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Acid Impressionism. Classically trained pianist Lynne Arriale follows up Melody (TCB 99552) with an equally fine live recording, her first. Live At the Montreux Jazz Festival shimmers with wall-to-wall orchestral playing. The music here is full-bodied with a plush base provided by Arriale's smart pedal work. "Alone Together" swirls, while the two Monk tunes become her own as her Midas touch manifests while playing and then transforming these standards into a year 2000 body. Miles' "Seven Steps to Heaven" illustrates the tightness of the trio, a group whose precision is every bit as impressive as Fred Hersch's trio recordings. In fact, Arriale is the pianist closest to matching that ballad master, note-for-note. "Calypso" is a fun romp with the spirit, if not the talent, of "St. Thomas". A superb "An Affair to Remember" closes this set and adds a final satisfying touch to this very satisfying disc.
Track Listing: Alone Together; Evidence; With Words Unspoken; Seven Steps To Heaven; Think Of One; Estate; Calypso; An Affair To Remember. (Total Time: 50:38)
Personnel: Lynne Arriale: Piano; Jay Anderson: Bass; Steve Davis: Drums.