The new recording, "Thank You For Coming to Life", features his working Quartet of JP Schlegelmilch (piano), Noah Garabedian (bass), and Satoshi Takeishi (drums). Actually, listening to the material Warren has supplied his ensemble with, let's call this unit his "playing" band. Longtime friend and schoolmate Schlegelmilch plays here with great power as well as with subtlety, helping to frame the compositions. Hearing Takeishi drive the band is such a treat as it gives Garabedian room to move, to follow the pianist or play off what the soloist is doing. The material is multidirectional, the songs episodic, with plenty of room for the players to stretch out, and the joy is they never outstay their welcome.
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Here's the Quartet in action with the opening track:
"Sing Me Some Cry" keeps the listener alert, paying attention because one is never quite sure where this music will. Four master musicians, master improvisors, all doing their best to create a unified statement through the ever-maturing music of Eric Revis. Unified yes, yet exploratory as well, melodic and rhythmically rich, this album is a keeper!
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Here's "Rumples" - hold on to your speakers!
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Give a listen: