CHERYL PYLE - MUSICIAN -JAZZ FLUTE BIO
Cheryl Pyle -JAZZ FLUTIST
The versatile flutist Cheryl Pyle received her BA in music from the University of California at Berkeley in 1976, having received her Associates Degree from Mesa College in 1974. Her teachers included Merrill Jordan, Janet Maestre, Francis Watson, and Jayn Rosenfeld. She took Master Classes with Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker, James Newton. At Berkeley, she was a member of the school's orchestra, and she possesses an extensive classical solo repertoire. From 1975 to 1976 she served as Musical Director of the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, and she has performed in orchestras for over half a dozen musical theater productions. From 1977 to 1980 she was on the faculty at Berkeley as its flute teacher in the Jazz Department and taught at the Manchester Music Festival in Vermont in 1993 and 1996. While at Berkeley, Ms. Pyle was Principal flutist in the University Jazz Ensemble. This group appeared at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival where they played with such major artists as Sonny Rollins, George Duke, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, and Joe Henderson. They also performed at the 1976 Concord Jazz Festival. After graduation, she performed extensively in the San Francisco area, where she was a performing member of the Loft Jazz Association. She played with many notable Bay area musicians, including Bishop Norman Williams, Susan Muscarella, Bruce Forman, and Jessica Williams.
Since moving to New York in the fall of 1980, Ms. Pyle has been heard in a variety of settings. She has appeared at such jazz clubs as the Blue Note, Somethin' Jazz, Art on A Gallery, Seventh Avenue South, Jazz Forum, Angry Squire, Kave Haz, The Garage, Cornelia Street Café, CBGB's Art Gallery, St. Peter's Church, Amazonas, Bar on A ,Cultural 5-C Cafe, Tong Ren Center, NUBLU, Downtown Music Galley, Spectrum, Sycamore Radio Zero, Zirzamin, Gizzy's, Brecht Forum , Frost Gallery, University of the Streets, Fat Baby's, ABC No RIO, Why Not Jazz, ShapeShifter Lab, Taller Latino, Medicine Show Theater,CultureFix,Birdland and Wild Goose Creative- Ohio and Musique Libre Femmes, an all women improvisers group , performed at the 2016 Lady Got Chops Festival in New York.
She was also heard at the Annual Women's Jazz Festival as well as the Mount Vernon Jazz Festival in New York. She is a member of the World Flute Orchestra and NY Jazz Flutet. Her jazz composition, Dalle Alle, was awarded in 1989 by the Billboard Song Contest, and her lyrics have received numerous poetry awards such as the Gold Poet Award in 1989 and 1990. Her lyrics have been recorded by such fine jazz singers as Janis Siegel (of Manhattan Transfer), Roseanna Vitro, Jeri Brown, Judi Silvano, Gloria Cooper and Sheila Jordan. her lyrics have been recorded on Atlantic, Justin time, Random Act, Skyline, Muse and Concord records. She has performed her solo flute compositions at Kitty Brazelton's Real Music Festival in 1993, continues to compose works for jazz flute. In 1996, she performed in the opera premier of The Other Wiseman by Stephanie de Kennessey with the Golden Fleece Opera company in New York. Her first classical recording was the Frostiana song cycle with the composer, Randall Thompson conducting Ms.Pyle as flute soloist.
Ms Pyle has performed and played with such fine musicians as Joe Lovano, Andy LaVerne, Fred Hersch, Tom Harrell, Mark Soskin, Billy Bang, Danilo Perez, Mike Holober, David Phelps, Chuck Loeb, Mark Cohen, Steve LaSpina, Michael Cochrane, Ron McClure, Billy Hart, Ben Monder, Sergio Brandao, Max Ridgway, Randall Colbourne, Billy Hart, Adam Nussbaum, Duduka Fonseca, Charlie Haden, Arthur Kell, Lucy Galliher, Bele Beledo, Premik Russell Tubbs, Frank Burrows, Neil Alexander, Danny Gottlieb, James Williams, John Abercrombie, Paul Motian, Peter Washington, Roberta Piket, Nora McCarthy, Jorge Sylvester, Claire De Brunner, Dom Minasi, Lou Grassi, Tony Cimorisi, Hans Peter Salentin, Joop Wolters, Stephan Crump, Francois Grillot, Rez Abassi, Gerry Gibbs, Newman Taylor Baker, Daniel Carter, Stomu Takeshi, Bern Nix, Biggi Vinkeloe,Michael Eaton, Cameron Brown, Atma Anur & others. She has recorded on Destiny Records, Contemporary and Chesky Records with Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Danilo Perez, Charlie Haden and Paul Motian.
Since recording her first quartet CD in 1997-DALLE ALLE on the 11th street music label, the jazz group has been playing many jazz clubs and concerts, 2008 there were two performances with Joop Wolters in New York performing his music. 2009 recording projects include Til Soon, Blood Fountains-FLOODS-Stephen Kasner, and Altar of Oblivion-SINEWS OF ANGUISH with Martin Sparvath . SURREAL was released on the 11th street music label in 2010, Audio Chocolate-Paul Tauteroff's cd-featuring flute on "The Journey". INSIDE DIALOGUE released Jan 2011, is available on itunes, cdbaby, dig station. SOUL DUST-11th street music with Max Ridgway, Cheryl Pyle and Randall Colbourne. SOUND SCULPTURES released in 2012 -11th street music with Max Ridgway and WONDERFUL TIMES-Dewey records/KAZHARGAN-Stan Zaslavsky, Hans Peter Salentin, Cheryl Pyle, Max Ridgway, Brian Mitchell Brody, Sean O'Bryan Smith , Tony Cimirosi, Alesandre Zaslavsky.
