Perhaps it is too easy to be complacent and live on the safe side, such as investing stocks and bonds in well established companies, and listening to elevator jazz for background music while working on the computer at the office. However, true jazz has an greater purpose to make the listener feel aural nourishment and participate in the listening experience like a daring adventure. Revueltas is such a jazz musician, and although new to the U.S. (sans her hometown of San Antonio and her birthplace of Mexico, where she had a jazz radio show), she has been silent on wax or CD until now.
Like many jazz artists, she was influenced by John Coltrane, but instead of dwelling on Trane worship, she takes some of his muscial elements, pouring them with generous doses of passion. The selections run the gamut from Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, and Thelonius Monk to self penned pieces. "Winter Song in Mexico City," is a perfect venue for the rhythm mastery of long time Los Angeles resident Billy Higgins set against Revueltas' portrait painting of life down south in the latter months. Its theme has the substance of acoustic Chick Corea neatly set against the ending of the Coltrane signature theme, "A Love Supreme.".
Tehnically, Revuelta attacks the keys with sure intensity, puncuating every note as if each were of utmost importance. She definitely deserves airplay, and more importantly should land spots at jazz festivals around the country.
Track Listing: 'Round About Midnight Winter Song in Mexico city (J. Surman/O. Revueltas) Naima Act O'Clock Rock (Duke Ellington) Why? Pee Wee What Is This Thing Called Love?
Personnel: Olivia Revueltas: piano; Robert Miranda: bass; Billy Higgins: drums; W.R.Simcock: Producer
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.