Lynne Arriale
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Solo• Lynne Arriale solo, Motema Music 2012

Convergence• w/ Bill McHenry, tenor sax, Omer Avital, bass and Anthony Pinciotti, drums• release date February, 2011

Nuance (CD/DVD)• w/ Randy Brecker, trumpet/flugelhorn, George Mraz, bass and Anthony Pinciotti, drums• Motema Music MTM 00022, 2008

LIVE (CD/DVD) • w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums • Motema Music 00007, 2005

Come Together • w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums • Motema Music MTM00001, 2004

Arise • w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums • Motema Music MTM71372 2002

Inspiration • w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums • TCB Music 22102 2000

Live at Montreux • w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums • TCB Music 20252 1999

Melody • w/ Scott Colley, bass and Steve Davis, drums • TCB Music 99552 1998

A Long Road Home • w/ John Pattituci, bass and Steve Davis, drums • TCB Music 97952 1997

With Words Unspoken • w/ Drew Gress, bass and Steve Davis, drums • DMP CD518 1996

When You Listen • w/ Drew Gress, bass and Steve Davis, drums • DMP CD511 1995

The Eyes Have It • w/ Jay Anderson, bass and Steve Davis, drums • DMP CD502 1994


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“Solo” was named one of the top CDs of 2012 by JAZZIZ Magazine

#4 on National Jazz Week Radio Chart
Top 50 CDs of 2011- JazzTimes
In journalist Ken Frankling’s “Jazz Notes” Ten Best New Jazz Releases of 2011
Arriale's ‘Dance of the Rain’ also made Frankling's 10 Best New Songs of 2011 list
One of Jazz Police's Essential CDs of 2011
Winner of the SESAC 2012 National Performance Activity Award

“A powerful pianist; her playing generates memorable jazz no matter the source material.”
(Jazz Times)

“The poet laureate of her generation… a stunning composer and prolific recording artist who has followed her muse without compromise.” (Jazz Police)

“I really can’t compare her to anyone, her music transcends the word ‘jazz’ – it is just pure music.” Multi-Grammy winner Randy Brecker.

“Lynne Arriale’s brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts place her among the top jazz pianists of the day.” (The New York Times)

“Arriale is putting the heart back into jazz.” (The London Times)

Lynne Arriale’s remarkable career is graced by a rare commitment to authenticity and vulnerability defined by careful craft and high artistic standards. It is precisely this willingness to remain so emotionally exposed that makes her performances so accessible to music lovers of all kinds.

If the nature of jazz is “reinvention,” then pianist/composer Lynne Arriale has truly led the jazz life, following a personal and musical journey throughout which she has reinvented herself, her craft, her artistic direction. The consummate storyteller, pianist Lynne Arriale immediately connects with her audience through emotionally charged performances. Her compelling compositions, refreshing melodies, and reinterpretations of pop and rock classics not only bring accolades from critics but help create new audiences of listeners previously unfamiliar with jazz.

At the core of Arriale’s appeal is her warmth, humor and ability to communicate with her band and audiences listeners. “She achieves a special, deep connection with her audience, and the energy flows both ways. Arriale’s emotional authenticity allows her audience to feel and think along with her”(Jazz Times). One ingredient to her success has been Lynne’s focus on the melody regardless of where spontaneous improvisation takes her. “I search for the 'heart' of the song, find what makes it special to me and use it as musical inspiration,” says Lynne. “This search for new music is related to giving voice to the music inside me; it increases my musical passion.”

One need only consider her most recent Motema recordings, Nuance: The Bennett Studio Sessions (2009) and Convergence (2011), Arriale’s 12th CD as a leader, released after a 15-year devotion to her piano trio, to wonder at her ability to harness creative disparities with a transcendent sense of purpose. With a style that is deceptively accessible and intimate, Lynne’s music emanates a complexity created not by multiple layers of notes, but by multiple layers of emotion, capturing the imaginations of music lovers worldwide. Noted Jazz Police, “There may be no jazz artist working today who brings a broader spectrum of musical ideas to the connection of mind and heart.” That’s quite an accomplishment for any musician, but consider that Lynne Arriale had no interest in jazz until her mid-20s!

Lynne’s affinity for music and specifically the piano was evident early on, but well outside a jazz context. Adopted as an infant, Arriale grew up in Milwaukee. She discovered the keyboard at age 3 when given a plastic toy piano, and “never stopped.” Throughout her school and college years, she studied classical music, earning a master’s degree before turning to jazz. “I may have heard an hour of it before that, and I didn’t get it,” she recently told Jazz Times. “But I didn’t know it was improvised music. I didn’t have a clue.” Later she learned that her biological mother was a jazz vocalist—and perhaps there is something to heredity here, given Lynne’s reverence for songful melodies.

Selected to tour Japan with the acclaimed 100 Golden Fingers ensemble in 1991, Lynne performed with jazz legends Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Harold Mabern, Junior Mance, Monty Alexander, Roger Kellaway, Ray Bryant, and Cedar Walton. She then went on to win the 1993 Great American Piano Competition, and soon launched her long-term touring and recording collaboration with bassist Jay Anderson and drummer Steve Davis. Her focus on the piano trio led to comparisons with the great trios of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, yet she has been consistently praised as having a “singular voice” as a pianist, leader, composer, and arranger. “I really can’t compare her to anyone,” said recent collaborator and multi-Grammy winner Randy Brecker. “Her music transcends the word ‘jazz’ – it is just pure music.”

The spirit of reinvention has also characterized Lynne’s career as well as her music.