11th street music cd releases in 2013 include Green Underworld with Max Ridgway and Randall Colbourne, Far Out Flute & Bass, Flute Karma Duo live, and New-tet live in NYC . Performances in 2012 include flute / bass duos with live painter Anthony Cerretani, and participating in the Dissident Arts Festival Orchestra 2012, 2013 ,2014 improvising a live score to the silent film classics Metropolis, Cabinet of Dr Caligari and Battleship Potempkin.
2014 recordings include Post Fiction-Dewey Records-Kazahargan Jazz group, Flute Karma Duo with Premik Russell Tubbs, Modern Art with Max Ridgway and Randall Colbourne, Trio Live at ShapeShifter Lab with Roberta Piket and Newman Taylor Baker, Duo with Claire de Brunner, Axel Weiss-Silent Noise on Saturn, and Duo with Nora McCarthy -Let's Talk about Now. 2015 recordings include Flute Fables, Flute Duo with Biggi Vinkeloe + Raw Sound Sweden, Beyond Duo live at Art on A gallery with Bern Nix.
2016 recordings on 11th street music from live concerts include Beyond Group and Musique Libre Femmes at the Lady got chops festival 2016.
Cheryl Pyle is available to perform in duo, trio, quartet settings, and available for online recording projects and lessons in composition, theory, lyric writting and flute playing.
NOCTURNE FOR NIX -Beyond Trio -11th Street Music 2017 - Cheryl Pyle-C flute/Alto Flute, Newman Taylor Baker -Washboard Percussion, Michael Eaton -Soprano Sax
BEYOND TRIO Live At Shrine -11th Street Music 2017- Cheryl Pyle -flute-alto flute, Bern Nix-guitar, Michael Eaton-soprano sax (recorded May 28 ,2017 -rest in peace Bern Nix- May 31 ,2017)
DESTINATIONS - Kazhargan World Jazz Group -2017 -Kazhargan World & Dewey Records :Piano: Stanislav Zaslavsky /Flute: Cheryl Pyle /Guitar: Max Ridgway/Trumpet: Hans Peter Salentin /Sax: Sasha Pyshminsev /Drums: Laurent Planells/ Bass: Sean O'Bryan Smith
ART SPACE - 11th Street Music 2017 -Cheryl Pyle -c flute,alto flute ,spoken word/ Max Ridgway -guitar , bass/ Randall Colbourne -drums
BEYOND QUINTET Live at SPECTRUM- 11th Street Music 2016-with Carman Moore conducting /Cheryl Pyle-Flute-Alto flute /Michael Eaton-Soprano sax/Bern Nix-Guitar /Roberta Piket -Piano/Newman Taylor Baker-Washboard Percussion
MUSIQUE LIBRE FEMMES - 11th Street Music 2016 - Cheryl Pyle-Flute -Alto Flute/Jamie Baum -Flute -Alto Flute/ Claire de Brunner-Bassoon/ Claire Daly - Bari Sax
THE BEYOND TRIO LIVE AT ABC NO RIO -11th Street Music 2016 -Cheryl Pyle-flute/alto flute , Gene Coleman-flute /piccolo , Michael Eaton-tenor sax
THE BEYOND GROUP LIVE AT SPECTRUM -11th Street Music 2016-with Carman Moore conducting Cheryl Pyle-Flute-Alto flute /Gene Coleman-Flute-Bass flute- Piccolo/Michael Eaton-Soprano sax/David Tamura -Tenor sax/Bern Nix-Guitar /Roberta Piket -Piano /Francois Grillot -Bass/William Ruiz -Percussion
BARREN GROUNDS- ALTAR OF OBLIVION -Shadow Kingdom Records -2016- Mik Mentor – Lead & backing Vocals /Martin Meyer Sparvath – Guitars, backing Vocals . additional Keyboards /Allan Larsen - Guitars /C. Nørgaard – Bass /Thomas Wesley – Drums & Percussion /Cheryl Pyle: Flute and spoken Words /Lars Strøm: Mellotron and additional Guitars
BEYOND DUO Live at Downtown Music Galley -11th street music 2016-Cheryl Pyle-flute-alto flute /Bern Nix-guitar
MUSIQUE LIBRE FEMMES live at MUCHMORE'S -11th street music 2016 - Cheryl Pyle-flute/alto flute, Jamie Baum- flute /alto flute, Claire de Brunner-Bassoon, Claire Daly- Bari Sax, Madeleine Yayodele Nelson- percussion , Shayna Dulberger -bass, cover art by Pien van der Beek
THE BEYOND GROUP Live at Muchmores-11th street music 2016 -with Carman Moore conducting/Cheryl Pyle-Flute/Gene Coleman-flute/David Tamura -Tenor sax/Bern Nix -Guitar/Franchois Grillot -Bass/William Ruiz -Percussion,
BEYOND SEXTET with Carman Moore conducting LIVE AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY -11TH Street music 2015 Cheryl Pyle-flute/Gene Coleman-flute-piccolo-Bass flute /Bern Nix-guitar/Michael Eaton-soprano sax David Tamura- tenor sax / William Ruiz - percussion
BEYOND SEXTET with Carman Moore conducting LIVE AT ABC NO RIO -11TH Street Music 2015 Cheryl Pyle-flute/Gene Coleman-flute-piccolo-Bass flute /Bern Nix-guitar/Michael Eaton-soprano sax David Tamura- tenor sax / William Ruiz - percussion
MAHASEN-11TH Street Music- 2015 -Cheryl Pyle-flute/William Ruiz-percussion, drums, bells
FLUTE DUO LIVE AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY- 11th Street Music 2015-CHERYL PYLE/MARK ALBAN LOTZ-Flutes
