Monday, May 16, 2022

Joe Lovano, Marilyn Crispell, and Carmen Castaldi at Don Bosco in Basel

Tonight's concert in Basel by Joe Lovano's Tapestry Trio, with Marilyn Crispell (piano) and Carmen Castaldi (drums), was the seventh or eighth time I've seen Lovano, so I was mostly anticipating seeing Crispell live for the first time, after several decades of enjoying excellent recordings by and with her. While Lovano and Crispell both delivered, Castadi’s drumming was unfortunately mostly uninspired. Except for a few passages when his use of toms offered effective accompaniment to the other two, his static ride cymbal and snare drum distracted from their playing rather than supporting it. I hope I get a chance to hear Crispell solo someday — or at least with a better drummer. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 16 May 2022)

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