Oliver Lake (b. Marianna, Arkansas, September 14, 1942) is an American jazz saxophonist, flutist, composer and poet. He is known mainly on alto saxophone but also performs on soprano saxophone and flute. During the 1960s Lake worked with the Black Artists Group. In 1977 Lake co-founded the World Saxophone Quartet, with David Murray, Julius Hemphill and Hamiet Bluiett.
Over the next two decades, that band reached a level of popularity perhaps unprecedented by a free jazz ensemble. Its late-’80s albums of Ellington works and R&B tunes attracted an audience that otherwise might never have found its way to such an esoteric style.
Lake continued working as a leader apart from the WSQ, making excellent small-group albums in the ’70s and ’80s for Arista/Freedom and Black Saint. In the ’80s, Lake led a reggae-oriented band, Jump Up, that had a significant degree of pop success, though its artistic appeal faded in comparison with his jazz work.
The single “Trickle Down Theory” was lifted from the 1983 LP “Plug It”. The track was written by Gene Lake and Oliver Lake and was released on a US Promo 12″ with Francois Kevorkian remixes.
Trickle Down Theory 7:21
Trickle Down Theory (Instrumental) 6:03