About the Artist
Lynne Arriale, pianist, composer and bandleader of the piano trio described by Grammy-winning jazz journalist Bob Blumenthal as one of the most empathetic threesomes in jazz, is on top of her game. Her 2003 outing, Arise, reached #17 on Billboard, hit #1 on the national Jazz Week Radio Chart, and #1 - UPI's Best CD list of 2003, garnering international rave reviews along the way. Now with Come Together, the trio's extraordinary 10th anniversary album, Lynne emerges as the crossover favorite of mainstream fans everywhere as shes featured on magazine covers, international festivals, and the television series, Profile of a Performing Artist, airing nationally on PBS member stations throughout 04-05. The album, recorded with longtime band members - bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Steve Davis - is their most beautiful and deeply moving recording to date.
Come Together is something of a celebration, marking the trios 10th anniversary together. Their signature sound is that of three master musicians listening and communing as one. "When you experience life together as we do, the musical connection just naturally deepens over time," Lynne says of her long time collaboration. "We always feel new and spontaneous," she says. "Every performance is different. The music is constantly changing because of lifes influences. The connection becomes highly intuitive; its like breathing together. Whatever one of us does becomes the seed for the next idea or point of departure. We play music without boundaries, without category, no matter whether its Monk, Bernstein, The Beatles, Ellington or originals. For us, making music is about trust. Theres an energy and passion between us that the audience can feel."
Composing truly memorable melodies is her challenge as a composer. To make it into her repertoire, an original composition has to "tag along after her and linger" in her mind, she says. But whether her own or someone elses compositions, all the songs in her repertoire have to mean something. "I love folk music from around the world," says Arriale. "It is so beautiful and earthy, so simple and real. Its what I call authentic music. Theres no pretense, no trying to be hip, there is just being and being real. When we fall in love with a song, it becomes an intimate part of us," she says, "then we can be spontaneous and take the music in many different directions."
The aptly named Come Together is a celebration of the love Lynne feels for her trio and the love they all feel for music and song. "Sharing an experience with someone you love intensifies everything," she says. The trio shares this intensity with audiences every time they take the stage. "Music is an international language that transcends boundaries and cultures," says Arriale, who lights up when performing before an audience. "I want to find music that transcends boundaries and reaches people everywhere." Passionate, heartfelt, haunting, deeply affecting, she unfailingly succeeds.