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NPR Music Jazz Best of 2014 by Critics Poll

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

NPR Music is pleased to present a poll in which 140 jazz critics picked their favorite recordings of 2014.

For nine consecutive years, this poll has been a labor of love by eminent critic Francis Davis. It’s grown tremendously since he initially submitted the consensus of 30 writers to The Village Voice in 2006. Over the last month, print journalists, bloggers and broadcasters nominated more than 700 different albums. We’re thrilled to welcome his exhaustive project back to our site.

1. Steve Lehman: ‘Mise En Abîme’ (Pi)
2. Wadada Leo Smith: ‘The Great Lakes Suites’ (TUM Records)
3. Ambrose Akinmusire: ‘the imagined savior is far easier to paint’ (Blue Note)
4. Sonny Rollins: ‘Road Shows, Vol. 3’ (OKeh)
5. Mark Turner Quartet: ‘Lathe Of Heaven’ (ECM)
6. Marc Ribot Trio: ‘Live At The Village Vanguard’ (Pi)
7. Jason Moran: ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’ (Blue Note)
8. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: ‘Landmarks’ (Blue Note)
9. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland: ‘The Art Of Conversation’ (Impulse)
10. Jane Ira Bloom: ‘Sixteen Sunsets’ (Outline)*
11. Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music) 95 points (on 15  ballots)
12. The Bad Plus, The Rite of Spring (Sony Masterworks) 88.5 (15)
13. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Last Dance (ECM) 83 (14)
14 (tie). David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM) 80 (13)
14 (tie). Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi) 80 (13)
16. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet  Arts) 73.5 (9)
17. Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy (Stretch/Concord) 72 (10)
18. Fred Hersch Trio, Floating (Palmetto) 67 (12)
19. Jeff Ballard Trio, Time’s Travels (OKeh) 66 (12)
20. Vijay Iyer, Mutations (ECM) 64 (12)
21. Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara, Thumbscrew  (Cuneiform) 63.5 (14)
22. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer, Wiring (Intakt) 60.5 (10)
23. Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski, Gathering Call (Palmetto) 60 (12)
24. Aki Takase & Alexander von Schlippenbach, So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric  Dolphy (Intakt) 59.5 (9)
25. Billy Hart Quartet, One Is the Other (ECM) 59 (11)
26. Tom Harrell, Trip (HighNote) 56 (9)
CF29427. Eric Revis, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed) 53.5 (11)
28. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark) 53 (9)
29. The Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope (Mack Avenue) 52 (10)
30. Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Habitat (Justin Time) 52 (8)**
31. Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble, A Trumpet in the Morning (New World) 47  (7)***
32. Frank Kimbrough, Quartet (Palmetto) 45.5 (8)
33. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation (Pi) 44 (7)
34. Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Room (Mack Avenue) 43.5 (7)
35. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark) 43 (9)
36 (tie). Joshua Redman, Trios Live (Nonesuch) 43 (6)
36 (tie). Yosvany Terry, New Throned King (5Passion) 43 (6)
38. Avishai Cohen’s Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic) 42.5 (11)
39. James Brandon Lewis, Divine Travels (OKeh) 42 (10)
40. The Cookers, Time and Time Again (Motéma) 40.5 (9)
41. Darius Jones, The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity) 40.5 (5)
42. Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Viper’s Drag (Impulse!) 40 (8)
43. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin (←→) (Nonesuch) 40 (7)
44. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Jazz)  39.5 (9)
45. Farmers By Nature, Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity) 39 (11)
46. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Offense of the Drum  (Motéma) 38.5 (6)
47. Sean Jones im•pro•vise (never before seen) (Mack Avenue) 37 (6)
48. Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Present Joys (Greenleaf) 35 (7)
49. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform) 34.5 (7)
50. Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch) 34 (5)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2014/12/19/371282561/the-2014-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

