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Myriad3: Vera

Read "Vera" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

The number of contemporary jazz piano trios that take their inspiration from non-jazz sources seems to grow all the time. To a list that includes The Bad Plus, Phronesis, and E.S.T. add the Canadian group Myriad3 which draws from concepts in classical music and progressive rock. They often begin their pieces with one repeated figure and ...

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Myriad3: Vera

Read "Vera" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Vera, the fourth album from the Toronto-based trio collective Myriad3, is a fascinating example of how fastidious design principles and shrewdly executed extemporization can truly complement and even counterpoise one another. There's serious attention to detail in each of these ten pieces, but the music benefits greatly from its embrace of uncertainties and creative expression(s).

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Myriad3: Moons

Read "Moons" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Someone's always trying to take a tried and true format out on a new tangent. Consider the piano trio: Bill Evans introduced deep, classically-influenced harmonics and a democracy of instrumental input in the late fifties and early sixties. The Esbjorn Svennson Trio (e.s.t.) brought in classical, rock, pop and techno elements; The Bad Plus plays with ...

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Rich Brown: Abeng

Read "Abeng" reviewed by Dave Wayne

In jazz, it's all about the company you keep. The press accompanying bass virtuoso Rich Brown's third album, Abeng, specifically calls out Roy Ayers and Weather Report as musical reference points. And while there's a breath of Ayers' silky R&B feel to the slinky “Promessa," and though Brown's use of his fretless electric bass as a ...

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Myriad3: The Where

Read "The Where" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo il notevole debutto di due anni fa con Tell, il piano trio canadese torna con un avventuroso lavoro, che evidenzia personalità in una formula strumentale che sembrava aver espresso ormai tutto, senza lasciare altri margini creativi. Se quell'esordio s'ispirava al trio EST di Esbjörn Svensson ora la ricerca si fa più autonoma, ponendo in essere ...

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Myriad3: The Where

Read "The Where" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Myriad3--the Toronto-based trio of pianist Chris Donnelly, bassist Dan Fortin, and drummer Ernesto Cervini--may be the most noteworthy small group to emerge from Canada in years. Tell (Alma, 2013) introduced the band to the world, marking Myriad3 as an outfit with a post-modern outlook, respect for the traditions of this music, and the smarts not to ...

Myriad 3: Tell

Read "Myriad 3: Tell" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Three young guys in suits. Piano trio with a “band" name. Canadian. All original compositions except for “C Jam Blues." Wait, “C Jam Blues"? What? No indie rock covers? Well, then there's no way these guys could be Canada's answer to The Bad Plus. No electronics or sampling. Well, then Myriad 3 are not Canada's answer ...

Myriad3: Tell

Read "Tell" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Tell è il debutto di un piano trio canadese formato da tre ex allievi dell'Università di Toronto che suonano regolarmente nei locali del capoluogo dell'Ontario. Il più noto è il pianista Chris Donnelly, che ha già pubblicato due dischi a suo nome nel 2008 e nel 2011. Il primo (Solo) è stato favorevolmente accolto dalla critica ...

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Myriad3: Tell

Read "Tell" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Tell is the debut of Myriad3, a young, Toronto, Canada-based trio formed in 2011 after its members met on local gigs. Recording the album over just two days the following year, the trio's interplay and sense of togetherness belie both its members' youth and the relatively recent establishment of Myriad3 as a unit. There's a very ...


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