Pianist Lynne Arriale and her trio will stop into Hobart’s Jazz Lounge for a couple of sets Saturday night. If you missed her last time she was in Spokane, you might want to make the trip to check her out this time.
The word “cerebral” came to mind while listening to her latest of four recordings as a group leader, “A Long Road Home.” Arriale’s fast-paced tunes offer constant rhythmic turns and complex harmonic adventures. And the ballads are equally “intellectual.”
Arriale does not simply play standards. Her hard-driving style includes plenty of technique borrowed from her extensive classical studies and she puts her own spin on everything she does. For example, her take on Dizzy Gillespie’s “A Night in Tunisia” involved some major rearranging.
Arriale says, “It’s a much more involved arrangement with modulations going in and out of different key centers, and we slightly change the melody. It takes a while to figure out a tune, like ‘If this tune could speak, where would it want to go?’ I worked on this arrangement for a year and a half. It takes time to work through different options, to move in certain directions, to increase the intensity, to have a slam-bang finish.”
The Lynne Arriale Trio appears at Hobart’s Jazz Lounge at Cavanaugh’s, 110 E. Fourth, with sets at 9 and 11 p.m. There will be a $10 cover at the door.