Free Jazz Best of 2014

Albums of the Year – 2014
So another year and another 1500 albums considered for review (and that’s just the ones we actually added to the list!). Taking a quick look back: this year Julian, Matthew, Chris, Ed, Antonio, Stefan, Josh, and Hugo joined the review team and we recently welcomed Eyal and Alfonso – you’ll be seeing more of them soon. 2014 also saw Martin Schray bringing the Free Jazz Blog to the air on SWR2, public radio in southern Germany. His next show is on the 9th of January (stay tuned for more info on that!). Finally, thanks to all of you, we’re seeing upwards of 75,000 page views a month and have a growing subscriber base … all we can (and should) say is thank you everyone and keep listening!

And now here it is … our hotly anticipated top ten list of albums of the year, tallied and calculated from the collective’s personal top 10 album choices (listed below):

The Free Jazz Collective Top-10 albums of 2014
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1.Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme
2.Akira Sakata, Johan Berthling, Paal Nilssen-Love – Arashi
3.Jemeel Moondoc – The Zookeeper’s House
4.Angles 9 – Injuries (CF 303)
5.Audio One – An International Report
6.Farmers By Nature – Love and Ghosts
7.Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love Duo – Lightning Over Water
8.Marc Ribot Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard
9.Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suites
10.Jeremiah Cymerman – Pale Horse / Lotte Anker & Jakob Riis – Squid Police

Troy Dostert
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1.Steve Lehman Octet, Mise en Abîme
2.Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble – Trumpet in the Morning
3.Franco D’Andrea Sextet – Monk and the Time Machine
4.Kris Davis Trio – Waiting for You to Grow (CF 292)
5.Ivo Perelman – The Other Edge
6.Ken Vandermark/Paal Nilssen-Love Duo – Lightning Over Water
7.Peter Van Huffel – Boom Crane
8.Angles 9 – Injuries
9.Max Johnson – Invisible Trio
10.Audio One – An International Report

Julian Eidenberger
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1.Akira Sakata, Johan Berthling, Paal Nilssen-Love – Arashi
2.Kyle Bruckmann’s Wrack – … Awaits Silent Tristero’s Empire
3.Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme
4.Anthony Braxton, Tom Rainey, Tomas Fujiwara – Trio New Haven 2013
5.Audio One – An International Report
6.Many Arms with Colin Fisher – Suspended Definition
7.Lean Left – Live at Area Sismica
8.Joe Morris Quartet – Balance (CF 306)
9.Yoni Kretzmer, Pascal Niggenkemper, Weasel Walter – Protest Music
10.Wadada Leo Smith, Jamie Saft, Joe Morris, Balázs Pándi – Red Hill

Matthew Grigg
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1.Pharoah & the Underground – Spiral Mercury/Primative Jupiter (CF 300)
2.Audio One – An International Report/The Midwest School
3.Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble – Xenogenesis II: Intergalactic Beings
4.Nate Wooley, Hugo Antunes, Chris Corsano – Malus
5.Thurston Moore, Gabriel Ferrandini, Pedro Sousa – Live at ZDB (SHH 010)
6.Peter Evans Quintet – Destination:Void
7.Broetzmann, Adasiewicz, Edwards, Noble – Mental Shake
8.Roscoe Mitchell/Mike Reed – In Pursuit of Magic
9.Jason Ajemain, Tony Malaby, Rob Mazurek, Chad Taylor – A Way A Land of Life
10.Marc Ribot Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard

Chris Haines
CF306CF295  CF2941.Joe Morris Quartet – Balance (CF 306)
2.Sei Miguel – Salvation Modes (CF 295)
3.Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (CF 294)
4.Jakob Thorkild Trio – Art Sleaze
5.Tisziji Munoz – Star Worlds
6.Ken Aldcroft – Threads 10/09/11
7.Marc Ribot – Live at the Village Vanguard
8.Andymusic – Heavydance
9.Tomas Fujiwara Trio – Variable Bets
10.Tellef Ogrim & Anders Berg – November

