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Lynne Arriale: Convergence

Lynne Arriale is a powerful pianist with a strong melodic sense and a taste for well-built pop tunes. Sparked by remarkable bass and oud player Omer Avital, tensile, tasteful drummer Anthony Pinciotti and Bill McHenry, a tenor saxophonist who can be broad-shouldered in one tune and breathy in the next, Arriale turns in six largely nature-themed originals and five cover versions that sample pop from the ’60s to the ’90s. Convergence is a wholly appropriate title.

Arriale delivers a sober take on Nine Inch Nails’ “Something I Can Never Have,” one of Trent Reznor’s earliest and most stately cuts; a romantic rendition of Sting’s “Sister Moon”; an appropriately rococo and imaginative update of the Rolling Stones’ driving “Paint It Black,” featuring a thoughtful Avital bass solo; an edgy update of Blondie’s “Call Me” featuring burly McHenry; and a “Here Comes the Sun” that stresses George Harrison’s melody but doesn’t push it far enough. It’s the one track that seems a tad anemic despite Avital’s resonant bass.

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