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Lynne Arriale Trio: Melody

A marvelous yet under-recognized pianist from the Bill Evans-Keith Jarrett-Richie Bierach school of introspective lyricism, Arriale unites with bassist Scott Colley and longtime associate Steve Davis for this highly interactive trio session.

The trio’s collective daring can be heard on a stunning rendition of the standard “Beautiful Love,” which opens with a rubato statement before gradually heading into the swinging theme. Davis plays loose with the time feel, a la Paul Motian, before finally settling on an insistent ride cymbal pulse, allowing the band to take off. Arriale solos assuredly within the melody and Colley, who grounds the trio with strong walking lines, follows with a singing solo of his own. Davis enters the conversation with some melodic statements on the kit. They close on a gentle note with more supple interplay, making a perfect arc from the tune’s expressive intro.

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