Antonio Poscic
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1.Wadada Leo Smith – The Great Lakes Suites
2.Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abîme
3.DKV Trio – Sound in Motion in Sound
4.Farmers By Nature – Love and Ghosts
5.Lotte Anker & Jakob Riis – Squid Police
6.Jeremiah Cymerman – Pale Horse
7.Angles 9 – Injuries (CF 303)
8.Tyshawn Sorey Trio – Alloy
9.Zion 80 – Adramelech: Book of Angels, Vol. 22
10.Jemeel Moondoc – The Zookeeper’s House

Dan Sorrells
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1.Daunik Lazro, Benjamin Duboc, Didier Lassere – Sens Radiants
2.Wacław Zimpel To Tu Orchestra – Nature Moves
3.Benjamin Duboc – St. James Infirmary
4.Zanussi Five – Live in Coimbra (CF 314)
5.Angles 9 – Injuries (CF 303)
6.Max Johnson, Ingrid Laubrock, Mat Maneri, Tomas Fujiwara – The Prisoner
7.Keir Neuringer – Ceremonies Out of the Air
8.Jeremiah Cymerman, Evan Parker, Nate Wooley – World of Objects
9.RED Trio & Mattias Ståhl – North and the Red Stream
10.Michael Francis Duch – Tomba Emmanuelle

Hugo Truyens
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1.De Beren Gieren & Susana Santos Silva – The Detour Fish (CF 317)
2.1000 + 1 – Butterfly Garden
3.East of the Sun – ICP Orchestra
4.Os Meus Shorts – Os Meus Shorts II
5.Sylvain Rifflet & Jon Irabagon – Perpetual Motion (A Celebration of Moondog)
6.Baloni – Belleke (CF 305)
7.Ideal Bread Beating The Teens – Songs Of Steve Lacy
8.Franco D’Andrea Sextet – Monk and the Time Machine
9.Marc Ribot Trio – Live at the Village Vanguard
10.Sylvie Courvoisier – Mark Feldman Quartet Birdies for Lulu

http://www.freejazzblog.org/2014/12/albums-of-year-2014.html

Tom Hull – On The Web Best of 2014 list by Tom Hull

The Best Jazz Albums of 2014

1.Steve Lehman Octet: Mise en Abîme (Pi)
2.Duduvudu: The Gospel According to Dudu Pukwana (Edgetone)
3.Paul Shapiro: Shofarot Verses (Tzadik)
4.Revolutionary Snake Ensemble: Live Snakes (Accurate)
5.Digital Primitives: Lipsomuch/Soul Searchin’ (Hopscotch, 2CD)

CF3136.Velkro: Don’t Wait for the Revolution (Clean Feed)
7.Ivo Perelman: The Other Edge (Leo)
8.Rent Romus’ Life’s Blood Ensemble: Cimmerian Crossroads (Edgetone)


CF 2929.Kris Davis Trio: Waiting for You to Grow (Clean Feed)
10.Craig Handy: Craig Handy & 2nd Line Smith (Okeh)
11.Allen Lowe: Mulatto Radio: Field Recordings: 1-4 (Constant Sorrow, 4CD)
12.Farmers by Nature: Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity, 2CD)
13.Waclaw Zimpel To Tu Orchestra: Nature Moves (Fortune)
14.Jonas Kullhammar: Gentlemen (2014, Moserobie)
15.Regina Carter: Southern Comfort (Sony Masterworks)

