"Some piano trios are all about the individual virtuosity of their members or focus on complex, iconoclastic arrangements. Lynne Arriale's trio gives primary place to group empathy. The communication she shares with longtime drummer Steve Davis and frequent bassist Jay Anderson produces a number of familiar themes that glow with a sense of proportion and effective for being so uncommon.
"Arriale's style is thoughtful and lean. She has come a long way in a long time. I met Lynne Arraile in a club in the East Village in 1991, she then went by the name of Lynne Bernstein. new to the big apple, lynne was full of enthusiasm, energy and perserverence. I wa sintrigued by her unorthodox method of combining music, diet and her brand of spirituality.
I was fortunate enough to book her in a club caleld "Sweet basil" located in the west village and also be the first eprson to catch her on video. I mention this because of the struggle in booking a female jazz pianist, especially one so far removed from the stereotypical, fast living, big drinkin, stereotype of such musicians. I myself coming off being a publicist for a major grammy award blues musician.
It was refreshing to see a musician who honed her music liek a science, one who was not afraid to take chances and when she won the Jazz Pianist competition in Florida. She became the first female to win this coveted award. Unfortunately, to see headlines calling her the best "female" jazz pianist was disappointing to me but she shrugged it aside and continued her journey.
Melody is a very successful part of this journey, where arriale and her band demonstarte the talent and craetivity that has made them one of the best jazz trios. This album/cd is one that should be in everyones jazz library. Thank you Lynne for your music and perserverence.