The Big Picture’s seven tracks are often percussive and assertive, due to Melford’s rhythmic keyboard playing, which subtly shifts the tempo, her fingers cascading across the keys. The material is frequently grounded in the avant-garde, which gives Trio M a spontaneous nature suited to the player’s keen skills.
Moods and tones are diverse. Dresser’s “Modern Pine” swings softly, an amiable and sensitive waltz-like piece. “Secrets to Tell You” is a seductive noir-ish performance. A highlight is the expansive title track, which draws on free jazz, blues and new classical elements where the three musicians reveal the capacity of their wide-ranging capabilities.
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