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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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