Lynne Arriale: Tones For Joan's Bones


Tones For Joan's Bones


Lynne Arriale (piano)


Inspiration (TCB 22102)

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Lynne Arriale (piano),

Jay Anderson (bass), Steve Davis (drums)


Composed by Chick Corea


Recorded: August 2001


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Since she won the 1993 International Jazz Piano Competition, Lynne Arriale's recordings have consistently impressed due to her versatile style, as well as by their diverse repertoires and imaginative arrangements. On Inspiration alone, her tight trio interprets tunes by Bernstein, Ellington, Lennon/McCartney, Bacharach, Jarrett, Corea, Carmichael, and Ibrahim. According to our invaluable Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians, this CD was named among the top six jazz CDs of 2002 by The New Yorker magazine.

Arriale approaches Chick Corea's "Tones for Joan's Bones" with the same zest as its composer, while not sounding particularly like him. She begins reflectively, with gratifying commentary by both Anderson and Davis, and only a few more vigorous piano chords hint at what is to come. When Arriale accelerates the tempo, the trio takes off in lock step. The pianist's phrases ring out with much emotion and urgency, and her technically gifted attack can only be described as controlled spontaneity. Anderson follows with a lyrical solo played with a pulsating tone. Davis's concise drum spot exhibits his refined methodology. The swirling energy of the out chorus, after Arriale's theme restatement, unfortunately evolves into a fadeout. This performance overall is closer in spirit and execution to Bill Evans than to Chick Corea, but exudes the fresh inventiveness that Arriale brings to all her efforts.

Reviewer: Scott Albin

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