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Mellow Side of the Blue Note Review & More

Read "Mellow Side of the Blue Note Review & More" reviewed by Marc Cohn

This week, we finish tracking Volume 1 of the Blue Note Review, which is now out-of-print. Volume 2 just arrived and you can listen for it in the months ahead. We also feature selections from Sonny Rollins at his first full recording date as a leader from December 1951. But, of course, there's more--see for yourself, below. Enjoy the show! Next week, it's a February 1969 Blue Note 50th anniversary recording and BN-6 from Sidney Bechet. Playlist Mike ...

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Give Us These Days

Read "Give Us These Days" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

When it comes to the art of the trio, pianist Lynne Arriale is always in her element. Over the past quarter century she's released two riveting handfuls of dates exploring this configuration, only rarely moving afield as on her plainly-titled previous release--Solo (Motema, 2012). Each one of those trio outings stands as its own distinctive work of art, unique in design and expression, yet all bear the hallmarks of a singular artistry, showcasing adept fingers and tremendous heart. This one ...

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Lynne Arriale: Solo

Read "Solo" reviewed by Dave Sumner

Following up on her strong quartet album Convergence (Motema, 2011), pianist Lynne Arriale returns with a solo recording--a risky venture for any artist. In an ensemble setting, a musician has collaborators with whom to work and exchange ideas before the record button is punched, and more importantly, while the session is on the move. In ensemble play, a musician's unformed ideas or sound can be made whole by the other musicians in the ensemble; this is a big reason why ...

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Quietly and brilliantly the Lynne Arriale Trio has been defining the art of the piano trio. For nearly fifteen years, Arriale, bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Steve Davis have created smart, inventive jazz that has the capacity to wow audiences thanks to its expansive approach to tunes, virtuosic playing and sheer longevity. And, of course, it celebrates that rare--in the jazz world--phenomenon of a group playing together for a long period of time. This album also celebrates the joy of ...

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by Jim Santella

This CD/DVD set was recorded at the 36th annual Burghausen Jazz Week last year. The trio, which has been together since 1993, brings fresh ideas to the forum for this concert date, which took place in a large auditorium with excellent acoustics. The performance swings comfortably, and yet it's loaded with surprises.

Pianist Lynne Arriale is a master of cool persuasion. She likes to caress the keyboard and let things settle in gradually. Whether she's interpreting a warm ...

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Live

Read "Live" reviewed by John Kelman

Lyricism and empathy provide the focus for pianist Lynne Arriale's Live. There's nothing wrong with reaching out to an audience with catchy melodies and accessible rhythms, as this trio makes clear. Arriale is supported by bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Steve Davis--veteran players who, despite busy schedules, have made Arriale a priority since joining her on her debut, The Eyes Have It (DMP, 1993).

As is evident on Live, an audience that's properly engaged can be led almost anywhere. The ...

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The Lynne Arriale Trio: Come Together

Read "Come Together" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Anyone who can keep a jazz trio intact for ten years, as pianist Lynne Arriale has done, deserves a medal for doing nothing more than that. But Arriale does more. For one thing, she plays flawlessly, as one would expect from someone who has caressed the keyboard as long as she has; for another, she composes and arranges; and last but not least, she charts the course that the trio will follow.

On Come Together, the path Arriale has chosen ...

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The Lynne Arriale Trio: Come Together

Read "Come Together" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The Lynne Arriale Trio is yet another distinguished piano trio on the current jazz scene. Along with drummer Steve Davis and bassist Jay Anderson, Lynne Arriale celebrates their tenth anniversary release with Come Together and gives new listeners a taste of their own identity with fresh performances and superb musicianship. Past releases Arise and Inspiration have earned the trio praise, airplay, as well as standing ovations at events such the Kennedy Center's Mary Lou Williams “Women in Jazz" Festival in ...

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The Lynne Arriale Trio: Arise

Read "Arise" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Lynne Arriale has developed a reputation for being an intelligently harmonic and effortlessly lyrical pianist, orbiting in the same rarified sphere as Fred Hersch, Alan Broadbent, and the late Tommy Flanagan. Ms. Arriale has maintained a stably performing trio for the past number of years, accruing many recordings to her credit, including— Melody , Inspiration , and Live At the Montreux Jazz Festival . Her new recording, Arise, was in part inspired by the September 11, 2001 tragedy and that ...

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Inspiration

Read "Inspiration" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Intellectual Music...

Lynne Arriale and her fine trio have become a bright diamond in the TCB catalog. To date she has released four recordings: A Long Road Home (TCB 979520), Melody (TCB 99552), Live At Montreux (20252) and the present Inspiration. I am continually stuck with the sheer cerebral power of Ms. Arriale's playing. She is a smart performer with and expansive and orchestral style that substitute the mundane earthiness encountered in many trio settings with a sophisticated intellect, exuding ...

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Lynne Arriale Trio: Live At the Montreux Jazz Festival

Read "Live At the Montreux Jazz Festival" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

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Lynne Arriale/The Lynne Arriale Trio: Live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival

Read "Live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival" reviewed by AAJ Staff

We all have albums in our collection that are earmarked as fovorites for certain specific occasions. The Lynne Arriale Trio Live at the Montreaux Jazz Festival is one of my favorite after-work-put-your-feet-up albums. As the title suggests, the album is a live recording and the ambiance of the concert carries through. You can sense the excitement and that little “butterflies" tension that comes with the knowledge that there won't be any “take two". And you also feel the enthusiasm of ...