Slipknots Through a Looking Glass Eric Revis

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Label: Pyroclastic Records

Genre: Jazz

Subgenre: Avantgarde Jazz

Artist: Eric Revis

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  • 1Baby Renfro04:59
  • 2SpÆ04:47
  • 3Earl & the Three-Fifths Compromise07:14
  • 4Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, Pt. 102:21
  • 5Shutter04:43
  • 6ProByte06:19
  • 7Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, Pt. 201:28
  • 8House of Leaves07:07
  • 9When I Become Nothing03:30
  • 10Vimen11:33
  • 11Slipknots Through a Looking Glass, Pt. 303:10
  • Total Runtime57:11

Info for Slipknots Through a Looking Glass

Poised to challenge those limited views of Revis’ expression, Slipknots Through a Looking Glass — his eighth solo-led album, and first release on Pyroclastic Records — explores new territory alongside familiar travelers: drummer Chad Taylor, pianist Kris Davis and saxophone masters Darius Jones and Bill McHenry. “The band is kind of an amalgam of groups I’ve previously recorded with,” says Revis, who sought to combine the energies of various project iterations on a single record.

Heralded by critics as “powerful,” “raw” and “fierce,” Revis’ playing frequently becomes mischaracterized by way of omission. While he plays and composes with master-level intensity, the intrinsic vulnerability present in any form of experimenting — and deeply present in Revis’ artistry — rarely yields recognition among music writers. “I don’t mind those kinds of descriptions or monikers,” he says, “but not when it’s at the negation of everything else. There may be an air of robustness around my music, but there is a lot of sensitivity and intellectual content.”

"Much of Slipknots is emotionally chaotic. “Shutter,” for instance, is a speedboat on the high seas. Its elongated saxophone melody cuts through a frenzied pianistic chop, building toward a scream. And then, all at once, an anxious silence. “When I Become Nothing,” with its existential title and saxophonists Darius Jones and Bill McHenry’s unison moaning, is a despairing ballad. In the song’s final 30 seconds, high staccato piano and brushes lift the mood. Every track across Slipknots conjures up dynamic scenes in the mind’s eye, tethering a well-honed sense for free improvisation and interplay to a profound emotional epic." (Alexa Peters, DownBeat)

Bill McHenry, tenor saxophone
Eric Revis, bass
Darius Jones,alto saxophone
Kris Davis, piano
Chad Taylor, drums, Mbria
Justin Faulkner, drums (tracks 1, 3)

Recorded at The Samurai Hotel, NYC, July 2019
Mixed at Saint’s Place, Kinnelon, NJ, February 2020
Recorded & Mixed by Ron Saint Germain, except Track 2 by Paul Bryan
Mastered by Katsuhiko Naito Executive Producer: Kris Davis
Produced by Eric Revis

Eric Revis
One of the most talented and accomplished musicians of his generation, Grammy Award-winning bassist and composer Eric Revis has firmly established himself as an important voice in jazz. Branford Marsalis states, “Eric’s sound is the sound of doom; big, thick, percussive.” Scores of musicians across various disciplines agree. Revis has performed and recorded with Betty Carter, Peter Brötzmann, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Steve Coleman, Ralph Peterson, Lionel Hampton, McCoy Tyner, Andrew Cyrille, and Tarbaby, the experimental trio he tri-leads with Orrin Evans and Nasheet Waits, as well as another trio, Options, also with Waits, and Bennie Maupin.

Manning the bass chair with Branford Marsalis’s powerfully flexible quartet since 1997, Revis has recorded eight albums with the ensemble in addition to touring the globe with them many times over. Revis has also recorded eight brilliant albums as a leader including 2004’s Tales of the Stuttering Mime and 2009’s ​Laughter’s Necklace of Tears both of which reveal his impressive range as a musician and composer. These were followed by five back-to-back releases on the Lisbon-based label Clean Feed: ​Parallax (2012 with Ken Vandermark, Jason Moran, and Nasheet Waits), ​City of Asylum ​(2013 with Kris Davis and Andrew Cyrille), ​In Memory of Things Yet Seen (2014 with Bill McHenry, Darius Jones, and Chad Taylor), ​Crowded Solitudes (2016 with Kris Davis and Gerald Cleaver), ​Sing Me Some Cry (2017 with Ken Vandermark, Kris Davis, and Chad Taylor). 2020 will see the release of a quintet recording led by Revis and bringing together frequent collaborators Bill McHenry, Darius Jones, Kris Davis, and Chad Taylor to be released on Ms. Davis’s Pyroclastic Records.

Regular festival and club appearances in Europe and North America with his own ensembles include an appearance at the 2016 Newport Jazz Festival where Revis was commissioned by George Wein to write a new piece for his last year as producer of the legendary festival. Revis has also been heard with the late, great trumpeter Tomasz Stańko and in innovative duo settings with pianists Davis and Orrin Evans. He has been a mentor to the next generation as part of the Kennedy Center’s “Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead”. Currently based in his native California, Revis is a frequent figure on the burgeoning creative music scene in Los Angeles at venues such as the Blue Whale and the Parker Room, including with his newly formed ensemble “Lancaster” featuring Jeff Parker, Guillermo Brown and Joshua White.

A recipient of a 2018 grant from the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Revis also received the 2017 inaugural Jazz Gallery Fellowship which included a residency at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. In 2017 Revis was named “Rising Star” bassist by the Downbeat Critics Poll. He has also been the subject of recent feature articles in​ Downbeat​ and the ​Chicago Reader.​

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