Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

8

Eric Revis Trio: Crowded Solitudes

Mark Corroto By

Sign in to view read count
Listening to a recording, one can assume, as opposed to attending a performance, involves just one of your five senses, hearing. The concert has of course sight, but something about Eric Revis' Crowded Solitudes suggests other senses to consider. This trio recording follows City Of Asylum (Clean Feed, 2013). Revis has retained pianist Kris Davis, but Gerald Cleaver replaces Andrew Cyrille at the drum chair.

Revis, the longtime bassist for Branford Marsalis, can also be heard on the highly acclaimed Aruán Ortiz Trio recording Hidden Voices (Intakt, 2016) and in collaboration with pianist Orrin Evans in various ensembles, plus their creative trio Tarbaby with Nasheet Waits. His recordings as a leader have progressed from the kitchen-sink busyness of this early efforts to a dazzling quartet session, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed, 2014) and a meeting of the improvisation giants Jason Moran and Ken Vandermark on Parrallax (Clean Feed, 2012). What is evident in all his work as a leader is his knack for employing talents he is working with. He never tries to force a round peg into a square hole.

With his return to the trio format, Davis at the piano and Cleaver the drums the music rises above be merely auditory. The shortish piece "QB4R" adds a tactile sensation. Revis pulling, then sawing taut strings before plucking notes that resonate deep within the chest. Cleaver's brushes dusting cymbals and tambourine while Davis sprinkles notes like rain. It is one of three free pieces the trio recorded. The other two are the haunting "Crowded Solitudes (for B.K.)" where Revis bends bowed notes to the cymbal tap and scrape of drums and Davis' minimalist melody and the opening piece "Arcane 17" contains an entire universe of ideas. Revis' monster bass opens up to Davis fragments of a melody, as if a radio signal was cutting out. Her intermittent pieces and spasmodic parts coagulate into a percussive crescendo of energy. Davis drawn much attention with her ability to cast Cecil Taylor-like notes at one moment before switching to minimalism. She is prominently featured here, mimicking the sampled speech pattern of a child on "Bontah" and partitioning her brain on "Anamnesis -Parts I & II" with an incessant hammering left hand and gentle melodic right. Revis' composition "D.O.C." work a post-bebop swing into a modern deconstruction that doesn't eschew melody. Paul Motian's "Victoria" opens with Revis' titanic bass thundering yet gentle notes over Cleaver's brushwork. Davis renders the theme, squeezing emotion onto the sensory inputs of sound, touch, and maybe even taste.

Track Listing: Arcane; Bontah; Victoria; QB4R; D.O.C.; Crowded Solitudes (for B.K.); Vertical Hold; Anamnesis - Parts I & II.

Personnel: Kris Davis: piano; Eric Revis: double bass; Gerald Cleaver: drums.

Title: Crowded Solitudes | Year Released: 2016 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.

Album Reviews
Year in Review
Album Reviews
Interviews
Album Reviews
Extended Analysis
Album Reviews
Live Reviews
Album Reviews
Read more articles
Sing Me Some Cry

Sing Me Some Cry

Clean Feed
2017

buy
Crowded Solitudes

Crowded Solitudes

Clean Feed Records
2016

buy
Eric Revis: In Memory Of Things Yet Seen

Eric Revis: In Memory...

Clean Feed Records
2014

buy
In Memory Of Things Yet Seen

In Memory Of Things...

Clean Feed Records
2014

buy
Eric Revis' Parallax

Eric Revis' Parallax

Clean Feed Records
2013

buy
 

City Of Asylum

Challenge Records
2013

buy

Upcoming Shows

Related Articles

Read Higher Album Reviews
Higher
By Tyran Grillo
May 26, 2019
Read The Unlonely Raindancer Album Reviews
The Unlonely Raindancer
By Matt Parker
May 26, 2019
Read Pyramid Scheme Album Reviews
Pyramid Scheme
By Mark Sullivan
May 26, 2019
Read Mosaismic Album Reviews
Mosaismic
By Mike Jurkovic
May 26, 2019
Read Caldera / Sky Islands Album Reviews
Caldera / Sky Islands
By Jakob Baekgaard
May 25, 2019
Read Baby, Please Come Home Album Reviews
Baby, Please Come Home
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019
Read Reckless Heart Album Reviews
Reckless Heart
By Doug Collette
May 25, 2019