Myra Melford: In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight Inspired by a Uruguayan author's three-volume history of the Americas, jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford has written a suite for her new quintet.
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In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight

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In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight

In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight

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Myra Melford's new album is titled Snowy Egret. Bryan Murray/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Myra Melford's new album is titled Snowy Egret.

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Jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford's latest album is a suite of music inspired by the Memory Of Fire trilogy — a three-volume history of the Americas by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano.

More simply, it's the recorded debut of what she calls a "killer band."

In an interview with NPR's Arun Rath, she explains the genesis of Snowy Egret — the name of both her new album and the group behind it.