New York, NY-
Motema Music proudly announces the release of Lynne Arriale's Nuance The Bennett Studio Sessions
featuring Randy Brecker, George Mraz and Anthony Pinciotti, on sale May 12, 2009. In a departure from her ten previous trio recordings, leader/composer/arranger Arriale is collaborating with an extraordinary new lineup of iconic musicians: Grammy winning Randy Brecker on trumpet/flugelhorn; jazz legend George Mraz on bass; and critically acclaimed Anthony Pinciotti on drums.
The project was recorded at the multi-Grammy and Emmy Award winning Bennett Studios, just outside New York City, and includes video documentation of behind the scenes" footage of the CD recording, a bonus DVD program of a live, private, in-studio" audience concert, and up-close and personal interviews with each artist. The release displays a new creative direction for Arriale, as she continues her illustrious musical journey, which began with a ten-year run of her celebrated former trio. Arriale continues to garner critical praise in every configuration in which she chooses to play as an outstanding leader, including, from The New York Times: brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts (which) place her among the top jazz pianists of the day."
This new release, with iconic jazz masters Brecker and Mraz, brings even more heightened originality to Arriale's sound as evidenced in her six powerful, new compositions and inspired arrangements of covers by composers as disparate as Sting, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Tommy Wolf.
This is music that really transports the listener into the wondrous world of Lynne's imagination," said Jana Herzen, President of Motema Music. I'm proud to say it is really like no other jazz record I have ever heard. What I find most interesting is, if you check out the DVD interviews, Randy and George - these iconic jazz stars who have recorded over 1000 records between them - are so taken with Lynne's completely singular approach to composing and recording."
It's all about the 'nuance,' and that's what we went for," said Randy Brecker, working with Arriale here, for the first time. She knows how to tug at the heartstrings (and) I don't think I can compare her to anyone...her music transcends jazz. It's just pure music."
The full track list for Nuance, a CD & DVD set, includes: Wrapped Around Your Finger" (Sting); I Mean You" (Thelonious Monk); Longing" (Lynne Arriale); Crawfish & Gumbo" (Lynne Arriale); Ballad of the Sad Young Men" (Tommy Wolf); Carry On" (Lynne Arriale); La Noche" (Lynne Arriale); Yada Yada Yada" (Lynne Arriale); I Hear A Rhapsody" (J. Baker, G. Fragos & D. Gasparre); A Night In Tunisia" (Dizzy Gillespie) and A Gentle Soul" (Lynne Arriale).
Arriale has been capturing the imaginations of jazz and mainstream music lovers with her outstanding CD / DVD recordings and sold out performances for nearly 20 years. Critically acclaimed as having a 'singular voice' as a pianist, leader, composer, arranger and for putting the heart back into jazz" (London Times), Arriale's consistently excellent recordings have topped every notable jazz chart. With back to back #1 Jazz Week radio hits, a #17 debut on Billboard's Jazz Chart, the top ten Best Of" lists for The New Yorker, United Press International and a two time winner of The German Record Critics Association, Arriale has earned her place among elite international artists. Arriale has met the mainstream though featured performances on PBS' nationally televised Profile of a Recording Artist, and in multiple NPR programs, including Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, and Piano Jazz with Marion McPartland.
Arriale's 2007 release, Live, was recorded by BR-TV at Germany's oldest and most prestigious jazz event, The Burghausen Jazz Festival, and won the 2007 German Record Critics Award for best jazz CD/DVD recording. She has toured Japan with the legendary 100 Golden Fingers" group, sharing the stage with jazz legends Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Ray Bryant, Junior Mance, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway and Monty Alexander.
Arriale regularly performs at such internationally acclaimed venues as The Spoleto Arts Festival, Ireland's Cork Jazz Festival, The Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, the Burghausen and Stuttgart Jazz Festivals, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Folly Theater, The Gilmore Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and numerous other festivals, concerts and clubs throughout Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Romania, Norway, The Czech Republic, Ireland, the UK and Australia.
Leading up to the release, Lynne will tour internationally in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Austria, and The Netherlands. Deeply committed to jazz education, Lynne Arriale is currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano and Director of the Jazz Combo Program at The University of North Florida at Jacksonville. She also conducts master classes, clinics and workshops internationally for professionals, students and communities at large.
Motma Music, founded in 2003 in San Francisco, is now based in Harlem, New York, The company is a division of the Motema Foundation, a private foundation that is dedicated to promoting excellence and humanity in jazz and other creative art forms that promote harmony and enrich the world around us.
This CD recording was produced by Lynne Arriale and Suzi Reynolds. The DVD was produced by Suzi Reynolds of Suzi Reynolds & Associates, LLC. and was made possible, in part, by a grant from Women in Jazz, Inc.