Lynne Arriale Trio

Give Us These Days

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Label: Challenge Records
UPC: 0608917345322
Catnr: CR 73453
Release date: 01 June 2018
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01 June 2018

"... The music of Arriales is serious, somewhat melancholic perhaps. Again and again there are passages of extraordinary aesthetics and sensuality. Arrial melodies sound as innocent and fragile as old children's songs. The pianist succeeds again and again in making the tone of the piano truly sing...  "

Pianonews, 30-10-2018
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Whether as a soloist or leader of the ensembles Lynne Arriale’s artistry and influence are profound, have elevated her stature as composer, arranger and performer to a renown shared by few other jazz musicians.

Jazz, especially as played by a small ensemble such as the Lynne Arriale Trio, breaks with the tradition to speak with one voice and grants the musicians an opportunity for individual creativity and spontaneous interaction. Therefore, it may be more accurate to characterize jazz performance as a musical conversation among the players shared with an audience. Jazz, the most democratic music, charges each musician with an obligation to accompany and support the others, but it also grants each one a number of occasions to lead the band with a solo.

Group interaction as practiced by this trio is a fine blend of virtuoso playing, individual assertiveness, selflessness, cooperation and a shared commitment to fashion an ensemble sound greater than the sum of its parts.

“Give Us These Days” is ambitious in its conception and its unbridled sense of wonder. Evolved from the creative genius that foretold her reputation as an extraordinary piano poet and composer, the six original tunes and three arrangements on this CD chart a new course for the trio. It leads, ever so gently, to the chambers of the heart, there to reflect upon the precious and ephemeral nature of existence. What emerges is the theme of this record, brilliantly illuminated by the title track: Given the unpredictability and impermanence of life, savor each moment.

Her playing on these pieces is powerful; informed by rigorous classical training, prodigious technique, and seemingly boundless creativity. There is more; a quiet morality nurtured by her unflagging devotion to this music, unfettered by ego, and lifted by a palpable sense of spiritual equanimity.

Lynne’s fellow presenters are both from the Netherlands; double bassist and co-producer, Jasper Somsen and drummer Jasper van Hulten. Jasper Somsen known for his signature sound, feel and lyricism. Jasper van Hulten brings propulsive energy to the group, focused by his sensitivity to the subtleties and conventions of trio drumming.
The last word in this remarkable musical discourse is given over to Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits’ Take It With Me, a delicate and winsome farewell lovingly sung by vocalist Kate McGarry. The masterful duet by Kate and Lynne perfectly conveys the song’s message of humility and gratitude; a most fitting end to this memorable production, and to life itself.
Lawrence Abrams
Ob als Solistin oder als Leiterin von Ensembles – Lynne Arriale's Kunstfertigkeit und ihr Einfluss sind tief greifend und haben ihren Ruf als Komponistin, Arrangeurin und Interpretin zu einem Ruhm erhoben, den nur wenige andere Jazzmusiker teilen.
Der Jazz, vor allem in der Besetzung eines kleinen Ensembles wie dem des Lynne Arriale Trios, bricht mit der Tradition einer einzigen Stimme und gibt den Musikern die Möglichkeit zu individueller Kreativität und spontaner Interaktion. Folglich kann man eine Jazz-Performance als ein musikalisches Gespräch unter den Spielern beschreiben, welches mit dem Publikum geteilt wird. Der Jazz, die demokratischste Musik, verpflichtet jeden Musiker, die anderen zu begleiten und zu unterstützen, aber er gibt auch jedem eine Reihe von Gelegenheiten, die Band mit einem Solo zu leiten.
Die Gruppeninteraktion, wie sie dieses Trio praktiziert, ist eine gelungene Mischung aus virtuosem Spiel, individueller Durchsetzungskraft, Selbstlosigkeit, Kooperation und der gemeinsamen Verpflichtung, einen Ensembleklang zu gestalten, der größer ist als die Summe seiner Teile.
"Give Us These Days" ist sowohl in seiner Konzeption als auch in seinem unbändigen Empfinden ehrgeizig. Entstanden aus dem kreativen Genie, das ihren Ruf als außergewöhnliche Klavierdichterin und Komponistin begründete, weisen die sechs Originaltitel und drei Arrangements auf dieser CD einen neuen Weg für das Trio. Sie führen sanft zu den Bereichen des Herzens, um über die kostbare und vergängliche Natur des Daseins nachzudenken. Was dabei herauskommt, ist das Thema dieses Albums, welches durch den Titeltrack brillant beleuchtet wird: Angesichts der Unberechenbarkeit und Unbeständigkeit des Lebens jeden Moment zu genießen.
Ihr Spiel auf diesen Stücken ist kraftvoll, geprägt von rigoroser klassischer Ausbildung, erstaunlicher Technik und scheinbar grenzenloser Kreativität. Es gibt noch mehr: eine stille Moral, die von ihrer unermüdlichen Hingabe an diese Musik genährt wird, die von ihrem Ego befreit und von einem spürbaren Sinn für geistige Gelassenheit getragen wird.
Lynne's Kollegen kommen beide aus den Niederlanden: Kontrabassist und Co-Produzent, Jasper Somsen und Schlagzeuger Jasper van Hulten. Jasper Somsen ist bekannt für seinen unverkennbaren Sound, sein Gefühl und seine Lyrik. Jasper van Hulten bringt treibende Energie in die Gruppe, fokussiert durch seine Sensibilität für die Feinheiten und Konventionen des Trio-Drummings.
Das letzte Wort in diesem bemerkenswerten musikalischen Diskurs wird Kathleen Brennan und Tom Waits' Take It With Me gegeben, ein delikater und gefälliger Abschied, der von der Sängerin Kate McGarry liebevoll gesungen wird. Das meisterhafte Duett von Kate und Lynne vermittelt perfekt die Botschaft des Liedes von Demut und Dankbarkeit; ein passender Abschluss dieser denkwürdigen Produktion und des Lebens selbst.
Lawrence Abrams

