Desert Island Jazz
Myra Melford (2008)

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Keyboardist and composer Myra Melford is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking musicians working today.
Critic Francis Davis has said "Myra Melford is the genuine article, possessing a refreshing, often surprising, use of
melody, harmony and ensemble" and calls her "the most gifted pianist/composer to emerge from jazz since Anthony

Her music is informed not only by the music of her native Chicago, from the blues and boogie-woogie through the AACM
and Henry Threadgill, one of her teachers, but also by the music of India. On a Fulbright Scholarship, she studied
North Indian music on the harmonium in Calcutta during 2000 and 2001. One of the results has been some compositions
for The Tent and Be Bread, two of the four groups which she either leads or co-leads.

In addition to performing, Myra is very active in music education, and is currently Assistant Professor of
Improvisation and Jazz in the Music Department at the University of California at Berkeley.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Alice Coltrane Translinear Light Sita Ram (Impulse)
# 2 Gundecha Brothers Live Concert in Calcutta Shiva, Shiva, Shiva Not commercially available
# 3 Ornette Coleman Town Hall Concert Sadness (Blue Note)
# 4 Henry Threadgill & Make a Move Where's Your Cup? Laughing Club (Columbia)
# 5 Cecil Taylor For Olim Glossalalia, Part 4 (Soul Note)
# 6 Otis Spann Good Morning, Mr Blues Don't You Know? (Analogue Productions)
# 7 Leroy Jenkins Solo Blues No. 1 (Lovely Music)
# 8 Andrew Hill Time Lines Malachi (Blue Note)
Book Jalal al-Din Rumi, "The Essential Rumi", translated by Coleman Barks et al.
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