Eric Revis – “Sing Me Some Cry” (Clean Feed, 2017)

“Sing Me Some Cry” – it’s one of the newest albums released by “Clean Feed Records” this month. This album had been recorded by a group of creative and talented avant-garde jazz musicians – Eric Revis (double bass), Ken Vandermark (tenor saxophone and clarinet), Kris Davis (piano) and Chad Taylor (drums). All these musicians have original and unique playing and improvising style. Their improvisations are full of strange and peculiar sounds, innovative musical experiments, special sound effects, extended playing techniques and other music elements. As a quartet, these musicians had been improvising many times in the past. Even though these four musicians are absolutely different from each other, their improvisations combine together masterfully and organic.

The album has 9 compositions. All of them are different from each other and full of various music styles elements. Repetitive rhythmic and melodic elements, memorable and expressive melodies, the high variety of virtuosic elements, energetic, dynamic and rigorous collective improvisations – these are the main elements of album improvisations. The main part of improvisations are based on avant-garde jazz elements. Sharp, loudly and rigorous various instruments solos, the high variety of virtuosic elements, colorful instrumentation and harmony make an effort to original and interesting sound. After loud and sharp episodes there suddenly comes silent and and soft solos with memorable and subtle melodies, static rhythmic and other music elements. The difference between these contrastic episodes are heard very brightly especially in last composition of the album “Glyph”. As it was written before, these compositions are full of various music styles. Avant-garde jazz elements are combined with modern and traditional jazz styles, blues, contemporary academical music, academic avant-garde, minimalism and other contemporary music styles. All these different music styles are masterfully combined together in one composition. High variety of contrastic music elements, innovative musical experiments, extended playing techniques and masterful improvising of musicians make an effort to original and interesting sound of this album.

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