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Give Us These Days
Give Us These Days
"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