Melford, Myra

Cryptogramophone, 2023CD
Instrument: Piano

Issue: 29.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Fusion
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 3
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score: 73
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Pianist Myra Melford opens with a solo before the rest of the band jumps in to set the free improvisational tone. Mary Halvorson (g), Tomeka Reid (cello), Lesley Mok (d), and Ingrid Laubrock sax) surround Melford on a provocative encounter of five Insertions on Here The Light Singing. The melodies are cohesive in a sea of improvisation. Reid brings passion to the intro of “Insertion Two” before the acidic guitar and sax make “Insertion Three” more rock-fusion. Halvorson opens “Insertion Four”, our favorite, with more warmth, paving the way for Melford and company to display compassion.


Publicist: Fully Altered Media