Eric Revis Quartet
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Center
“[A] mix of familiarity and the unknown…” – DownBeat
When you’ve been accompanying Branford Marsalis on bass for the better part of twenty years, you’re bound to become adept at facilitating a collective vision, but as a bandleader Eric Revis branches out with an improvisational touch and thematically broad compositions. His music is akin to his bass tone: deep, rich and woody with a flawless execution, no doubt honed by those many years with Marsalis and others, such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and McCoy Tyner. Revis’ playing is personal and distinctive while his skills as a bandleader and composer are equally profound and inspiring.
Coming up playing with the likes of Betty Carter, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Rosenwinkel and Steve Coleman, Revis has become one of the most accomplished players throughout the many disciplines of contemporary jazz. A West Coast native who studied in New Orleans, he has been playing in Marsalis’ quartet since 1997. The wider recognition from that gig led to his 2004 debut as a leader, Tales of the Stuttering Mime, which introduced, to a wider audience, his remarkable range as a musician, composer and bandleader.
As Revis puts it, “Tales of the Stuttering Mime was an amalgam of songs I’d been composing for quite some time…it required that I use various band configurations on almost every tune, which was great in that I had a very real connection to all of the musicians involved.” With that broad starting point, Revis’ output as a bandleader has gradually been honed down to a core group of musicians.
His recent Parallax album is improvisationally broad, approached with a spirit of inclusion and exploration. It’s a true document of the bassist’s growth as a leader. A musical polyglot, Revis sounds at home in a myriad of settings, and with saxophonists Darius Jones and Bill McHenry, along with drummer Ted Poor rounding out his quartet, this project proves no exception.
Eric Revis Quartet
DATE: Thursday, October 30, 2014
VENUE: Kuumbwa Jazz Center
ADDRESS: 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:00 PM
PRICE: $22/Adv $27/Door
TICKETS: Logos Books & Records, 1117 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz (831) 427-5100 and online at: http://kuumbwajazz.org
MORE INFO: http://kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-222
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