, playing everything from pure straight-ahead to absolutely free. He debuted as a leader in 2004 with Tales of the Stuttering Mime (11:11), and he imbues his sophomore release with a similar toughness, lyricism and sonic variation. Two of the featured players, pianist Orrin Evans
The opening "Denihilists" features layered viola tracks by Gizem Yucel in a haze of foreboding harmony and implied groove that brings 4Hero to mind. Following this, "Assata" sets a tone of gritty acoustic jazz that prevails on much of the disc, with Ellis' bass clarinet motifs slinking around a slow broken beat. "Suicide 4 Life" introduces another element: Evans on melodica, an instrument that returns later on "The Deaf Schizophrenic," enhanced by Freddie Hendrix's muted trumpet counter-lines. Here and elsewhere, Revis expands his contrapuntal options and deepens the core quintet interplay.
There's double-tenor madness to spare on "Grafting Silence," a nod to free jazz that Revis balances with the haunting ballad "Faith in All I Fear," and an affecting rubato piece for piano trio, "Feb 13." Revis also adapts a Hindemith sonata to come up with the galvanizing "Scherzo-ish" and takes a one-minute detour into hillbilly country with "In Tha Hick of Time." His closing track, Thelonious Monk
vein. The A section, a four-bar phrase played twice, gets a surprising treatment: Noy plays the latter two bars with erupting distortion, over the huge beat of guest drummer Dana Murray (the album's producer). It wouldn't sound out of place on a Bad Brains record. Leave it to Revis to hear Monk's punk-metal implications.
Track Listing: Denihilists; Assata; O; Suicide 4 Life; Faith in All I Fear; Grafting Silence; The Deaf Schizophrenic; In Tha Hick of Time; Feb 13th; Scherzo-ish; Shuffle Boil.
Personnel: Eric Revis: bass; Orrin Evans: piano, melodica; Stacy Dillard: sax; John Ellis: sax; Gerald Cleaver: drums; Oz Noy: guitar; Freddie Hendrix: trumpet.