June 14, 2024


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CD review: Lynne Arriale Trio – Chimes Of Freedom 2020: Video, CD cover

Chimes of Freedom, Lynne Arriales 15th album as a leader, was recorded in Belgium for release by Challenge Records International. Lynne is joined by renowned musicians, Dutch bassist/co-producer Jasper Somsen, drummer, E.J. Strickland, and guest vocalist, K.J. Denhert.

In Chimes, her most passionate artistic statement to date, Lynne reflects on freedom, cultural diversity, and her wish that all refugee families may reach an inclusive safe harbor among the democratic nations of the world.

This remarkable collection features seven of Lynnes original, deeply personal works. The spiritual, Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child, together with Lynnes evocative Journey, The Dreamers, 3 Million Steps, Hope, The Whole Truth and Lady Liberty weave a dramatic narrative, crowned by the trios collaboration with K.J. Denhert singing Bob Dylans Chimes of Freedom and Paul Simons American Tune.

Chimes is a worthy and timely successor to Lynnes critically acclaimed Give Us These Days; a thematically-related suite that considers the transient nature of human existence. Lynne is known throughout the jazz world for the clarity, honesty and lyricism of her melodic lines, her virtuoso technique, and her genius for creating a synergistic environment around the trio, whose sound is greater than the sum of its parts. Lynnes albums have consistently topped the US Jazzweek Radio Charts and have appeared on numerous Best Of lists, including the New Yorker, United Press International.

Lynne Arriale has been consistently praised as having a singular voice as a pianist, leader, composer and arranger. With stunning clarity, purpose and emotional force, that voice now rings out with Chimes of Freedom.

01. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child (4:48)
02. Journey (4:55)
03. The Dreamers (4:18)
04. 3 Million Steps (4:54)
05. Hope (4:56)
06. The Whole Truth (5:11)
07. Lady Liberty (5:18)
08. Reunion (3:52)
09. Chimes of Freedom (4:57)
10. American Tune (5:45)

Lynne Arriale, piano
Jasper Somsen, double bass
EJ Strickland, drums
K.J. Denhert, vocals

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