CF 29316.Jonas Kullhammar/Torbjörn Zetterberg/Espen Aalberg: Basement Sessions Vol. 2 (Clean Feed)
17.Rich Halley 4: The Wisdom of Rocks (Pine Eagle)
18.Ben Flocks: Battle Mountain (self-released)
19.Peter Van Huffel/Michael Bates/Jeff Davis: Boom Crane (Fresh Sound New Talent)
20.John Hollenbeck/Alban Darche/Sébastien Boisseau/Samuel Blaser: JASS (Yolk)
21.Barbara Morrison: I Love You, Yes I Do (Savant)
22.Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara: Thumbscrew (Cuneiform)
23.Jon Lundbom & Big Five Chord: Liverevil (Hot Cup, 2CD)
24.Bobby Avey: Authority Melts From Me (Whirlwind)
25.Wadada Leo Smith/Jamie Saft/Joe Morris/Balasz Pandi: Red Hill (Rare Noise)
26.Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Shape of Doomjazz to Come/Saxophone Giganticus (RareNoise)
27.Dave Douglas/Chet Doxas/Steve Swallow/Jim Doxas: Riverside (Greenleaf Music)
28.François Carrier/Michel Lambert/Alexey Lapin: The Russian Concerts (FMR)
29.Joachim Kühn/Alexey Kruglov: Duo Art: Moscow (ACT)
30.Tom Rainey: Obbligato (Intakt)
31.Catherine Russell: Bring It Back (Jazz Village)
32.Michael Blake: Tiddy Boom (2014, Sunnyside)
33.Anne Waldman: Jaguar Harmonics (Fast Speaking Music)
CF29434.Eric Revis: In Memory of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed)
35.Jason Ajemian: Folklords (Delmark)
36.Sonny Simmons/Delphine Latil/Thomas Bellier: Beyond the Planets (Improvising Beings, 2CD)
37.The Mark Lomax Trio: Isis & Osiris (Inarhyme)

CF29738.Rodrigo Amado: Wire Quartet (Clean Feed)
39.The Core Trio: The Core Trio With Matthew Shipp (self-released)
40.Mike DiRubbo: Threshold (Ksanti)
41.Michael Griener/Rudi Mahall/Jan Roder/Christof Thewes: Squakk: Willisau & Berlin (Intakt)

CF30742.Adam Lane’s Full Throttle Orchestra: Live in Ljubljana (Clean Feed)
43.Sonny Rollins: Road Shows: Volume 3 (2001-12, Okeh)
44.Marlene VerPlanck: I Give Up, I’m in Love (Audiophile)
45.Ivo Perelman/Karl Berger: Reverie (Leo)
46.The Microscopic Septet: Manhattan Moonrise (Cuneiform)
47.Audio One: An International Report (Audiographic)
48.Billy Bang/William Parker: Medicine Buddha (2009 [2014], NoBusiness)
49.The Young Mothers: A Mothers Work Is Never Done (Tektite)
50.Kali Z. Fasteau: Piano Rapture (Flying Note)
51.Andy Biskin Ibid: Act Necessary (Strudelmedia)
52.William Hooker & Liudas Mockunas: Live at the Vilnius Jazz Festival (NoBusiness)

CF31453.Zanussi 5: Live in Coimbra (Clean Feed)
54.Marcin Wasilewski Trio w/Joakim Milder: Spark of Life (ECM)
55.Ezra Weiss Sextet: Before You Know It: Live in Portland (Roark)
56.Assif Tsahar/Gerry Hemingway/Mark Dresser: Code Re(a)d (Hopscotch)
57.Noah Preminger: Background Music (Fresh Sound New Talent)
58.Richard Galliano: Sentimentale (Resonance)
CF309CD59.Cortex: Live! (Clean Feed)
60.Greg Abate Quartet: Motif (Whaling City Sound)
61.Sam Newsome: The Straight Horn of Africa: A Path to Liberation [The Art of the Soprano, Vol. 2] (self-released)
62.Vijay Iyer: Mutations (ECM)
63.Dave Burrell/Steve Swell: Turning Point NoBusiness)
64.Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suites (TUM, 2CD)
65.Lajos Dudas Quartet: Live at Salzburger Jazzherbst (Jazz Sick -13)
CF312CD66.Luis Lopes Lisbon Berlin Trio: The Line (Clean Feed)
67.Moskus: Mestertyven (Hubro)
68.James Brandon Lewis: Divine Travels (Okeh)

