Myra Melford's Crush

Dance Beyond the Color

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This the debut recording of pianist Myra Melford's Crush trio. Electric bassist Stomu Takeishi and drummer Kenny Wolleson do much to bring out the strange beauty of Melford's compositions, which range from the perky tempos of "Dance Beyond the Color" and "Yellow Are Crowds of Flowers II" to the shapeless soundscapes of "Orange" and "Chalk Sanskrit." Melford's piano is by turns swinging, contemplative, grandiose, and aggressively pointillistic, recalling equal parts Keith Jarrett, Paul Bley, and Cecil Taylor. Perhaps there's even a hint of McCoy Tyner during "Always Chant Could One." Melford's performances on the harmonium, an Asian keyboard instrument, add unexpected twists to "Like Rain Whispers Mist," "Equal Grace," and "In Memoriam."

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