Welcome to a decidedly semi-spooky Friday the 13th edition of Office Hours! Along with the lovely fall weather, a very interesting album release has graced our digital doorsteps and I have the distinct pleasure of diving into it head first.
Myriad3 are a jazz trio formed in 2010, hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Chris Donnelly (piano), Dan Fortin (bass), and Ernesto Cervini (drums) play straightforward, honest music in the modern jazz idiom. The players function very well as an ensemble, with each taking their turn as soloist or blending anonymously into the musical texture.
Myriad3 released their debut album ‘Tell’ in 2013 on ALMA records, an 11-track excursion into a variety of textures, infectious head tunes, and driving rhythms. Wait, what’s that? You, in the back with the anime shirt – you are wondering what any this has to do with chip music? I’m glad you asked! In September, Chris Donnelly finished arranging the entire album in 8-bit fashion and re-released the tunes under the title ‘Tell((chip))’. These are not simple tunes in straight 4/4 time, run through a cheap-sounding VST; these are entirely new versions of the source material, presented in exquisite detail.