Trio Tapestry

Trio Tapestry is a studio album by American jazz saxophonist Joe Lovano released on January 25, 2019 (2019-01-25) by ECM Records. The album was recorded in March 2018 together with pianist Marilyn Crispell and percussionist Carmen Castaldi.[7]

Trio Tapestry
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2019 (2019-01-25)
RecordedMarch 2018
StudioSear Sound, NYC
LabelECM Records
ProducerManfred Eicher
Joe Lovano chronology
Classic! Live at Newport
Trio Tapestry
Professional ratings
Review scores
All About Jazz[2]
Financial Times[3]
The Times[6]


ECM Records has already featured Lovano in the groups of other musicians, but Trio Tapestry is his debut for the label as a band leader.[4] The album contains eleven tracks written by Lovano.


Thomas Conrad of JazzTimes praised Lovano's performance, stating "He is known for his power and his wealth of ideas. But here, in this spare context, he deals with fewer ideas and therefore concentrates on the essential ones. It is fascinating to hear him develop diverse melodies from the stepping stones of his tunes. In this bare trio, the beauty of his musical logic is laid bare. The reverberations of his gongs add mystery and also suggest key centers for improvisation".[8] Chris Pearson of The Times stated "Joe Lovano became famous for his exuberant, free-wheeling playing and passion for vintage modern jazz. Generating as much warmth as heat, he is among the most exciting and beloved jazz heroes of his time. Yet on this disc, his first as leader for ECM, he is a different man".[6] Paddy Kehoe of added "The album [is] a wedge of sax solo in the spotlight, drums or percussion sliding stealthily in, a piano lending body and intimacy. There is a pleasing serenity about much of the album, a feeling of quiet meander driven by Crispell’s Debussy-like touches".[5]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Joe Lovano.

1."One Time In"3:41
2."Seeds of Change"5:13
3."Razzle Dazzle"3:40
4."Sparkle Lights"4:07
6."Piano / Drum Episode"3:40
7."Gong Episode"2:01
8."Rare Beauty"6:18
9."Spirit Lake"3:49
11."The Smiling Dog"2:55
Total length:48:04


  • Joe Lovano – gong, tenor saxophone, tarogato
  • Carmen Castaldi – drums, percussion
  • Marilyn Crispell – piano


  1. Collar, Matt. "Trio Tapestry - Joe Lovano | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  2. Jurkovic, Mike (3 February 2019). "Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry". All About Jazz. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  3. Hobart, Mike (15 February 2015). "Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry — album has a spiritual ambience". Financial Times. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  4. Layman, Will (19 February 2019). "Joe Lovano Keeps on Discovering and Surprising on 'Trio Tapestry'". PopMatters. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. Kehoe, Paddy (30 January 2019). "Album review: Joe Lovano - Trio Tapestry". RTÉ.ie. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  6. Pearson, Chris (1 February 2019). "Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry review". The Times. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  7. Shteamer, Hank (27 January 2019). "Song You Need to Know: Joe Lovano, 'Rare Beauty'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  8. Conrad, Thomas (17 February 2019). "Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry (ECM)". JazzTimes. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
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