Eric Revis Quartet: In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (2014)

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Track review of "The Shadow World"

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Eric Revis Quartet: In Memory Of Things Yet Seen
Bassist Eric Revis has performed and recorded with saxophonist Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
Branford Marsalis
b.1960
saxophone
' bands since 1997, and is a first-call session artist. Marsalis appears on two tracks for the bassist's third solo date on the progressive Portugal-based label, Clean Feed Records. The core quintet features a formidable frontline with tenor saxophonist Bill McHenry
Bill McHenry
Bill McHenry

saxophone
and alto saxophonist Darius Jones
Darius Jones
Darius Jones

sax, alto
. And diversity is a key driver during a host of jazz-centric formats, constructed on scrappy maneuvers; contrapuntal statements, quirky rhythmic jaunts, and ballsy, hard-hitting grooves. The album also contains pieces that are modeled with swarming, episodic free style dialogues, perky bop fabrications and exploratory ruminations.

Revis introduces Sun Ra
Sun Ra
Sun Ra
1914 - 1993
keyboard
's "The Shadow World" with a complex bass passage that also triggers a degree of anticipation of how the piece will develop. Hence, the saxophonists enter into the picture with compact unison phrasings, elevating the festivities to a soul-stirring pitch and leaving space in between choruses atop Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor
Chad Taylor

drums
's blustery drumming. Hence, a torrential downpour ensues, and a sense of urgency takes center stage via the soloists spiraling discourses amid seething crescendos. Moreover, the rhythm section operates at a feverish pace, leading to a red-hot apogee. Ultimately, Revis skillfully aligns prominent artistic values into a contrasting set of compositions, perhaps highlighting his worldly experiences as a consummate jazz musician whose visionary outlook comes to fruition once again.

Track Listing: Track #1; Track #2; Track #3.

Personnel: Eric Revis: bass; Chad Taylor: drums; Bill McHenry: tenor saxophone; Darius Jones: alto saxophone; Branford Marsalis: saxophone (5, 11).

Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Style: Modern Jazz


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