http://tomhull.com/ocston/nm/notes/eoyjazz-14.php

The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll

1. Steve Lehman: ‘Mise En Abîme’ (Pi)
2. Wadada Leo Smith: ‘The Great Lakes Suites’ (TUM Records)
3. Ambrose Akinmusire: ‘the imagined savior is far easier to paint’ (Blue Note)
4. Sonny Rollins: ‘Road Shows, Vol. 3’ (OKeh)
5. Mark Turner Quartet: ‘Lathe Of Heaven’ (ECM)
6. Marc Ribot Trio: ‘Live At The Village Vanguard’ (Pi)
7. Jason Moran: ‘All Rise: A Joyful Elegy For Fats Waller’ (Blue Note)
8. Brian Blade & The Fellowship Band: ‘Landmarks’ (Blue Note)
9. Kenny Barron & Dave Holland: ‘The Art Of Conversation’ (Impulse)
10. Jane Ira Bloom: ‘Sixteen Sunsets’ (Outline)* 95.5 points, on 15 ballots.

The Rest Of The Top 50

11. Miguel Zenón, Identities Are Changeable (Miel Music)
12. The Bad Plus, The Rite of Spring (Sony Masterworks)
13. Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Last Dance (ECM)
14 (tie). David Virelles, Mbókò (ECM)
14 (tie). Tyshawn Sorey, Alloy (Pi)
16. Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Over Time: The Music of Bob Brookmeyer (Planet Arts)
17. Chick Corea Trio, Trilogy (Stretch/Concord)
18. Fred Hersch Trio, Floating (Palmetto)
19. Jeff Ballard Trio, Time’s Travels (OKeh)
20. Vijay Iyer, Mutations (ECM)
21. Mary Halvorson/Michael Formanek/Tomas Fujiwara, Thumbscrew (Cuneiform)
22. Trio 3 & Vijay Iyer, Wiring (Intakt)
23. Matt Wilson Quartet + John Medeski, Gathering Call (Palmetto)
24. Aki Takase & Alexander von Schlippenbach, So Long, Eric! Homage to Eric Dolphy (Intakt)
25. Billy Hart Quartet, One Is the Other (ECM)
26. Tom Harrell, Trip (HighNote)
CF29427. Eric Revis, In Memory Of Things Yet Seen (Clean Feed)
28. Jason Roebke Octet, High/Red/Center (Delmark)
29. The Nels Cline Singers, Macroscope (Mack Avenue)
30. Christine Jensen Jazz Orchestra, Habitat (Justin Time)
31. Marty Ehrlich Large Ensemble, A Trumpet in the Morning (New World)
32. Frank Kimbrough, Quartet (Palmetto)
33. Hafez Modirzadeh, In Convergence Liberation (Pi)
34. Nels Cline & Julian Lage, Room (Mack Avenue)
35. Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms, From the Region (Delmark)
36 (tie). Joshua Redman, Trios Live (Nonesuch)
36 (tie). Yosvany Terry, New Throned King (5Passion)
38. Avishai Cohen’s Triveni, Dark Nights (Anzic)
39. James Brandon Lewis, Divine Travels (OKeh)
40. The Cookers, Time and Time Again (Motéma)
41. Darius Jones, The Oversoul Manual (AUM Fidelity)
42. Henry Butler, Steven Bernstein, Viper’s Drag (Impulse!)
43. Pat Metheny Unity Group, Kin (←→) (Nonesuch)
44. Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio, Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio (Concord Jazz)
45. Farmers By Nature, Love and Ghosts (AUM Fidelity)
46. Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra. The Offense of the Drum (Motéma)
47. Sean Jones im•pro•vise (never before seen) (Mack Avenue)
48. Dave Douglas & Uri Caine, Present Joys (Greenleaf)
49. Ideal Bread, Beating the Teens: Songs of Steve Lacy (Cuneiform)
50. Mary Halvorson, Reverse Blue (Relative Pitch)