BEYOND QUINTET LIVE AT ABC NO RIO -11th Street Music 2015-Cheryl Pyle-flute/Gene Coleman-Flute-Piccolo/Bern Nix-Guitar/Michael Eaton-Soprano Sax/David Tamura-Tenor Sax
BEYOND DUO -11th street music 2015- Cheryl Pyle -flute /Bern Nix -guitar- live from Art on A Gallery
BIGGI VINKELOE/CHERYL PYLE -FLUTE DUO -RAW SOUND SWEDEN LIVE AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY-11th street music 2015 -Biggi Vinkeloe- alto sax /flute, Cheryl Pyle -flute, Elsa Bergman-bass, Anna Hogberg-alto sax, Malin Wattring-tenor sax, Signe Dahlgreen-tenor sax, Anna Lund-drums with Shayna Dulberger-bass
REACHING THE END- Lords Of Triumph- Journey's End Records -2015- Phil Swanson - Vocals, Martin Meyer Sparvath - Guitars, Keyboards & Backing Vocals, C. Nørgaard - Bass, Andreas Joen - Drums, Additional Keyboards by Lars Strøm ,Guest Appearance on Flute by Cheryl Pyle
FLUTE FABLES-11th Street Music -2015- Cheryl Pyle- compositions, flutes
MESS AROUND-Renjenstromkin 2014-CROSSING BORDERS Group -vocalist/pianist- Jennifer Scott , bassist Rene Worst , saxophonist/vocalist Kristen Strom, guitarist -Scott Sorkin , drummer- Jason Lewis(Rain waltz-music Fred Hersch/Lyrics -Cheryl Pyle)
SILENT NOISE ON SATURN -Intrinsic Records-2014-Cheryl Pyle - flutes, Axel Weiss - guitars, keys, strings, percussion, whistling, mix, art
CLARITY-THE MUSIC OF CLARE FISCHER - Random Act Records-2014- Roseanna Vitro-vocals, Mark Soskin-piano, Sara Caswell-violin, Dean Johnson-bass, Tim Horner -drums, Mino Cinelu- percussion, lyrics by Cheryl Pyle on Pavillon -Life's Journey and The Duke- Swingin with the Duke
LET'S TALK ABOUT NOW -11th street music- 2014 -Nora McCarthy- voice, spoken word, poetry/ Cheryl Pyle- flute , spoken word
MODERN ART - 11th street music-2014- Cheryl Pyle-flute tracks 1, 4 ,6 ,8 .11, Max Ridgway-guitar, bass, effects, Randall Colbourne -drums
TRIO LIVE AT SHAPESHIFTER LAB-11TH Street Music-2014 -Cheryl Pyle -flute, Roberta Piket-piano, Newman Taylor Baker-washboard percussion
FLUTE KARMA LIVE AT DOWNTOWN MUSIC GALLERY- 11th street Music 2014 - Premik Russell Tubbs-flutes /electronics, Cheryl Pyle -flute
POST FICTION -Dewey Records/Kazhargan -2014- Stan Zaslavsky-piano/compositions, Hans Peter Salentin-trumpet-horn arr, Cheryl Pyle-flute,spoken word, Max Ridgway-guitar, Sean O'Bryan Smith-bass, Laurent Planells-drums
ALCHEMY OF TIMES- 11th Street Music-2014 - Cheryl Pyle- Flute, Bass, Keyboard
Outer Limits -Jampykeys Music- 2013 CD- Jampykeys - Giampaolo Rolli: Music, synthesizers, programming, arrangments ,Cheryl Pyle: Flute and poems on track 3 / 13 - Flute on track 6 ,Bill Berends: Guitar on track 3.
SITTING AT THE LAKE -Hans Peter Salentin- Dewey Records-2013, with Cheryl Pyle, Max Ridgway, Benni Freibott, Tato Gomez, Stan Z, Tony Cimorosi, Yves Ferrand
DUO - CLAIRE DE BRUNNER -BASSOON & CHERYL PYLE -FLUTE 11th street music Sept 2013 - Cheryl Pyle -flute , Claire De Brunner -bassoon
BEYOND TRIO LIVE AT SPECTRUM -11th street Music -2013 -Cheryl Pyle -flute - Robertal Piket -piano, Newman Taylor Baker-washboard percussion
NEW-TET LIVE IN NYC - 11th street music -2013 -Cheryl Pyle-flute, Daniel Carter-sax /trumpet, Max Johnson-bass, Newman Taylor Baker-washboard percussion
INSIDE OUT - NIGHT GALLERY -9th records -2013-Mark Demon - Vocals, Kit E. Hawke - Bass Guitar, Jimmy Dragon - Drums/Percussion,Paul Ash - Keyboards, Gerry Barnas-guitar, Jesse Effros-guitar, Zarabeth Burns -violin, Cheryl Pyle -flute ,Colin Stroker -background vocals
FAR OUT - 11th street music -2013 - Cheryl Pyle -compositions, flute, bass, poetry
GREEN UNDERWORLD -11th street music- 2013- with Cheryl Pyle -flute & poetry, Max Ridgway -guitar , acoustic bass, and Randall Colbourne drums
FLOW -Intrinsic Records 2012 - Axel Weiss(guitar), Cheryl Pyle(flute), Oddrun Eikli(vocals), Arne Hiorth(trumpet), Stan Zaslavsky(piano), Sean O'bryan Smith(bass)
BLUE WINDOW - Dewey Records 2012 - Hans Peter Salentin , Kuba Stankiewicz /Piano,Roman Chraniuk/ Bass,Marcin Jahr /Drums,Julia Sawicka/ Vocal with Guests : Cheryl Pyle on Flute / Vocal and Dirk Rumig
SOUND SCULPTURES -11th street music -2012 -Cheryl Pyle -flute & bass with Max Ridgway -guitar
WONDERFUL TIMES -Dewey Records/KAZHARGAN-2012- Piano-: Stan Z (Russia). Trumpet: Hans Peter Salentin (Germany). Flute: Cheryl Pyle (New York). Sax: Brian Mitchell Brody (USA). Guitar: Max Ridgway (USA). NS Double bass: Tony Cimorosi (New York). Electric bass: Sean O'Bryan Smith (USA). Drums & Percussion: Papa Z (Russia).
