"Wow!" is far too mild of an expletive to use when describing Myra Melford's Snowy Egret album, The Other Side of Air.(Though I am trying to keep this G rated, so it will have to suffice...) If you are a vinyl lover like me, grab it while you can. It IS a limited edition! 😎
I'm admittedly more of a person who wants to like jazz, rather than someone who actually knows a lot about it. The Other Side of Air, perhaps because the title has primed me, seems, well, airy. The music flows around the room more as a suggestion to listen. My favorite is the beginning to "City of Illusion," I could listen to that piano for far longer.
Favorite track: City of Illusion.
Bay Area pianist Myra Melford – whom the New Yorker called “a stalwart of the new-jazz movement” – has spent the last three decades making brilliant original music, in equal parts challenging and engaging. She has explored an array of formats, from dynamic solo-piano recitals to deeply interactive small groups and even the swinging grandeur of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. But it’s her quintet Snowy Egret that best defines her artistry in 2018: “I really feel like it’s the vehicle that expresses where I am as a composer, performer and bandleader right now,” she says. Firehouse 12 Records will release The Other Side of Air, this ensemble’s new album, on November 12.
Premiering live in 2012, with roots that reach back to the mid-’90s, Snowy Egret features Melford alongside four of the most compelling musicians currently working in jazz and the avant-garde: Ron Miles (cornet), Liberty Ellman (guitar), Stomu Takeishi (acoustic bass guitar) and Tyshawn Sorey (drums). The Other Side of Air follows on Snowy Egret’s self-titled Enja/Yellowbird debut, released three years ago to rave reviews.
released November 2, 2018
Recorded October 14 & 15, 2017
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Nick Lloyd
Layout & Design by Megan Craig
Produced by Myra Melford
Co-Produced by Stomu Takeishi & Nick Lloyd
Firehouse 12 Records is the label arm of Firehouse 12, an award-winning bar, recording studio, and unusually intimate music
venue located in New Haven, CT. Co-founded in 2007 by Firehouse 12′s chief engineer Nick Lloyd and cornetist/composer Taylor Ho Bynum, Firehouse 12 Records was created to ambitiously document the creative ethos of some of improvised music's most innovative practitioners....more