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ablogsupreme/2014/12/19/371282561/the-2014-npr-music-jazz-critics-poll

All About Jazz Italia review by Vincenzo Roggero

CF294Eric Revis Quartet – In Memory of Things Yet Seen (CF 294)
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Nel corso degli anni la figura artistica di Eric Revis—giunto alla ribalta delle cronache jazzistiche per la lunga permanenza nel quartetto di Branford Marsalis, qui presente in due brani—è andata acquisendo i contorni di musicista che, pur senza la pretesa di cambiare le sorti del jazz, ne è diventato esponente di spicco, dalla consistente vena creativa e dal solido pensiero.

Testimonianza significativa di questa crescita, nel ruolo di leader come di interessante compositore, sono senza dubbio le incisioni per la portoghese Clean Feed. Dapprima il quartetto di Parallax, in equilibrio tra il modern jazz più innovativo—Jason Moran- ed il free aggiornato—Ken Vandermark -, poi il sorprendente piano trio di City of Asylum, con Andrew Cyrille e Kris Davis, infine ancora un quartetto, ma con un secondo sax a sostituire il pianoforte, per questo In Memory of Things Yet Seen…

http://italia.allaboutjazz.com/eric-revis-quartet-in-memory-of-things-yet-seen/

El Intruso review by Esteban Arizpe Castañeda

CF 294Eric Revis Quartet: In Memory of Things Yet Seen (CF 294)
Calificación: Está muy bien
El contrabajista y compositor Eric Revis es uno de los músicos de jazz más consolidados de la actualidad. En su carrera ha transitado muchos caminos y exploró muchas rutas pero nunca defrauda. Las amplias e incluyentes aspiraciones musicales que lo guían no están a extramuros de las ciudadelas de la vanguardia ni del mainstream sino que se ubican integradas a ese infinito e inabarcable universo musical al que llamamos jazz.
El nombre de Eric Revis aparece asociado de manera indeleble al saxofonista Branford Marsalis (a quien acompañó en los álbumes Requiem de 1999, Contemporary Jazz de 2000, Footsteps of Our Father’s en 2002, Romare Bearden Revisited de 2003, Eternal en 2004, Braggtown de 2006, Metamorphosen en 2009 y Four Mf’s Playin Tunes de 2012); pero también su currículo documenta contribuciones a favor de Jeff “Tain” Watts (en Citizen Tain de 1999, Bar Talk en 2002 y Detained de 2004), Avram Fefer (Calling All Spirits en 2001, Ritual en 2009 y Eliyahu de 2011), Steve Coleman and Five Elements (Weaving Symbolics de 2006), Russell Gunn (Gunn Fu en 1997, Love Requiem de 1999, Smokin’ Gunn de 2000 y Blues on the DL en 2002) y Kurt Rosenwinkel (Star of Jupiter de 2012), entre otros.

En épocas recientes, el eje de la propuesta musical de Revis se ha venido declarando en el liderazgo del tróo Tarbaby (junto al baterista Nasheet Waits y el pianista Orrin Evans) y en su discografía como solista que incluye a los álbumes Tales of the Stuttering Mime de 2004, Laughter’s Necklace of Tears en 2008, Parallax de 2012 y City of Asylum en 2013.

La mirada hacia la tradición siempre presente en la propuesta de Revis no adolece de una pérdida de confianza en lo propio, no pretende llevarnos de visita al museo del jazz ni se abastece de la mañosa idea de que todo tiempo pasado fue mejor. La veneración a las leyendas del jazz han hecho tropezar a más de un músico llevándolo a caer en la mera emulación de la historia o en la tentación de repetir, una y otra vez, sin variaciones ni cuestionamientos lo ya acontecido. En cambio, Eric Revis parece no perder de vista en ningún momento que el común denominador de la tradición jazzista es su inmutable pensamiento de avanzada y una mirada siempre puesta en dirección a nuevos horizontes. De allí, quizás, que su música pueda reverenciar al pasado y sonar con sorprendente vitalidad.