SOUL DUST- 11th street music- 2011 with Cheryl Pyle -flute ,electric bass, Max Ridgway -guitar , acoustic bass, and Randall colbourne drums.
INSIDE DIALOGUE- 11th street music -2011- Cheryl Pyle -flute & bass, piano, effects
9 FLUTE DUOS - 11th street music -2011 - Cheryl Pyle and Nick Gianni -flutes
AUDIO CHOCOLATE-Paul Tauteroff-- 2010- Cheryl Pyle flute -The Journey
SURREAL -11th street music -2010 -Cheryl Pyle -flute and bass (keyboards, effects & boss br600 drums)
FLOODS-BLOOD FOUNTAINS- Utech records-2009- Stephen Kasner, David Beaver, Mat Woods, Cheryl Pyle –flute,and the vocals of Yoshiko Ohara (Bloody Panda)
TIL SOON-11th street music - 2009 –Cheryl Pyle –flute and bass with boss br600 drums
SINEWS OF ANGUISH-Altar of oblivion-Shadow Kingdom Records- 2009-Cheryl Pyle –flute – a retreat into delusions and sinews of anguish.. w/ Martin Sparvath, Mik Mentor, Alan Larsen, C. Norgaard, Lars Strom
DEDICATED TO YOU-Gloria Cooper-Origin Records 2004- Two Reflect as One-music by Michael Cochrane/lyrics by Cheryl Pyle . arr. by Don Sickler, w/ Wayne Escoffrey, Freddie Bryant, Tim Givens , Vince Cherico.
HI MIKE- 2000-Cheryl Pyle flute - they come down and lambuddy- Guitars/Keyboards:Mike Stand and Johnny Mike!--French Horn: Lou Denaro--Bass:JimmySplatt--Drums: ErichMike and SighMike
JAZZ CHILD - Sheila Jordan - High Note -1998 BUFFALO WINGS - Music by T. Harrell, lyrics by C. Pyle
DALLE ALLE - Cheryl Pyle Quartet - 11 Street Music - 1997- C. Pyle (flute) with David Phelps (guitar), Stephan Crump (bass) and Kirk Driscoll (drums)
PASSION DANCE - Roseanna Vitro - Telarc Jazz - 1996- SIMONE -weaver of dreams - Music by Frank Foster, lyrics by C. Pyle with Ken Werner (piano), Christian McBride (bass )and Elvin Jones (Drums)
HEART STRINGS - Sheila Jordan - Muse Records -1994 Out to Sea (Sail Away) - Music By Tom Harrell, Lyrics by Cheryl Pyle, strings arranged by Alan Broadbent, with Harvie S. Swartz - bass, Marvin Smitty Smith - drums
SOFTLY - Roseanna Vitro - Concord Records - 1993 Song For All Ages - Music by Fred Hersch, Lyrics by Cheryl Pyle, Life I Choose - Music by Tom Harrell, Lvrics by Cheryl Pyle, with Jay Anderson, Tom Rainey, George Coleman, Tim Reis, and Mino Cinelu
THE D.T.'S - The D.T.'s - C-4 Productions - 1993. Cheryl Pyle -- Flute on Moonflower, with Rich Kelly, J. P. Harvey, guitars, Dr. Planet - bass, J. Kaplan -drums, engineer-Josh Silver
THE PEACOCKS - Teri Brown - Justin Time Records - 1993 Don't Ask - Music by Fred Hersch, Lyrics by Cheryl Pyle with Kirk Lightsey, Rufus Reid, Wali Muhammad, and Peter Leitch
DANCING VOICES - Judi Silvano - J.S.L. Records - 1992 Two Hearts Wonder - Music by Tom Harrell, Lyrics by Cheryl Pyle, with Joe Lovano, Tim Hagens, Salvatore Bonafede, Ken Werner and Scott Lee
PASSAGES - Tom Harrell - Chesky Records - 1992, with Joe Lovano - sax, Cheryl Pyle - flute, Danilo Perez - piano, Peter Washington - bass, Paul Motian - drums, Café - percussion
MIRAGE - Jeri Brown - Justin Time Records - 1991 Mirage and Child Song - Music by Fred Hersch, Lyrics by Cheryl Pyle
VISIONS - Tom Harrell - Contemporary Records - 1991 with Joe Lovano - sax, Cheryl Pyle - flute, Danilo Perez - piano, Charlie Haden - bass , Paul Motian - drums
FORM - Tom Harrell - Contemporary Records - 1990. joe Lovano - sax, Cheryl Pyle - flute, Danilo Perez - piano, Charlie Haden - bass, Paul Motian - drums
SAIL AWAY - Tom Harrell - Contemporary Records - 1989. Joe Lovano - sax, Cheryl Pyle - flute, David Liebman - sax, James Williams - piano, Ray Drummond - bass, Adam Nussbaum - drums, John Abercrombie - guitar
SHORT STORIES - Janis Siegel - Atlantic Records - 1989. Janis Siegel - voice, Fred Hersch - piano; with lyrics by Cheryl Pyle, A Dance for Me
QUARTET - Mili Bermejo - Nuevo Records - 1988. With music by Fred Hersch, lyrics by Cheryl Pyle
A NIGHT IN THE LIFE - Santo - Source Records - 1987. Santo - guitar, Billy Bang - violin, Cheryl Pyle - flute
A QUIET PLACE - Roseanna Vitro - Skyline Records - 1987. Fred Hersch - piano, Eddie Daniels - sax. Mark Egan - bass, Joey Baron - drums; with lyrics by Cheryl Pyle, A Simple Samba and Mirage
FROSTIANA - Randall Thompson Conducts - Bassett Records - 1974. Cheryl Pyle - flute soloist (classical)
REVIEWS -Cheryl Pyle -JAZZ FLUTE
Richard Mortifoglio nyc cdbaby reviews
review by Brent Black- Jan 29,2012 -http://www.criticaljazz.com/2012/01/kazhargan-world-wonderful-times-dewey.html
Review of SOUND SCULPTURES -cd 2012
C. von Hindte March 25 ,2012
C .von Hindte feb 9, 2012 - reviews by jazz lovers-cdbaby
FLOW -Intriinsic Records -2012 -""let go with the flow" (with Cheryl Pyle, Stan Z and Axel Weiss): "That opening beat and flute is superb and the way the bass walks smoothly in is just perfect. Then that Rhodes just underscores it all in perhaps the best way possible for the piece. As if that wasn't enough, the guitar just slips in stealthily and adds an entirely new funky dynamic to the progression while the vocal just floats nicely and calmly above it all. Stretches of this feel like Blue Note, others feel like Good Looking Records and others feel like Acid Jazz. A first class piece from the first note to the last and an exceptionally gifted union of musicians. Excellent work, real cool and real moreish. Well done to all." ” (Axel Weiss, Oddrun Eliki, Arne Hiorth, Cheryl Pyle, Stan Z, Sean O'Bryan Smith)
