Arms Spread Wide

Featuring: Marilyn Lerner

Musicians on the recording

Marilyn Lerner - piano
Ken Filiano - bass
Lou Grassi - drums, percussion 

Recording track list

1. Wild Analysis 6:22
2. Nightwings 5:24
3. The Eternal Present 10:24
4. The Dance Within The Game 3:48
5. Skies Spin Round 9:36
6. Hommage a’ Coco Schulmann* 7:52
7. Samphire 6:31
8. World Of Shades 2:44
9. Arms Spread Wide 9:34
10. Skitterbug 2:16
NoBusiness Records NBCD 5
Release year - 2009

Credits and release info

  • All compositions by Marilyn Lerner (Socan), Ken Filiano (Flizmo Music BMI) and Lou Grassi (Elgee Publishing BMI)
  • Recorded 20th February 2008 at Acoustic Recording Studios, Brooklyn, NY by Michael Brorby
  • Mixed and Mastered April 10, 2008 at Park West Studios, Brooklyn, NY. Engineer - Jim Clouse
  • Design by Oskaras Anosovas
  • Executive producer – Danas Mikailionis
  • Co-producer – Valerij Anosov

Reviews and articles


Ken Waxman - WHOLE NOTE

Another notable trio performance is that of Canadian pianist Marilyn Lerner with New Yorkers, bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Lou Grassi on Arms Spread Wide (No Business Records NBCD 5). It’s obvious that there would be no Christmas – or Christianity – without Judaism, and the most affecting performance here, Hommage a Coco Shulmann, honours a German-Jewish guitarist and Holocaust survivor. His statement that “once a man learns to swing, he can never march again” not only describes much of the fine music here, but underlies the pacific message of Christmas. Musically, Grassi’s clanking strokes and Filiano’s pumping bass complement the jaunty narrative, during which Lerner moves from andante swaying to high-frequency key tickling with an angled bass line. Mercurial in her playing, exhibiting uneven rhythmic pulses and moving in-and-out of tempo with cascading tone clusters and singular clipped notes, Lerner treats the title tune lyrically and dramatically. Following an initial hunt-and-peck keyboard exploration, she works up to super-fast vibrations and dense, tension-filled runs. With Grassi’s press rolls and tom-tom strokes plus Filiano’s spiccato string-slashing, she eventually downshifts to gentle patterning. 

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