September 2007


Trio M – Myra Melford, Mark Dresser, Matt Wilson
at the Guelph Jazz Festival
September 8, 2007 Guelph Youth Music Centre Guelph
This Was Very Good Music
by David Fujino with photo by Roger Humbert

Music makes you feel things — like happy-sad emotions — but not all music is like this.

Some music doesn't provoke emotion, as such.

For instance, the music of Trio M — with its superb technical finish and high level improvisations — I found admirable, whereas the rest of the audience was thunderous in their applause both during, and after, the trio's entire 5-tune set.

Clearly, the trio's music got to their emotions.

The alert Melford had a clean attack, and she mixed clusters, fleeting passages of dissonance, and Cecil Taylor cupped hand sprints up the keyboard — but the music was also about bassist Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson; in fact, all three players kept eyeballing each other and frequently broke into smiles as they engaged in creative interplay.

Dresser would often start off tunes and thereafter animate the space with his burning and deep windmilling sounds, while Matt Wilson stayed busy and kept throwing out masses of textured sound.

Altogether, Trio M played on song forms with great inventiveness and enthusiasm.

I 'liked' their music, but I wasn't moved by it.

Trio M
Trio M
Myra Melford — piano
Mark Dresser — acoustic bass
Matt Wilson — drums
> www.myramelford.com < > www.mark-dresser.com < > www.mattwilsonjazz.com <
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David Fujino
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