Virtual Reality: Total Escapism

Oliver Lake

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Virtual Reality: Total Escapism Review

by Scott Yanow

Altoist Oliver Lake does some of his finest playing on this lesser-known quartet date. Lake displays his roots in Eric Dolphy on some selections (particularly "Fables for Faubus" and "The Prophet"), more in his tone than in the interval jumps. Other selections find him improvising in a more conservative chordal-based setting than usual but with his usual fire, unpredictability, and fearlessness. Guitarist Anthony Peterson is a perfect foil for Lake in this inside/outside music while bassist Santi Debriano and drummer Pheeroan akLaff provide stimulating support. Oliver Lake is heard throughout at the top of his game, making this both an easily recommended set for his fans and a perfect introduction to his dynamic music.

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