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Myra Melford & Ben Goldberg: Dialogue

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Ben Goldberg and Myra Melford have each served in supporting roles on one another’s ambitious projects. Melford’s piano appeared in Goldberg’s Orphic Machine last year, a nonet session that combined original music with the writer Allen Grossman’s poetic observations of the world. Goldberg’s clarinet played a key role in Melford’s Be Bread ensemble, on the 2010 album The Whole Tree Gone. Having developed a telepathic interplay, they exploit it on Dialogue, which is exactly what the title implies.

Conversational though they may be, Melford and Goldberg do not engage exclusively in spontaneous musical excursions on the album. The pianist composed eight of the tracks, with Goldberg taking credit for the remaining five.

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