Thursday, July 26, 2012 http://gapplegatemusicreview.blogspot.com/
review by C. von Hindte Feb 2013
Dewey Records - Hans Peter Salentin CD , Sitting at the Lake ''
Dewey Records presents Hans Peter Salentin CD , Sitting at the Lake''
Post Fiction -cd 2014 -The internationally diverse ensemble Kazhargan World comes together with a new one that shows the band evolving and growing. Post Fiction (Dewey-Records LC24579), the latest, combines a sort of middle-period Miles Davis feel with nice composition elements, some excellent individual and collective soloing and a loosely hip rhythm section that swings and rocks appealingly.
Silent Noise On Saturn- 2013 Intrinsic records
Modern Art - 2014- 11th st music-Review By Chris Haines Trying to capture the essence of something visual through sound can be a difficult and unenviable task. Yes, plenty of purely instrumental music has been written by musicians which have successfully become known for this, obvious examples being the pastoral symphonies by famous classical composers Beethoven and Vaughn Williams. However, can the visual really be captured by sound (not really) or is it more the feeling and emotional response that is conveyed through the medium that allows us to then recreate a visual spectacle of our own making, which is closely related to the original stimuli (much more likely). To take this a step further, if the visual stimulus isn’t something that can be readily conjured up in our imaginations and is already much more abstract to our visual senses does this then make the task of recreating this in music easier or harder? This album by Cheryl Pyle (Flute), Max Ridgway (Guitar & Guitar Synth) and Randall Colbourne (Drums) offers thirteen pieces of music for various modern visual artists such as Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Having a keen interest in modern abstract art it was hard not to think of the visual element and to somehow compare the music with the more famous examples of the artists work. So, does the music capture the artists’ oeuvre? This is always going to be a completely subjective answer but no more than when normally reviewing music, which is completely down to the individual’s taste and preferences anyway. There is a great overall feel to the playing on this album, which has a very relaxed and cool vibe to it. The music stylistically seems to float between free jazz, contemporary classical and free improv, which the trio exploit to good effect from piece to piece. The sound of the flute in jazz is an instrumental force which should be utilised more, especially based on Cheryl Pyle’s playing. Also she is not adverse to stepping aside and allowing the guitar and drums to take centre stage on some of the tracks. The angular melodies are delivered by the flute and guitar in a very musical and smooth way particularly on the more free jazz orientated tracks that have a good swung feel to them. Taken on it’s own the music on this album is wonderful and is a pleasant listening experience. With regard to the inspiration for each of the pieces and how the music relates to this, I personally, have mixed feelings. While I can relate to the piece Music for Willem de Kooning as a general audio spectacle for the artist and his work, not all of the pieces on the album work for me in this way. For example, Music for Mark Rothko doesn’t conjure up the monumental nature of his work or the tragic struggle within his life, with the change of instrumentation to guitar synth seeming like a token gesture to do something different. Also, the piece for Pollock doesn’t get anywhere near the intensity of the artist or his work that contains much rhythm and complex linearity and motion in the paintings which isn’t reflected in the music. However, this doesn’t make this a bad album and as I have already stated there is a great feel to this music. I also enjoyed being introduced to a few artists whose work I wasn’t familiar with such as Zao Wou-Ki. The best thing is not to get too bogged down with comparisons between the artistic mediums and just enjoy the music. http://www.freejazzblog.org/
At Café Stritch, Bay Area vocalist Kenny Washington, who ranks amongst the finest male jazz singers in the world, dug into American Songbook standards featured on his upcoming album with saxophonist/arranger Michael O’Neill, soaring through “All the Things You Are” and wringing every gram of pathos out of “Alone Together” as if they were written for his soul-drenched voice. Over at the Fairmont Hotel’s Club Regent, another underappreciated singer, Vancouver’s Jennifer Scott, performed with the bi-national band Crossing Borders, featuring her husband, bassist Rene Worst, and three South Bay stalwarts, saxophonist Kristen Strom, her husband, guitarist Scott Sorkin, and drummer Jason Lewis. Opening with “Smile” as a duet between Strom and Scott, who also plays piano, the band played several pieces from the new album Sojourn, including a ravishing version of Hersch’s “Rain Waltz” (with lyrics by Cheryl Pyle).
