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Pianist/composer Myra Melford's first solo album, original compositions inspired by Sacramento artist Don Reich, with a 16-page booklet that includes full color photographs of Don Reich's artwork and liner notes by Melford and Charles Johnson.

Melford, Myra
Life Carries Me This Way

Melford, Myra : Life Carries Me This Way (Firehouse 12 Records)
Label: Firehouse 12 Records    
Released in: USA    

"Life Carries Me This Way is pianist/composer Myra Melford's first solo piano recording. It features original compositions inspired by the artwork of her friend, the late Sacramento-based artist Don Reich (1931-2010). The project was entirely recorded, mixed, and mastered at Firehouse 12 Studios in New Haven, CT by owner and chief engineer Nick Lloyd. The CD package contains a 16-page booklet that includes full color photographs of Don Reich's artwork as well as notes by Melford and Charles Johnson.

Her work has earned Melford some of the highest accolades in her field. In 2013 alone, she was named a Guggenheim Fellow and received the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Performing Artist Award and a Doris Duke Residency to Build Demand for the Arts for her efforts to re-imagine the jazz program at San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She was also the winner of the 2012 Alpert Award in the Arts for Music. She has been honored numerous times in DownBeat's Critics Poll since 1991 and was nominated by the Jazz Journalists Association as Pianist of the Year in 2008 and 2009 and Composer of the Year in 2004."-Firehouse 12

"At the keyboard, Melford recasts the blues and boogie-woogie of her Chicago hometown, folds in elements of the music of Eastern Europe and India, and blends them with the rangy, percussive avant-garde stylings she cultivated in studies with Don Pullen and Henry Threadgill. This personal musical vocabulary is further enriched by a lush lyricism and organized by an architectural sense of composition that she derived from classical training.

Melford's remarkable breadth is ordered by a thoughtful, expressive sensibility, evocatively described by Coda Magazine: "Myra Melford is at once a dancer, a romantic and a savage suckerpuncher at the bench . . . beating all hell out of the piano and making it beautiful." "-Myra Melford Website

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Product Information:

UPC: 616892150244

Label: Firehouse 12 Records
Catalog ID: FH12-04-01-018
Squidco Product Code: 18323

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2013
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded on January 14th, 2013 in New Haven, CT., by Nick Lloyd.


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Track Listing:

1. Park Mechanics 7:39

2. Red Beach 5:19

3. Red Land (For Don Reich) 7:30

4. Piano Music 6:33

5. Japanese Music 4:13

6. Attic 6:18

7. Curtain 6:06

8. Moonless Night 3:31

9. Barcelona 1:43

10. Sagrada Familia 2:56

11. Still Life 4:19

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