Thursday, May 2, 2013

Eric Revis' II:II, Parallax

Bassist Eric Revis and his II:II group sure stepped in something good when they got into the studio and recorded the album Parallax (Clean Feed 266). Maybe there's almost no going wrong with a band that includes Revis, Nasheet Waits, Jason Moran and Ken Vandermark! But they do more than just get a session together here; they make a statement! There are a bunch of Revis originals that have historical depth yet are staunchly avant; there are some collective numbers; there are numbers by Vandermark and Attias; and a couple of classics: by Fats Waller and Jelly Roll Morton.

It all has real clout--the masters are in the house and they are playing like they mean it. Revis writes things you don't forget. Everybody plays their butts off. The couple of classics get a new wardrobe. Everything goes right!

Get this one. Don't hesitate.

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