Convergence — Lynne Arriale's Latest Release
“Those who can, do. Those who cannot, teach.” Lynne Arriale proves that adage wrong – again. In her eleventh project, Convergence, a brilliant follow-up to her 2009 Nuance, the Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano and Director of Small Ensembles at the University of North Florida is making news again. The London Times, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Herald, The Washington Post, Downbeat, Jazz Times, Billboard and numerous other media resources have published advance praise for her latest work. Many artists would be thrilled to have any one of those reviews, meanwhile, Arriale is accumulating lavish praise around the world.
Convergence features three of the most sought after musicians in New York City: Bill McHenry on tenor sax, Omer Avital on bass and oud, along with drummer Anthony Pinciotti (a veteran of the Nuance project). The quartet holds nothing back on six Arriale original compositions along with covers of five pop tunes. This writer habitually listens to new review material without reading the liner notes nor the list of tracks, so it was a pleasant surprise when “Here Comes the Sun” came on and a real surprise when “Paint It Black” was introduced by a solo bass.
The first two tracks are originals and will delight jazz purists. “Elements” and “Here and Now” could easily become the first jazz compositions of this decade to be known as classics. It will be interesting to see how quickly other artists begin to cover Arriale’s work. Convergence offers listeners an experience that personifies the title. Four artists in sync with the audience, in the moment with the music, and an appealing selection of genres all meet and connect to create an unforgettable state – an enduring time of listening pleasure made up of eleven tracks.