Big Picture by Trio M  Melford, Dresser, and Wilson

"Big Picture" by Trio M features pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Matt Wilson, who was recently voted #1 Rising Star Drummer in the 2007 Downbeat Critics Poll. Trio M is a collectively led ensemble that brings together some of the greatest talent in the jazz world today. This trio highlights the impressive compositional, improvisational, and instrumental skills of its members. In this case, Trio M is greater than the sum if its parts. Street date: October 23, 2007. Available now!



1brainFire and bugLight7:36
2For Bradford5:48
3Naive Art5:43
4Big Picture13:21
5Modern Pine6:54
6Secrets to Tell You6:02


Pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser, and drummer Matt Wilson perform seven intriguing originals on this CD. To simplify the improvising a bit, it hints strongly in spots ofCecil Taylor, the percussiveness of Don Pullen, and of Keith Jarrett's '70

All Music Guide, October 2007

Corraling these three was an inspired notion -- toppermost musicians with obvious chemistry, relaxed and trying to prove nothing. Seems they made an adventuresome, extremely likable record without hardly trying. Yea tho they be avantists, they shrank n

Greg Burk, MetalJazz, October 2007

The dynamic that occurs when a specific group of players comes together just can’t be predicted, even if they’ve worked together in other contexts. That’s the story with Trio M—pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson—three music

John Kelman, All About Jazz, November 2007

Who are today's heroes of jazz? Icons pushing the art form forward, while both challenging and amazing the listener, emerge from a generation that cut their teeth in the Downtown scene of the '80s and '90s (not AACM sages of the '60 and '70s, but not fres

Manny Theiner, Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 6th, 2007

Big Picture returns Myra Melford to the interlocking trio format with which the diminutive pianist made her reputation in the early 1990s. Except that Trio M is more than the earlier Melford Trio writ large; it's completed by two other forceful improviser

Ken Waxman, CODA, November 2007

The Creative process pursued by pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson requires great concentration, openness and surrender on the part of the listeners. Melford's "brainFire and bugLight"starts as an assertive anthem

Jeff Simon, Jazz Times, February 2008

Taking a cue from their first names, they call themselves Trio M, but are established enough to keep their names on the spine. I figure the complex, cerebral stuff is pianist Melford's, and credit the bouncy bits to drummer Matt Wilson. There's no doubt t

Tom Hull, The Village Voice, 9/23/08