Biggi Vinkeloe/Cheryl Pyle flute Duo- Raw Sound Sweden Live at Downtown Music Gallery-2015-11th street music
Last March 15th avant jazz improv reed master Biggi Vinkeloe was visiting New York to touch bases and do some playing. On that night she carried her music to the Downtown Music Gallery in Manhattan for two segments. The results are available as a download album entitled Flute Duo/Raw Sound Sweden, Live at Downtown Music Gallery (11th Street Music). This is a prime "women in the new jazz" showcase with some very lively music. The main part of the night is the Raw Sound Sweden segment, with Biggi on alto sax, Elsa Bergman, bass, Anna Hogberg, alto sax, Malin Wattring, tenor sax, Signe Dahlgreen, tenor sax, Anna Lund, drums, and two important resident New Yorkers--bassist Shayna Dulberger and flautist Cheryl Pyle guesting. It is primo open-ended avant jazz with lots of saxophonics in the new and newer zone and a very structured sense of freedom. The second half is devoted to Biggi and Cheryl in a "Sonata for Two Flutes," a duet with a significant meeting of Cheryl and her patented flute ways and Biggi in her own zone. It is music of a special sort, Biggi carrying forward her own linear sensitivity with some very choice co-musicians. This is a good one for those (and hey, that should be everybody) who want to keep abreast of the women in jazz movement. Nice sounds, bravo!
by Grego Applegate Edwards Oct 21, 2015
Cheryl Pyle/Bern Nix Duo-Live at Art on A gallery-2015-11th street muisc
The meeting of flautist Cheryl Pyle and guitarist Bern Nix has led to some excellent sounds. They appeared for a live gig at Art of A Gallery some months ago and luckily the "tapes" were rolling. A nice recording of the gig is available for download as Beyond Duo (11th Street Music).
Many will remember Bern Nix as a key guitarist in Ornette Coleman's Prime Time electric band (RIP to the great Ornette). He's kept going, developing, unfolding his stylistic universe. On his duet with Cheryl here he plays an acoustic guitar, rolling out both lines and chords that skyrocket the music and give a challenging tapestry of sound that inspire Ms. Pyle to go forward to a realm most certainly "beyond."
Cheryl as always has a beautiful flute tone and an original improv-melodic concept that incorporates both new music and jazz elements. Bern Nix feeds her some very thoughtful and original spontaneities that allow the duo to soar and thrive in the process.
The harmonic and linear ideas Bernie expresses must be heard by anyone interested in the possibilities of freedom as made real on the guitar. Cheryl gets the inspiration to outdo herself and in the process we get 45 excellent minutes of DIY immediacy. Do a Google to find the download. It's very worthwhile music!
By Gregory Applegate Edwards http://gapplegateguitar.blogspot.com/2015/07/cheryl-pyle-and-bern-nix-beyond-duo.html
FLOW -Intrinsic Music 2012 -Flow is an international collective ensemble devoted to ambient, progressive electric-acoustic jazz. I've covered their music here before on these blogs. Now there is a new one, or a new one to me anyway, Flow: Duos Trios Quintets (Intrinsic).
As before the ensemble appears in various groupings for a free-flowing eclectic program that runs from lyric improvisations to song-like sequences. The lineup for this outing is Cheryl Pyle on flute and poetic mantras, Oddrun Eickli on vocals and song melodies/lyrics (which are sometimes extremely attractive and at any rate always fluent), Axel Weiss on acoustic and electric guitars, compositional structures and a bit of electric piano and bass, Arne Hiorth on trumpet, Stan Zaslavski on piano and organ, and Sean O'Bryan Smith on bass.
They cover much ground, getting into free-tonal playing, sometimes a quasi-Brazilian feel, a bit of rock electricity, and a general anything goes kind of mellowness.
Cheryl's flute and Axel's guitars take on important roles with the stylistic resonance one might come to expect from them, happily. But then Oddrun comes in with a sort of post-Flora-Purim lyricalness, and Stan and Arne have very good moments.
The vocals every now and again might have benefited from one more take, but Oddrun has a most pleasant voice and it is in the end a minor consideration.
This may not be the very best album they have made, but it is musically substantial while being easy on the ears. Axel gives us his vision and some guitar brilliance. And it all most certainly does flow! Hear it!
Posted by Grego Applegate Edwards
Mahasen - Cheryl Pyle -flute /William Ruiz -percussion -11th street music 2015 -For today's selection we have a lively interchange of percussion and flute on Mahasen (11th Street Music). William Ruiz creates a series of stirring Afro-grooves for various malleted percussion, primarily the African marimba and slit gong. The hypnotic ostinatos are punctuated by lyrically conceived counter-ostinatos by Cheryl Pyle.
The two dig into eight segments that ultimately constitute a varying but conceptually constant approach. Continuous pulsating percussion and sweetly articulated flute motifs work together for music where the sound architectonics hold sway over your listening self and put you pulsatingly forward into segmented space.
It has a continual present zone that occupies your ears with unflagging zeal. You put the music on and it does the rest. It proceeds on with deep rhythmic drive, putting you in a groovy place throughout. The artistry of both in this duo ensures that the results keep on coming at you happily.
Making this sort of thing work well is not at all easy. Ruiz and Pyle succeed fully in part because they stick to the game plan of wall-to-wall groove. It is some beautiful sound, a succinct triumph of the rhythmic arts. Check this out!
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DESTINATIONS -2016 -Review by Ben Williams (Bristol, United Kingdom):
"A Marvellous New Album from Stan Z and his international trans-global players - I love this group! No-one would think this collaboration takes place at such great distances apart - from the 6/8 sitar riff at the start of 'Destinations' - the title track - I am reminded of so much good music that I don't know where to start - the flute harmonies remind me of the Brecker Brothers - and soon we are into a great rolling 5/4 groove which supports freewheeling improvisations from everyone in the group - the polyphonic dialogue has a rapturous and sublime mood to it which reminds my of John Coltrane's spiritual jazz.
