Vision Festival
by John Sharpe

In a repeat of their feat at this year’s Winter Jazz Fest, the cooperative trio of pianist Kris Davis, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Andrew Cyrille once again generated the biggest buzz. Demonstrating a telepathic rapport, which translated into emphatic and playful syncopated complexity, the threesome forged waves of dazzling crescendos, alternating tension and occasional release. Davis drew her inspiration as much from minimalism as from Cecil Taylor, often maintaining a percussive ringing tremolo while chording strongly with her left hand. Revis reveled in a nimble-fingered tour de force while Cyrille was both elegant and imperious. Their knotty improvisations garnered a standing ovation for a performance conjuring subtlety and cohesion from thin air.

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