Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!


Eric Revis: Sing Me Some Cry

John Sharpe By

Sign in to view read count
Away from his tenure with Branford Marsalis, bassist Eric Revis continues in the adventurous vein established by his previous dates on the Clean Feed imprint. His latest group if anything operates even more on the edge. With the return of reedman Ken Vandermark into the fold, Revis has a unit to die for. The Chicago-based hornman joins pianist Kris Davis, already a fixture on Revis' trio sessions City Of Asylum (2013) and Crowded Solitudes (2016), and drummer Chad Taylor, who manned the engine room on the quintet outing In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (2014). They excel on a program of nine tracks, including charts from each member as well as one cover.

A prime reason for the band's success is how well Vandermark and Davis connect. The saxophonist trades on a winning mix of R&B-inspired riffs and expressive textures which mesh well with Davis' penchant for sturdily reiterated figures. Add Revis' sprung rhythms and Taylor's ability to create a compelling thrust from unusual components and the excitement when they zero in on a staggered beat is hard to match. Vandermark's barnstorming "Good Company" provides only the first evidence on the disc, as well as a terrific jaunt for Davis. Her sinewy chattering runs locks into slowly mutating phrases which flow onwards in fits and starts until exploding in a scatter of keys.

Other high energy pieces include the leader's whirlwind "Pt 44" and Davis' tremendous "Rye Eclipse" which culminates in a visceral charge with Vandermark's tenor saxophone screaming over a pounding throb. Their rendition of Adam Rogers' turbo funked "Rumples," while taken slightly slower than the original nonetheless gives the convoluted melody an effervescent airing.

There's more introspective fare too which allows the pulse to settle. On "Solstice....The Girls (For Max & Xixi)" Vandermark's clarinet coolly saunters over a tapestry woven from repeated pizzicato, conversational toms and a koto-like line from prepared piano, while on the title cut the bassist's soliloquy straddles an open abstract collective, supplemented by drifting electronically modulated voices.

The only slight misstep comes in the episodic ballad "Glyph" with the jarring fade-in of scratchy sax and piano dialogue under Revis' reflective solo, but that's a small blemish on an otherwise beaming visage. In fact it's one of Revis' finest since the aforementioned City Of Asylum.

Track Listing: Eric Revis: bass; Ken Vandermark: tenor saxophone, clarinet; Kris Davis: piano; Chad Taylor: drums.

Personnel: Sing Me Some Cry; Good Company; Pt 44; Solstice....The Girls (For Max & Xixi); Obliogo; Rye Eclipse; Rumples; Drunkard’s Lullaby; Glyph.

Title: Sing Me Some Cry | Year Released: 2017 | Record Label: Clean Feed


comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Alleviation CD/LP/Track Review Alleviation
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Last Minute Panic CD/LP/Track Review Last Minute Panic
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Murphy CD/LP/Track Review Murphy
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Haberdashery CD/LP/Track Review Haberdashery
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Song of the Silver Geese CD/LP/Track Review Song of the Silver Geese
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 18, 2017
Read Live at Kolarac CD/LP/Track Review Live at Kolarac
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: December 18, 2017
Read "WAHOO!" CD/LP/Track Review WAHOO!
by Greg Simmons
Published: February 13, 2017
Read "Jersey" CD/LP/Track Review Jersey
by Geno Thackara
Published: September 22, 2017
Read "Blooming Tall Phlox" CD/LP/Track Review Blooming Tall Phlox
by Mark Sullivan
Published: January 23, 2017
Read "The Elements" CD/LP/Track Review The Elements
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: August 25, 2017
Read "Manhattan EP" CD/LP/Track Review Manhattan EP
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 2, 2017
Read "Presence" CD/LP/Track Review Presence
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: June 13, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!