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Guest House Import

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 8 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Enja
  • ASIN: B005TK1QXG
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ae2139c) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9afd40fc) out of 5 stars it cooks... May 18 2012
By Ali Haluk - Published on Amazon.com
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Yes, it really cooks. Because some of the originals are written for a special cooking collaboration with "the great food maestro, Paul Canales" as Myra Melford puts him. "All three of us exchanged musical ideas with Paul and he, in turn, sent us photos of new dishes he was concocting. We each came up with new music (and he with new recipes) based on our exchange" she adds. The result is delicious :)

But this is the story or inspiration behind only two of the original tunes (hospitable and melodic opening track "The Guest House" and the longest track consisting of two parts, one is avant-gardish, the other is easy to catch, "Tele Mojo"); remaining seven have their own stories and inspirations. Yet, they also cook...

Drummer M(att Wilson)'s "Al" is a dedication to Albert Ayler and he says that "It is hard to imagine anyone in his world ever referring to him as Al. Though his purity and selflessness makes me think he would have not been upset by an occasional, 'Hey Al, I really dig your music!'"

Pianist M(yra Melford)'s "'Even Birds Have Homes (to return to)' was inspired by the poetry of Al-Jawahiri and is dedicated to those people who have lost their homes through war, famine, unemployment or unscrupulous lenders."

Bassist M(ark Dresser)'s "'Ekoneni' is dedicated to Yvonne Vera, the late, great writer from Zimbabwe whose book, 'The Stone Virgins' inspired the spirit of the tune."

Trio M's music cooks for the ones who love and appreciate sophistication, lyrical expression and different kind of inspirations from experimental but delicious dishes to social causes in trio music...
HASH(0x9b597b94) out of 5 stars Can music get any better...of course it can, but...this is very, very good. Jan. 7 2014
By Boots Ellroy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is food and sustenance for your musical soul. Myra Melford is a wizard and an incredibly talented and forceful pianist. She must workout to have such abilities and strengths. This leads the listener to lovely, satisfying territory.
HASH(0x9ae212dc) out of 5 stars beautiful music uncategorizable July 31 2014
By unsworthyeti - Published on Amazon.com
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beauty never dies
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9b2c33c0) out of 5 stars TRULY COLLABORATIVE MODERNIST JAZZ Jan. 20 2013
By David Keymer - Published on Amazon.com
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MELFORD, Myra/Be Bread. The Image of Your Body. Cryptoigramphone. 2006. $16.30.
MM, p, harmonium; Brandon Ross, elect guit, bjo, voc; Cuong Vu, tpt, electronics; Stomu Takeishi, elect and acoust b, electronics; Elliott Humberto Kavee, dr.

TRIO M. The Guest House. Enja Yellow Bird. 2011. $13.84.
MELFORD, Myra, p; DRESSER, Mark, b; WILSON, Matt, dr.

Myra Melford has been a name I've heard of but not heard until now. These two albums -with her collaborative Trio M, recorded in 2011, and with her quartet, Be Bread (guitarist/banjoist Ross and trumpeter Vu trade off on different cuts), recorded eight years earlier and released three years later--do a lot to make up for my omission. Image features Melford's quartet, Be Bread. It's a very tasty album, featuring good modernist jazz. The range of instruments deployed -Melford switching from piano to harmonium, Ross from guitar to banjo, two players doubling on electronics--makes for interesting ensemble work. Melford wrote all the compositions on the album and they're good. In her liner notes, she credits her inspiration to a recent visit to India and the liner notes include a translation of a poem, "The Image of Your Body," by the Sufi mystic Rumi. The musicians on this album are first rate. They listen to each other and the result is collaborative, sensitive yet driving jazz music of a high order.

The Guest House is a collaborative effort, with compositions from all three members of the group. The music is exciting -it both tickles the intellect and drives the senses. All three musicians are first rate but the drummer, Matt Wilson, in particular drives me nuts. He is so good -kind of a West Coast American analogue to my favorite ECM drummer Jon Christensen in his use of complex and always changing rhythm patterns and dynamics and his responsiveness to his partners in the group. As for Melford, try as I may, I don't know who she sounds like. She's just herself. And it`s a very good thing to be. She has obviously listened to a lot of pianists and she mines them for her own uses. She is also a very interesting composer. This is a truly superior album.

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