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The recordings the Revolutionary Music Ensemble made in the '70s were adventurous and daring. Having stamped their credentials, the members of the group went their separate ways before that decade came to a close and pursued individual careers. Now, more than twenty years after their groundbreaking recording of The People's Republic, they stir the waters once again.
If there is one trait is in evidence here, it is the accessibility of the compositions. Though they ascend from the bed of melody, they are forged on the kiln of inspiration and so create remarkably potent permutations. Each of the musicians gives improvisation its context, and though the angles may be odd, the prism through which they are filtered brings the whole into pronounced focus. The gentlest voice is given to "Ism Schism." The gorgeous tones of Leroy Jenkins' violin bask in warmth, counterpointed by the Sirone's bowing on the bass. The classical music permutations are deconstructed by the bassist and Jerome Cooper, whose drumming has moved from augmenting the violinist to acting in concert with Sirone. Jenkins returns, escarping the trajectory before returning to the delectable melody. Jenkins slithers and darts like quicksilver on the ruminative "Rumi Tales" as he keeps upping the tempo and the register. The asymmetrical incantations are met head on by Cooper and Sirone, the former coaxing and goading, the latter letting his bow lay a rough hew.
The interaction between the three is still intuitive. Time has not effaced their ability to forge ahead, grab imagination, and create music that is spirited, fierce, and dynamic.
Track Listing: Berlin Erfahrung; Rumi Tales; 911-544; Light; Ism Schism
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop
I love jazz because with it I found my true voice. I have always sung since I was a very small child in school and church. And there have been many genre that I have enjoyed including spiritual, folk, country, latin, soca and pop. But nothing has touched my artistic sensiblities like JAZZ! Two years ago I moved to Sarasota, FL where I renewed my focus on my singing career and I was so impressed with the quality, quantity and generousity of talented jazz musicains in the Suncoast area. I soon partnered with piano legend Billy Marcus and his trio with Don Mopsick and Stephen Bucholtz. What a blast working with these guys and having them back me up on my first jaz album, Here's To You... which was just released on October 1st. I can't wait to see where the coming year brings me! Check out syniacarrolljazz.com