385

Eric Revis: Laughter's Necklace of Tears

David Adler By

Sign in to view read count
Eric Revis: Laughter's Necklace of Tears Best known for his decade-plus with the Branford Marsalis Quartet, bassist Eric Revis has also thrived in trio settings with Avram Fefer, Peter Brötzmann and most recently Kurt Rosenwinkel, 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 and tenor saxophonist Stacy Dillard, are Revis' co-leaders in the group Tar Baby, so it's fitting that one of the tunes from Tar Baby's debut disc, the metrically entangled "O," gets another airing here, with Gerald Cleaver on drums and John Ellis supplementing Dillard on tenor.

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's "Shuffle Boil," benefits from the silvery guitar of Oz Noy, who tackles the tune in a Bill Frisell/Marc Ducret 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.

Title: Laughter's Necklace of Tears | Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: 11:11


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Eleven Cages CD/LP/Track Review Eleven Cages
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Afro-Caribbean Mixtape CD/LP/Track Review Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
by Mark F. Turner
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Wake Up Call CD/LP/Track Review Wake Up Call
by Jack Bowers
Published: June 27, 2017
Read The Late Trane CD/LP/Track Review The Late Trane
by Roger Farbey
Published: June 27, 2017
Read Developing Story CD/LP/Track Review Developing Story
by Edward Blanco
Published: June 26, 2017
Read Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall) CD/LP/Track Review Inspirations (featuring Matthew Halsall)
by Phil Barnes
Published: June 26, 2017
Read "The Promise Of Happiness" CD/LP/Track Review The Promise Of Happiness
by Roger Farbey
Published: December 7, 2016
Read "The Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition" CD/LP/Track Review The Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition
by Doug Collette
Published: February 4, 2017
Read "Cornua Copiae" CD/LP/Track Review Cornua Copiae
by John Sharpe
Published: December 15, 2016
Read "Deep Memory" CD/LP/Track Review Deep Memory
by John Sharpe
Published: December 22, 2016
Read "57th & 9th" CD/LP/Track Review 57th & 9th
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 6, 2016
Read "Adam's Apple" CD/LP/Track Review Adam's Apple
by Greg Simmons
Published: April 26, 2017

Smart Advertising!

Musician? Boost your visibility at All About Jazz and drive traffic to your website with our Premium Profile service.