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Lynne Arriale Trio: Being Human

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Being Human
In the album Being Human, the Lynne Arriale Trio has crafted a release that delves into many dimensions of our shared humanity. Accompanied by the rhythmic backbone of bassist Alon Near and the pulsating energy of drummer Lukasz Zyta, the trio embarks on an exhilarating sonic journey.

A suite of ten original compositions is the frame on which Arriale hangs her musical narrative. Many of the tracks are dedicated to those who have inspired her life, infusing the music with a deeply personal and expressive quality. The opening track, "Passion," is dedicated to climate activist Greta Thunberg. Arriale's virtuosic piano style is evident from the number's opening notes. With emotive clarity and careful brilliant pacing, she effortlessly explores the color and texture of the composition. Both Near and Zyta provide supportive rhythmic atmospherics.

"Love" is the life force that propels humanity forward. In her approach to the number, Arriale looks to J.S. Bach for clarity of purpose. Her touch at the piano is firm and precise as she expands on her interpretation of this human emotion with structure and logic. Even early in this release, it is evident that there is an internal chemistry within the trio as they easily navigate the intricate arrangements and the spontaneous improvisations. In "Faith," which is grounded in the gospel tradition, the uncomplicated number structure does not temper Arriale's exploratory instincts.

The National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman is given the dedication for the track "Soul," which Arriale interprets with a sense of introspection and depth, as that name has been attributed to a wide variety of R&B-based musical styles. With the bassist Near providing a sturdy foundation on his instrument as both an accompanist and a soloist, Arriale shines on "Heart," which is filled with moments of tenderness and contains an elegantly formed solo. A change of pace is developed with "Joy," as the rhythmic and harmonic aspects of calypso come pouring from the speakers. The trio's infectious energy and jubilant spirit propels the music forward. This is a broadly accessible release filled with shape-shifting originals.

Track Listing

Passion; Courage; Love; Faith; Curiosity; Soul; Persistence; Heart; Gratitude; Joy; Love (Reprise).

Personnel

Alon Near
bass, acoustic
Additional Instrumentation

Lynne Arriale: Yamaha Clavinova.

Album information

Title: Being Human | Year Released: 2024 | Record Label: Challenge Records


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