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November New Releases and Revisiting Alice in Wonderland

Read "November New Releases and Revisiting Alice in Wonderland" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin

Happy November! Time to bundle up, run a Marathon, vote and enjoy the last weeks of Fall. In this broadcast, there are birthday celebrations for Roger Kellaway, Clifford Brown and singer Ethel Waters, among others. Also exciting new releases from pianists Myra Melford, Larry McDonough and bassist Alexander Claffy. Playlist Carol Robbins “The Chill" from Taylor Street (Jazzcats) 00:00 Amy London, Dylan Pramuk, Darmon Meader & Holli Ross “Just Step Right Up" from The Royal Bopsters Project ...

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Myra Melford Trio: Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1

Read "Alive In The House Of Saints Part 1" reviewed by John Sharpe

Back in 1993, pianist Myra Melford announced herself on the international stage with Alive In The House Of Saints and it still constitutes exhilarating listening. It was the third and, as it happened, last album by her trio completed by bassist Lindsey Horner and drummer Reggie Nicholson, following a brace of recordings on the Enemy imprint (although she did supplement the line up with trumpeter Dave Douglas and reedman Marty Ehrlich for Even The Sounds Shine (Hatology, 1995). Originally issued ...

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Suoni Per Il Popolo 2016

Read "Suoni Per Il Popolo 2016" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Suoni Per Il Popolo La Sala Rossa Montréal, Canada June 2-19, 2016 The final weekend of the 16th Suoni Per Il Popolo featured several notable performances by jazz-based artists: Myra Melford and Francois Bourassa; Luc Ex's Assemblee; and The Thing, with guest James Blood Ulmer. The program by pianists Melford and Bourassa at the concert hall of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montreal on Thursday, June 16 was divided into three parts: solo ...

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Myra Melford + Ben Goldberg: Dialogue

Read "Dialogue" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

In their first duo release Dialogue avant-garde jazz pianist Myra Melford and clarinetist Ben Goldberg's two instruments move in tandem yet independently, complimenting one another while exhibiting distinct qualities. At the forefront of open-minded music, the two have worked together in other ensembles yet performed sporadically as a duo since 2008. A 2013 Guggenheim Fellow, Melford is a fearless improviser and bandleader of several groups with exceptional recordings The Whole Tree Gone (Firehouse 12, 2010) and Snowy Egret(Yellobird,2015). A consummate ...

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Myra Melford: Snowy Egret

Read "Snowy Egret" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Restlessly innovative pianist and composer Myra Melford brings her exploratory approach and her adventurous melodic sense to her 2015 release Snowy Egret with her new ensemble of the same name. The inspiration for this intriguing album is Uruguayan author Eduardo Galleano's Memory of Fire trilogy. Originally part of a multimedia performance called the “Language of Dreams" the music, full of provocative harmonic ideas and a cinematic ambience, plays as a soundtrack of an art film.The haunting and wistful ...

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Myra Melford: Snowy Egret

Read "Snowy Egret" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Based on her multidimensional jazz schematics amid associations with like-minded artists nestled in the modern wave of jazz composers and improvisers, you wouldn't expect pianist, Myra Melford to compose works based on evening strolls in the park or mundane issues, for example. With her top-flight ensemble, Melford frames this plot on Eduardo Galeano's lucid and poetic Memory of Fire trilogy, concerning historical facets of the Western Hemisphere. And as surmised, the pianist consummates a broad perspective with these incandescent tomes, ...

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Myra Melford: Life Carries Me This Way

Read "Life Carries Me This Way" reviewed by Mark Corroto

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 ...

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Myra Melford: Life Carries Me This Way

Read "Life Carries Me This Way" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

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 ...

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

Read "Myra Melford's Language of Dreams at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts" reviewed by Harry S. Pariser

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, ...

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Myra Melford's Be Bread: The Whole Tree Gone

Read "The Whole Tree Gone" reviewed by Nic Jones

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 ...

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Myra Melford's Be Bread: The Whole Tree Gone

Read "The Whole Tree Gone" reviewed by John Sharpe

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 ...

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

Read "Myra Melford: Under The Water (Piano Solo and Duo), Continuation & My Fingers Will Be Your Tears" reviewed by Kurt Gottschalk

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 ...


Waltz for my Childhood

The last single of Jazzy Sky, a sweet Jazz song, about childhood memories...

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