All About Jazz needs your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 (or more) and we'll hide those six pesky Google ads that appear on every page for a full year! You'll also fund website expansion.


I want to help

5

Eric Revis: Eric Revis' Parallax

Glenn Astarita By
Published:
Sign in to view read count
Track review of "Split"

Eric Revis: Eric Revis' Parallax Bassist Eric Revis is notoriously comfortable within many jazz contexts and vernaculars. As a leader and session man, he's been in the thick of things, toggling between modern mainstream, trad-jazz, Acid Jazz and other crosscutting musical endeavors. Here, he revisits the freer spectrum, supported by an all-star lineup. And while there's certainly no shortage of group-centric expressionism, the bassist doesn't keep the band in a particular mode or style. Revis' menu generates an oscillating aural experience, where each piece stands on its own.

"Split" is built on succinct contrasts, executed by Revis and pianist Jason Moran's lower register ostinato groove, followed by saxophonist Ken Vandermark's popping notes, spiced with fractured swing inferences. At the onset, the quartet establishes a baseline built on a stirring rhythmic motif, accelerated by drummer Nasheet Waits' blustery rolls and blitzing shuffle beats. The panorama opens up as Vandermark darts, dashes, and bangs out a few bluesy inflections via a torrid solo spot. The intensity level soars as Waits' kicks the overall metric into hyper-mode, leading the musicians back to the primary theme for the closeout. Indeed, Revis and associates stir the kettle many times over and convey an interchanging rhythmic mien throughout the program.


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

Personnel: Eric Revis: double bass; Nasheet Waits: drums; Jason Moran: piano; Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone and clarinet.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Clean Feed Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop For Jazz

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Extended Analysis
Read more articles
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
[no cover]
City Of Asylum
Challenge Records
2013
buy
Laughter's Necklace of Tears
Laughter's Necklace...
11:11
2009
buy
Ornette Coleman Ornette Coleman
sax, alto
Brian Blade Brian Blade
drums
Dave Liebman Dave Liebman
saxophone
Albert Ayler Albert Ayler
sax, tenor
Donny McCaslin Donny McCaslin
saxophone
Satoko Fujii Satoko Fujii
piano
Steve Lacy Steve Lacy
sax, soprano
Henry Grimes Henry Grimes
bass, acoustic

More Articles

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.