Thursday, October 25, 2007

Spark! at An Die Musik

Myra Melford/Marty Ehrlich Duo @ An Die Musik, Baltimore, MD
October 25, 2007

Myra Melford: piano
Marty Ehrlich: alto saxophone, bass clarinet, clarinet
with special guest -
Michael Formanek: bass

Out to promote their second CD as a duo; Spark!, Myra Melford and Marty Ehrlich bring considerable creative energy and deep musical chops as their sound sparks and often ignites. And as closely as I've followed Myra Melford's recording career - as well as several live performances - she continues to surprise my ears with unexpected turns and breathtaking synthesis of so many different influences and experiences. In this particular performance she moved seamlessly between the two distinct sides of her personal style that erased the gap I've often felt between her early trio recordings and her Same River Twice ensemble releases.

The first set featured interpretations of original compositions by Melford and Ehrlich along with a great Andrew Hill piece. Their take on Ehrlich's For Leroy - written for the late Leroy Jenkins - was particularly stirring. The second set focused on longer takes of fewer pieces with Michael Formanek sitting in to fill out a trio sound as these musicians settled into a deep, rhythmically tight pocket for some amazing music.

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