Myra Melford’S Snowy Egret – The Other Side Of Air

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Melford, a pianist fascinated by improvisation from childhood, was drawn toward such key 1980s figures of the African American jazz avant garde as Anthony Braxton and Henry Threadgill, who showed her a world of new compositional principles often investigated by improv virtuosi just as happy with no structures at all. Those experiences (and a technique influenced by Cecil Tayloresque Charles Mingus pianist Don Pullen) has guided a true original’s spirit in Melford for over 25 years. The Other Side of Air, featuring sometime Bill Frisell partner Ron Miles on cornet and the articulate Liberty Ellman on guitar, is a musical slideshow of ducking-and-diving trumpet/guitar themes that the leader’s crisp piano rejoinders snap at the heels of, jostling improvised polyphonies, wistful, faintly Keith Jarrett-like piano meditations turning to brittle free-improv and percussive chord-themes that become bright, hoppy tunes. Visionary drummer Tyshawn Sorey is a vital force, Ellman’s lissom long lines and scurrying chords are constantly fresh, and the gentlest of closing codas reveals a complex venture with a shapely story arc, despite so many of its elements being left to chance. Melford always knows where she’s headed, but she doesn’t need to keep talented partners on a tight leash to get there. (The Guardian,

Track listing:

All tracks composed by Myra Melford
1 Motion Stop Frame 6:54
2 City of Illusion 8:45
3 Attic 9:26
4 Chorale 3:59
5 Small Thoughts 5:38
6 Other Side Of Air 3:14
7 Other Side Of Air II 8:36
8 Living Music 10:12
9 Dried Print On Cardboard 4:42
10 Turn & Coda 4:40

Stomu Takeishi – bass guitar
Ron Miles – cornet
Tyshawn Sorey – drums
Liberty Ellman – guitar
Myra Melford – piano

Label: Firehouse 12 Records ‎– FH12-04-01-029
Format: CD, Album
Country: US
Released: 02 Nov 2018
Producer: Myra Melford