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Often called New York's first-call bassist, Eric Revis has built a distinguished career as a session player and bandleader. He is known most for his work with the Branford Marsalis Quartet and the trio Tarbaby, which he "tri-leads" with Orrin Evans and Nasheet Waits.
For the Eric Revis Quartet, he has assembled an impressive lineup, featuring saxophonists Darius Jones and Bill McHenry, and drummer extraordinaire Chad Taylor. Among the words used to describe their recent release, In Memory of Things Yet Seen, in All About Jazz, were "formidable," "ballsy," and "hard-hitting," as well as "swarming, episodic freestyle dialogues, perky bop fabrications and exploratory ruminations."
Born in Los Angeles, Revis began playing bass at age 13. When he later moved with his family to San Antonio, he played in an alternative rock band, but soon discovered a connection to jazz. "Jazz just kind of stuck," he told Jazz Times in a recent interview. A bandmate from the alternative rock band he played in had a large record collection and would frequently loan Revis recordings. "He wasn't separating the music by style; Miles Davis and Kenny Dorham came along with Ornette Coleman and the AACM. I really identified with everything," he recalled.
Graduating from the University of New Orleans (in Ellis Marsalis' program), Revis moved to New York in 1993 and soon began playing with the legendary jazz vocalist Betty Carter. In 1997, he joined the Branford Marsalis Quartet, of which he is still a member, and quickly gained a reputation for his powerful approach to playing the bass. "He plays with a certain kind of physical authority you don't find very often," Branford Marsalis told Jazz Times.
Since moving to Seattle in 2010, improvising saxophonist and woodwind teacher Kate Olson is fast becoming a mainstay on the local jazz and improvised music circuit. She can be heard performing with her own projects Syrinx Effect, KO SOLO, and the KO Ensemble, and as a collaborator with the Seattle Rock Orchestra, the Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble, the Seattle Jazz Composer's Ensemble and multiple other groups. In addition to Olson, the sextet comprises Sam Boshnack on trumpet, Chris Credit on tenor sax, Geoff Harper on bass, Tim Kennedy on keyboards, and Eric Eagle on drums.
Photo by Emra Islek.
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