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Trio M: The Guest House

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The cooperative trio of pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson has become an extremely empathetic union, in which all three musicians mold their approaches to fit each of the tunes. While some of the tracks feel a little too subdued, with the performances overshadowing the structure of the composition, The Guest House comes off ultimately as a fairly strong statement.

Dresser, whose other work often swings further to the left of music like this, adds some of the most impressive elements. In Melford’s title track, he accents a solo by aggressively thumping double stops. In the coda, his bowing makes a dramatic, impellent whining sound; in fact, any time he uses the bow it propels the music, from the theme of “Even Birds Have Homes (To Return To)” to the intro of his “Tele Mojo,” a 12-minute expanse.

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