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Pianist/composer Lynne Arriale’s career is graced by a love of melody and a joy of musical discovery. Arriale has performed on international concert and festival stages over the past 25 years. The consummate storyteller, she immediately connects with her listeners. JazzTimes wrote, "She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her… Lynne Arriale’s music lies at the synaptic intersection where brain meets heart, where body meets soul. She is one of jazzdom’s most intensely unique voices."

At the core of Arriale’s appeal is her ability to communicate with her band and listeners. "The poet laureate of her generation” (Jazz Police), her performances and recordings with her trio led to comparisons with the great trios of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, yet she has been consistently praised as having a "singular voice" as a pianist, leader, composer, and arranger. "I really can’t compare her to anyone," said recent collaborator and multi-Grammy winner Randy Brecker. "Her music transcends the word ‘jazz’ – it is just pure music."

Arriale was the first prize winner of the 1993 International Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and soon launched her touring and recording career. Her 13 CDs as a leader have topped the Jazzweek Radio Charts; Inspiration and Arise reached #1 and Come Together #3, Nuance #4 and were included on numerous "Best Of" lists, including The New Yorker and United Press International. Her tenth trio recording, LIVE (CD/DVD) was named one of UPI’s Best Jazz CDs and among The New Yorker Magazine’s Best CDs of the year. Solo was named one of the top CDs of 2012 by JAZZIZ Magazine, and Convergence was named one of the top 50 CDs of 2011 by JazzTimes. Arriale was #13 and #17 in the piano category for the 2015 and 2016 Downbeat Reader's Poll.

She was selected to substitute for Marian McPartland with the 100 Golden Fingers tour of Japan with iconic jazz pianists Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway, Junior Mance and Ray Bryant. Arriale has performed and/or recorded with jazz greats Randy Brecker, George Mraz, Benny Golson, Rufus Reid and Marian McPartland, to name a few. Her international performances on concert and festival stages include the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Montreux, Burghausen, Gilmore, Spoleto Arts, Montreal, Monterey, North Sea, Stuttgart, Pori, San Francisco, Ottawa, Zagreb, Perth, Brisbane, Rouen, Cannes MIDEM, Sardinia, Rochester, Wigan, Poznan, Estoril, Palermo, Inverness, Cork and San Javier. Arriale has toured Brazil, Germany, Austria, Serbia, Poland, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, France, Belgium,The Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, Australia, Japan, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, England, Ireland, Scotland, Canada, China, South Africa and the U.S.

Arriale’s live TV and radio appearances and concert performances include Profile of a Recording Artist, NPR’s Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland, NPR’s Jazz Piano Christmas, CNN/FN Biz, the BBC, Radio France and German National Television.Press features include Billboard, Downbeat, JazzTimes, JAZZIZ, BBC Magazine, The London Times and cover stories for JazzEd, One Way and M Magazines.

A devoted educator and Yamaha artist, Arriale is currently Professor of Jazz Studies and Director of Small Ensembles at The University of North Florida in Jacksonville.

“Lynne Arriale’s remarkable career is graced by a rare commitment to authenticity and vulnerability defined by careful craft and high artistic standards. It is precisely this willingness to remain so emotionally exposed that makes her performances so accessible to music lovers of all kinds” (All About Jazz).

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... The music of Arriales is serious, somewhat melancholic perhaps. Again and again there are passages of extraordinary aesthetics and sensuality. Arrial melodies sound as innocent and fragile as old children's songs. The pianist succeeds again and again in making the tone of the piano truly sing...  
Pianonews, 30-10-2018

...With Jasper Somsen on bass and Jasper van Hulten on drums, she has found a very good addition to her grandiose playing. ...My tip is the ballad "Another Sky". The three play here on an equal footing, yet interpret the piece in their own way, never losing touch with each other....
Melodiva, 10-9-2018

.. The melody is played, but is actually only a springboard for the lively solo interactions, in which especially drummer Jasper van Hulten spices up the trio sound with a good portion of rock power…   ... 'Slightly Off Center' is earthy bluesy swing, which the band realizes with a lot of joy in playing. Here bassist Jasper Somsen shines...    
Jazzthetik, 30-8-2018

... timeless music like this ...
Jazzthing, 24-8-2018

On the cover of the CD: the portrait of a delicate beauty, smiling with eyes closed. You get curious about this woman right away. The same effect occurs when pianist Lynne Arriale plays the first notes on her new album. From a jazz that sounds so elegant and powerful, from such a sound and such energy one simply still wants more and is not disappointed over the entire album length.
Bayerischer Rundfunk, 28-5-2018

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