Pianist Myra Melford is one of the most inspiring women musicians in jazz today. Her new CD The Image of Your Body features Cuong Vu, the trumpeter in The Pat Metheny Group, with guitarist Brandon Ross, bassist Stomu Takeishi, and drummer Elliot Humberto Kavee. A veteran of the New York Downtown scene, this CD is Myra Melford's debut release on Cryptogramophone. This ensemble collectively known as Be Bread, will be performing on both coasts in 2006-2007.
Reviews"Myra Melford is a name we should all know. Before taking on this review, I was woefully ignorant of the avant garde jazz pianist/composer, despite the dozen albums she's released prior to the excellent The Image of Your Body, which is co-credited to her quartet Be Bread. Along with Melford's magnificent piano playing and fascinating Indian-inspired harmonium performances, the ensemble's melodic duties are shared by either guitarist/banjoist Brandon Ross, or Cuong Vu on trumpet and electronics. Stomu Takeishi lends his acoustic and electric bass skills, while Elliot Humberto Kavee is a varied and sympathetic drummer. Although the entire disc is at least moderately challenging compositionally, it kicks off with 'Equal Grace,' a harmonium-led track that is among the least accessible on the record. But it's also a great work. Take it as a sign marked 'buyer beware', a gauntlet thrown, or, if you like a little hard-hitting adventure in your jazz, an invitation to an album that is artful and intelligent. And, oh yes, it definitely swings." - Michael Keefe, Pop Matters