There is strong music here from the scorching opening Elements, a dynamic original with Arriale displaying a dynamic sense with the terrific rhythm section and tough tenor sax. At the same time, she does a lovely rendition of The Beatles’ Here Comes The Sun, exhibiting her melodicism. Another reworking of a rock classic is her rearrangement of Deborah Harry’s Call Me, slowing down the Blondie recording while McHenry is sparkling here. Bassist Avital is featured on Avital’s flamenco inspired Dance of the Rain, while the Stones’ Paint It Black, is also imaginatively reworked by Arriale and this stellar band.
In her liner notes, Arriale notes the multiple sources of musical influence and inspiration that include jazz, pop, world music and ‘Americana,’ and she observes that “[i]t was such a joy to experience the ‘convergence’ of all the people and sounds that made up this recording.” This joy can be heard in the music heard on this wonderful recording.
My review copy was provided by a publicist. here is a video of the Lynne Arriale Trio performing Flamenco.