En In Memory of ThingsYet Seen asoman referencias explicitas a Ornette Coleman (en especial a su cuarteto sin piano de fines de los sesenta que integró junto a Dewey Redman, Jimmy Garrison y Elvin Jones, con el que grabó Love Call) y también al cuarteto de Dave Holland del álbum Conference of the Birds de 1973 (con Anthony Braxton, Sam Rivers y Barry Altschul); pero esto no va en detrimento alguno de la propia identidad del proyecto.

Algo que consolida y vigoriza a este trabajo de Eric Revis es que en todo momento luce como un líder ecuánime -tanto en la distribución de los espacios asignados a los solistas como en la posibilidad de que cada uno de ellos aporte a este álbum sus propias composiciones- y con la suficiente inteligencia para hacer que esas contribuciones formen parte de un lenguaje musical homogéneo y uniforme.

El álbum incluye cinco composiciones de Eric Revis: la suiteThe Tulpa Chronicles dividida en tres partes (The Tulpa Chronicles, Pt. II… Ephemeral Canvas y Pt. III… For Cordel “Boogie” Mosson), el sórdido clima y la expectante tensión de Son Seals y los cambiantes impulsos “colemanianos” de Somethin’s Cookin’.

Bill McHenry aporta los difusos perfiles de la balada 3 Voices y los aires de lamento de If You’re Lonesome Then You’re Not Alone; Chad Taylor hace lo propio con las luminosas cadencias de A Lesson Learned y Darius Jones contribuye con la exquisita línea melódica de Hold My Snow Cone.

La placa incluye además una encendida versión del tema de Sun Ra The Shadow World, que recrea el espíritu futurista de su autor, y dos improvisaciones colectivas: Hits (con un brillante solo en contrabajo a cargo de Revis y un duelo entre el saxo alto de Darius Jones y el tenor de Bill McHenry para el infarto) y FreeB, este último con participación especial de Branford Marsalis en saxo tenor.
In Memory of Things Yet Seen tal vez no sea para sacar el champán de la nevera ni producirá detonaciones capaces de desarticular el mundo tal como lo conocemos; pero ofrece una ejemplar convivencia entre la tradición y la avanzada con composiciones bien delineadas y mejor interpretadas que le permiten a Eric Revis ratificar sus credenciales como una de las voces más destacadas del jazz actual.
http://elintruso.com/2014/04/09/eric-revis-quartet-in-memory-of-things-yet-seen/

Music and More review by Tim Niland

CF 294Eric Revis – In Memory of Things Yet Unseen (CF 294)
Bassist Eric Revis is one of the leading lights of modern jazz, able to walk between the mainstream and the avant-garde at will. This lineup proves it, with Revis on bass, Chad Taylor on drums and vibraphone, Bill McHenry on tenor saxophone and Darius Jones on alto saxophone. The music is quite remarkable, an example of which is the extraordinary free-blues of “Son Seals” presumably dedicated to the great Chicago bluesman. McHenry and Jones make for an excellent front line: McHenry has a lighter tone, while Jones has a rough and ready and occasionally caustic manner on his instrument. The open ended nature of the music gives them a lot of opportunity to express themselves, such as on “Somethings Cooking” and “Unknown” where the saxophones swirl and intertwine like a helix, moving from solos to harmonizing at will. Revis and Taylor are as impressive as the saxophone players, with the bassist grounded able to solo and support at a whim. Taylor is the same way, adding shifting rhythms and patterns that allow the music to move in any possible dimensions. The excitement of the music builds to a high level of energy full band power and solo excitement. I think this may well be one of the finest albums of the year to date.

http://jazzandblues.blogspot.pt/