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Trio M: The Guest House

Read "The Guest House" reviewed by Troy Collins

Historically, the most revered jazz piano trios tend to erase the distinction between leader and accompanist; empathetic listening skills and quicksilver responsiveness enable adroit performers to spontaneously shape the melodic, harmonic and rhythmic contours of the music in democratic fashion. The esteemed Trio M, whose personnel boasts pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson, is one such collective. Though Melford's return to the classic acoustic trio format that established her reputation in the early 1990s is notable, ...

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Trio M: Big Picture

Read "Big Picture" reviewed by Sean Patrick Fitzell

Superficially, the combination of pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson might seem unusual, though the three have previously commingled. Melford and Dresser are known for their work in freer contexts or exploring extended compositional forms, while Wilson--by no means a neo-traditionalist--has forged a reputation playing more established forms and grooves. After years of musing about a trio, the three convened for a gig and were so pleased with the results that they played more, ultimately heading ...

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Trio M: Big Picture

Read "Big Picture" reviewed by John Kelman

The dynamic that occurs when a specific group of players comes together just can't be predicted, even if they've worked together in other contexts. That's the story with Trio M--pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson--three musicians who have intersected on more than one occasion and talked about getting together as a trio. After a handful of 2006 gigs proved correct their inkling that this trio project had more than just potential, they hit the studio with ...


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