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Myriad3: Vera

Read "Vera" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Nell'affollato universo dei piano trio, i canadesi del Myriad 3 confermano il loro approccio personale fondato su calibrati equilibri musicali, in un gioco minimalista dove confluiscono elementi di rock progressivo e musica da camera. La loro musica è attentamente progettata e il pianoforte di Chris Donnelly svolge un ruolo davvero paritario con il contrabbasso di Dan ...

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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 ...

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Tell

Label: Alma Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: 01. Myriad (Fortin) - 5:39; 02. Fractured (Cervini) - 5:20; 03. For the Dreamers (Donnelly) - 4:42; 04. C Jam Blues (Ellington) - 3:52; 05. Disturbing Inspiration - Part 1(Cervini) - 6.07; 06. Disturbing Inspiration - Part 2 (Cervini) - 3.11; 07. Tell; Tell (Fortin) - 6:22; 08. Drifters (Donnelly) - 6:39; 09. But Still And Yet (Fortin) - 4:05; 10. Mr Awkward (Donnelly) - 4:39; 11. Lament/PEX (Donnelly) - 4:20.

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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 ...


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