Among other things, Visiting Texture illustrates the principle of addition by subtraction. It’s the first studio album by Trio 3 as an actual trio with Oliver Lake on alto saxophone, Reggie Workman on bass and Andrew Cyrille on drums in more than a decade, since the excellent Time Being in 2006. The intervening years have seen the group work powerfully with some serious guest pianists: notably Geri Allen, Irène Schweizer, Vijay Iyer and Jason Moran. But there’s a specific character to the group’s trilateral rapport, which finds full expression here. The working history among these musicians stretches back several decades, rooted in an idea of collectivity and intuition: their motto has long been a group where music is the leader.
Improvisation to a large degree is always having an element of surprise, Cyrille reflects. Even if were playing something that’s arranged, we want to spark it so that there’s always a certain magic happening as the music is being developed. The entirety of Visiting Texture adheres to that conviction, bound by a spirit of real-time discovery. (Nat Chinen) ~Editorial Review | Amazon