Thursday, May 2, 2013
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.