The sly and sneaky Cuban style changes and funk of 'Made In Russia' create a gritty backstreet vibe which somehow also conjure up the harmonies of Russian Folk Music.
'Equilibrium' is just that - a track of poise and balance - delicately mixing ballad like sensitivity with forceful brass section lines - everyone is listening extremely hard and playing the spaces beautifully - interjecting skilful economical phrases in a continuous group dialogue - outstanding trumpet work at the end of this track - all in all, this is going to be another firm favourite with those who wisely took the step to get into the first Kazhargan World album - Stan Z's playing is supportive and understated throughout - stepping forward whenever necessary - I particularly like the ability he has to make a chordal figure appear like the Sun coming out from behind the clouds. Outstanding playing from all concerned - recommended listening." © Ben Williams-New tracks for an upcoming release. Join and Listen for Free: http://vk.com/kazharganworld
ART SPACE- 11th street Music 2017 - Cheryl Pyle-c flute /alto flute, spoken word ,Max Ridgway -guitar, bass, Randall Colbourne -drums /cover art by Pien van der Beek
"I am listening to your beautiful CD and I must say that I enjoyed browsing all these spaces in several dimensions. "Music for Jeremy Steig" touches me especially and "music for Louise Nevelson" in fine tensions and a delicate sound thickness. "Ode to Captain Beefheart", with your voice I suppose, is particularly successful, with this beautiful dialogue, flute, guitar, drums ... I also like infinitely "music for Pien van Beek" with this minimalist sound of the double bass And the sober play of the guitar and this magical moment when the flute makes its appearance while the battery is in charge of defining an open space where everything seems suspended in the air and where the breath is released gradually for our greatest happiness. And here we are as in suspension, in weightlessness and at other moments of the CD in a state of tension where the urgency is felt to express perhaps the problematic to be in the world, to say, play the tragic beauty of life . There is also a political dimension, in the noble sense of the word, in your wonderful CD, which I think I perceive as meaning our world, our civilization in crisis, lack of meaning, lack of soul. This is an interpretation on my part no doubt but that is how I thought I perceived one aspect of your music ... thanks for sharing and all the best." Patrick Geffroy Yorffeg . France Feb 20 , 2017
" Je suis à l'écoute de votre magnifique CD et je dois dire que j'ai aimé naviguer dans tous ces espaces à plusieurs dimensions . "Music for Jeremy Steig" me touche particulièrement et "music for Louise Nevelson" tout en fines tensions et d' une délicate épaisseur sonore. "Ode to Captain Beefheart", avec votre voix je suppose, est particulièrement réussi, avec ce beau dialogue, flûte, guitare, batterie... j'aime aussi infiniment "music for Pien van der Beek" avec ce son minimaliste de la contrebasse et le jeu sobre de la guitare et cet instant magique où la flûte fait son apparition pendant que la batterie se charge de définir un espace ouvert où tout semble en suspension dans l 'air et où le souffle se libère progressivement pour notre plus grand bonheur. Et nous voici comme en suspension , en apesanteur et à d'autres moments du CD en état de tensions où l'urgence se fait sentir d'exprimer peut-être la problématique d'être au monde, de dire, de jouer la beauté tragique de la vie . Il y a aussi me semble t-il une dimension politique, au sens noble du terme, dans votre merveilleux CD que je crois percevoir comme pour signifier notre monde , notre civilisation en crise , en manque de sens , en manque d'âme. C'est une interprétation de ma part sans doute mais c'est pourtant comme cela que j'ai cru percevoir un des aspects de votre musique... merci pour le partage and all the best ". Patrick Geoffroy Yorffeg . France Feb 20, 2017
DESTINATIONS- Kazhargan World Jazz Group-2017- Dewey Records/Kazhargan.
"Je viens de terminer l'écoute de votre CD . Bravo à vous chère Cheryl et à vous tous pour ce Masterpiece "DESTINATIONS" qui nous envoûte sur tous les plans. S'il y a une destination à prendre dans nos vies, aux routes trop lourdement balisées, c'est bien celle de l'écoute de votre CD dont il convient de suivre les multiples facettes, les multiples dimensions aux charmes ineffables. Les arrangements sont subtiles et délicats tout en dégageant une grande puissance rythmique originale et savent en même temps souligner, sans lourdeur aucune, les traits et les reliefs de paysages sonores aux riches heures des cultures du monde avec leurs savantespolyrythmies Comme il est bon de se perdre dans cette ivresse musicale savamment composée, où rien n'est définitif et sûr comme la vie, et comme savent l'être les grandes créations artistiques qui nous montrent la voie, la seule,la vraie, celle de "l'intranquillité créative" où tout peut advenir. L'on remarquera donc l'aspect protéiforme et multiculturel de "Kazhargan Destinations" où les musiciens savent, pour notre plus grand bonheur, dialoguer et inventer une manière de vivre ensemble. L'on tendra l'oreille à la voix poétique de Cheryl Pyle et aux belles envolées profondes de sa flûte dans cette surprenante pièce musicale qu'est "10- Aurora Polaris" et du dialogue tout en finesse avec le piano de Stanislav Zaslavsky (Russia) et la batterie de Drums: Laurent Planells(Paris, France). L'on découvrira avec bonheur la Trumpet d'Hans Peter Salentin (Germany) et la guitare Guitar de Max Ridgway-(Alva, Oklahoma , USA) dans 9- Summer Night . l'on remarquera en passant la dimension de danse de "Still Together" avec ses entrelacs mélodiques tendres et sensuels à la fois où tous les instruments participent d'une grande dynamique musicale que l'on peut entendre aussi dans "Dance of Changes". L'on entendra le guitariste Max Ridgway jouer du sitar en introduction dans "Destinations" une pièce qui porte le titre de l'album et qui donne bien la mesure de ce magnifique CD à la croisée des mondes. All the best et bravo à vous tous pour ce trésor . " review by Patrick Geffroy Yorffeg
DESTINATIONS-Kazhargan World Jazz Group-2017- Dewey Records/Kazhargan
.review by Patrick Geffroy Yorffeg April 3 , 2017
