Another new recording to look out for is being released in a week (next Tuesday, 1/19): it’s the latest from jazz vanguard Myra Melford and her ensemble, Be Bread. The group came together a little over seven years ago to realize Melford’s musical vision following her extensive musical studies in India. Their first project (The Image of Your Body) came out in 2006 and was inspired by the writings of the mystic poet Rumi.
Their new effort is The Whole Tree Gone. It’s made up of eight acoustic/electric pieces that mostly come from “The Whole Place Goes Up”, a larger work sponsored in 2004 by a grant from Chamber Music America. Melford has a special talent for engaging in like-minded artistic partnerships that not only complement her own considerable talents but collectively inform the broader vision, often in wonderfully unexpected ways. A lot of creative energy is gathered to make The Whole Tree Gone a notable one.
Be Bread is: Cuong Vu – (trumpet); Ben Goldberg – (clarinet); Brandon Ross – (guitar); Stomu Takeishi – (electric bass); Matt Wilson – (drums)