Wednesday 24 January 2018

Polished subtlety in every nuance


Lynne Arriale: Nuance

(For CD and DVD)

Lynne Arriale (piano), Randy Brecker (trumpet/flugelhorn), George Mraz (bass), Anthony Pinciotti (drums).

LEADING a quartet is a new departure for Lynne Arriale, who has concentrated on trio work up to now. She is a highly creative pianist who combines lyricism with precision.

Randy Brecker is a surprising choice, but, as it turns out, a good one. Here he plays in a cool-to-bop idiom, leaving his jazz-rock persona behind. Anthony Pinciotti is a real find; as for George Mraz, he must be the greatest living bass player at this stage. The communication between the four of them leads to an easy spontaneity and the kind of polished subtlety that gives the album its title, Nuance.

Six of the 11 tracks are originals by Arriale, while the others are by composers ranging from Thelonious Monk to Sting. The CD is a studio recording, while the DVD shows the quartet live in front of a small audience.

Meanwhile, the fiery saxophonist Julian Arguelles ends his tour with Ronan Guilfoyle and Jim Black tonight in JJ Smyth's. The Rock Fox/Hugh Buckley duo can be heard on Wednesday at The House, Howth, where dinner is included for €15. Dan Berglund (bass), known for his work with the late Esbjorn Svensson, leads his trio Tonbruket in the Button Factory next Saturday night.

Sunday Independent

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