" I just finished listening to your CD. Congratulations to you dear Cheryl and to you all for this masterpiece "destinations" which bewitches us on all plans. If there's a destination to take in our lives, the roads too heavily marked, it's good that of listening to your cd which we should follow the multiple facets, the multiple dimensions to the ineffable charms. The arrangements are subtle and delicate, all while releasing a great power original rhythmic and know at the same time stress, without any heaviness, the features and the reliefs of soundscapes the rich hours of world cultures with their scholarly polyrythmies. As it is good to get lost in this musical intoxication expertly composed, cleverly orchestrated, where nothing is final and sure, like life, and as know the be the great artistic creations who show us the way, the only, the real, One of the "creative intranquillity" where anything can happen. We will notice so the aspect of protean and multicultural kazhargan "destinations" where the musicians know, for our greatest happiness, dialogue and invent a way of life together. We will tend the ear to the voice of poetic Cheryl Pyle and the beautiful deep flights of his flute in this surprising musical piece that is "10-Aurora Polaris" and dialogue while finesse with the piano of stanislav zaslavsky (Russia) And the battery drums: Laurent May hire multiple (Paris, France). We will find out with happiness the trumpet of Hans Peter Salentino Dialect (Germany) and the guitar guitar of Max Ridgway-(Alva, Oklahoma, USA) in 9-summer night. We will be noted in passing the dimension of dance of " still together " with its melodic interlacing soft and sensual at a time where all the instruments are involved a great musical dynamic that we can hear also in " dance of changes ". Hears the guitarist Max Ridgway play the sitar in introduction in "destinations" a piece that bears the title of the album and who gives well the measure of this magnificent cd at the crossroads of the worlds. All the best and congratulations to you all for this treasure." Patrick Geffroy Yorffeg.
International jazz combo includes Oklahoma musician on guitar, sitar
ALVA, Okla. – Although Max Ridgway has never met any of his fellow bandmates in person, he is still amazed at how good he and the others – who live in various parts of the world – sound when Russian pianist and composer Stanislav “Stan” Zaslavsky pastes the musical contributions together – including those from Ridgway – into a tuneful whole.
Called the Kazhargan World Jazz Group, Zaslavsky has handpicked these different musicians – including Ridgway on guitar and sitar; Hans Peter Salentin, a Cologne, Germany-based trumpeter; flutist Cheryl Pyle from New York; Sasha Pyshminsev, a saxophonist from Russia; Sean O’Bryan Smith of Nashville, Tenn. also contributing bass; and Laurent Planells, a drummer based in Paris, France – to record a new album called Destinations, which will be released soon and is a follow-up to the previous album, 2014’s Post Fiction, which is available via iTunes and also on Amazon, via Dewey Records.
As Ridgway (whom we highlighted in a piece in 2015 headlined “Raga in Alva: College music teacher only known sitar player in Oklahoma”) explained, the musicians communicate and exchange music tracks through social media and email.
Zaslavsky then mixes and produces the whole record at his homebase in Russia.
Ridgway, who is also an adjunct instructor of music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva, said that when he explains it to people, the first reaction is to “think it would be a total mess,” but he assures this reporter that it is “super, high-quality, sophisticated jazz” and “really quite amazing.”
Listening to a sample track, “Destinations,” with Ridgway’s sitar kicking things off and giving it an Indian flavor, initially, Salentin’s trumpet comes in and then the jazz combo really lays it down with Pyle’s jazz flute sounding reminiscent of improvisational Cuban jazz flutist Bobby Ramirez, alongside Zaslavsky’s piano.
And Ridgway is correct in saying that the results are “quite amazing.” You would think that these musicians are all in the same room.
Ridgway comes to Oklahoma City once a month to perform free concerts with his jazz group the Max Ridgway Trio. They have a record called Deep Memory Scan that captures Ridgway's jazz guitar style, accompanied by a bassist and drummer."
http://www.reddirtreport.com/rustys-music/international-jazz-combo-includes-oklahoma-musician-guitar-sitar article by Andrew W. Griffin April 18, 2017
Art Space - 11th street music 2017
The trio of Cheryl Pyle, Max Ridgway and Randall Colbourne fills the ears with a special kind of three-way freedom that I feel increasingly is one-of-a-kind. This can be heard tellingly in the recent download release Art Space (11th Street Music), which I believe is the third album I have reviewed on these pages (index box above will call up the others).
Cheryl is on flute, alto flute and spoken word; Max Ridgway appears once again on electric guitar; and Randall Colbourne plays the drums. Each has a role to play in the ongoing free sequences and distinguishes our aural space with a closely interlocking three-way interplay that becomes considerably more than the already vital contribution each makes. It is the way the three become one that makes this music stand out. They have played together for quite a while and by so doing have developed a special kind of free rapport one encounters rarely in the free jazz firmament.
It is a sort of naturally relaxed impressionist freedom one encounters throughout. Cheryl is at her best, lyrical, textural and limpidly eloquent. Max rejoins her every phrase with well chosen guitar intelligence. And Randall completes the circle with subtle attack and a ready immediacy that is just right for the chamber ambiance the trio projects so well. Each establishes a very personal style of their own but then alternately gives way and springs forward with three-way line flow. You hear a never ending outpouring of modern melodic and harmonic advance. And that of course is a very good thing.
The music never flags while managing to create a special world one dwells within willingly and happily. If you do not know this threesome, here is the place to start. If you already do, this will no doubt increase your appreciation. Thanks for this, you three!
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