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Melford, Myra / Trio M / Big Picture
Album:Big Picture Collection:Jazz
Artist:Melford, Myra / Trio M Added:Oct 2007

A-File Activity
Add Date:2008-01-06 Pull Date:2008-03-10 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Mar 9Mar 2Feb 10Feb 3Jan 27Jan 13

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 08, 2016:Rebop
Freekonomics, Secrets To Tell You, Modern Pine
4.May 02, 2008:Memory Select
Naive Art
2.Nov 06, 2015:Rebop
Brainfire And Buglight
5.Mar 07, 2008:Memory Select
Modern Pine
3.Jun 19, 2009:Memory Select
For Bradford
6.Feb 29, 2008:Memory Select
Naive Art

Album Review
Craig Matsumoto
Reviewed 2008-01-01 
Piano/bass/drums, accessible but in unconventional terms, as you'd expect from the members: Myra Melford (piano), Mark Dresser (bass), Matt Wilson (drums). Call it "free jazz," I suppose -- music with ties to the jazz tradition but a freedom to go beyond standard forms. Should appeal to "inside" jazz fans, especially 1,2,5. Many tracks start slow, but don't be fooled -- all but #6 get cooking as the players dig in.

1- (7:35) Upbeat; gets into mid/fast, hard-stepping tempo as all three members trade off quick little solos. Yes!
2- (5:13) Loose mid/fast, wandering, chipper. Lingering intro.
3- (5:41) Bursty activity: Halting splashes of aggressive playing, almost like a game. Even some gospel motifs.
4- (13:22) Lightly jittery, darting. Gets into some hyper-bebop moments, great fun. Second half is slower, lingering, with lots of bowed bass.
5- (6:54) Jazzy melody, a touch of blues. Could pass for club jazz although it catches fire and thrashes a bit later on.
6- (6:00) ECM-like: Atmospheric bowed bass, expansive piano chords. Pretty.
7- (5:23) Classical riff, into a stiff and catchy beat as the piano continues to wander.

Track Listing
1.Brainfire And Buglight 4.Big Picture
2.For Bradford 5.Modern Pine
3.Naive Art 6.Secrets To Tell You