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Alister Spence and Myra Melford: Everything Here Is Possible

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This exceptional piano duo featuring American Myra Melford and Sydney-based Australian Alister Spence, known for his local trio and an acclaimed duo with Scottish saxophonist Raymond MacDonald ; (Stepping Behind The Shadows, Rufus, 2012), was recorded during late 2012 while Melford toured Australia with her Trio M. The pianist/composers got to know each other through a mutual friend, Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii, who recorded a duo with Melford, Under The Water, Libra, 2009). This aptly-titled session was produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for its radio program Jazz Up Late and beautifully captured Melford and Spence ...

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Myra Melford: Life Carries Me This Way

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All great artists turn their listeners into voyeurs, allowing them an intimate glimpse into their private thoughts. For pianist Myra Melford the invitation has been a long time coming. After twenty-plus years of recording, Life Carries Me This Way is her first solo session. She has drawn praise for her recent work in the collaborative Trio M with Matt Wilson and Mark Dresser, her quintet Snowy Egret, the electric-acoustic Be Bread, and a duo project Dialogue with Ben Goldberg. Her past associations have included Dave Douglas, Marty Ehrlich, Henry Threadgill, and Butch Morris. The eleven solo ...

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Myra Melford: Life Carries Me This Way

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Pianist Myra Melford's first solo disc, Life Carries Me This Way, is a musical exploration the paintings of California visual artist Don Reich. Rendering a painting--an art form that can be taken in at once, with one look--and addressing its moods, colors, shapes and textures over the course of a composition is not a easy task. Though in jazz, it's certainly not unheard of. The connection between abstract art and the improvisation-based music goes back at least to pianist Dave Brubeck's Time Out (Columbia Records, 1959), with its distinctive abstract cover art by painter Neil Fujita. Recording and ...

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Myra Melford's Language of Dreams at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

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Myra Melford's Snowy Egret Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, CA November 8, 2013 Within the intimate confines of the YBCA Forum in the heart of San Francisco's museum district, a gray, out- of-focus video screened a country road. On one platform set directly under the screen, piano, drums, two chairs and two stools were set up in a row, awaiting the arrival of the musicians. A stage directly below held a large, semi-opaque plastic tarpaulin. The evening would unfold the premiere of pianist Myra Melford's fledgling multimedia effort, Language of Dreams . ...

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Myra Melford's Be Bread: The Whole Tree Gone

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Pianist Myra Melford founded this ensemble in 2002, specifically as an outlet for her compositions. She's blessed indeed, because this line up realizes them so beautifully. Her work can be described as pervasively contemplative though never quiet, which in its way is every bit as distinctive as the late Andrew Hill's depth of compositional character.

Melford's not afraid to cover bases either. Her solo free exposition into “Moon Bird" is the work of a pianist secure in her instrumental identity. When the piece comes to fruition with the entry of the band, it's clear that every acoustic line-up ...

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Myra Melford's Be Bread: The Whole Tree Gone

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It's been too long since pianist Myra Melford's last release as bandleader, especially as we can now hear what we've been missing. For the second outing by her Be Bread ensemble, the pianist has assembled an all star cast of frequent collaborators. Bassist Stomu Takeishi, guitarist Brandon Ross and trumpeter Cuong Vu are holdovers from the debut disc, here joined by clarinetist Ben Goldberg and Matt Wilson at the traps. Melford herself concentrates solely on piano. Electronics are set aside for an all-acoustic palette, resulting in a high level of cohesiveness across the 65-minute program.

Most of the ...

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Myra Melford: Under The Water (Piano Solo and Duo), Continuation & My Fingers Will Be Your Tears

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Satoko Fujii / Myra Melford Under the Water Libra 2009 Alex Cline Continuation Cryptogramophone 2009 Andrew Drury My Fingers Will Be Your Tears Cadence Jazz Records 2009 As Myra Melford continues to challenge herself with new ensembles and approaches to composing, the opportunities to hear her as a 'session player' grow rarer. And in fact, the pianist has spent most of her career as a leader, ...



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