Rave Tesar: The Vision

Track

The Vision

Artist

Rave Tesar (piano)

CD

You Decide (Tesar Music LLC)

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Musicians:

Rave Tesar (piano),

Kermit Driscoll (bass), Bill Tesar (drums)

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Composed by Rave Tesar

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Recorded: New York, April 15-16, 2007

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Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

When reviewing the endless stream of self-promoted new jazz releases, it's always rewarding to discover some previously unknown (at least to this reviewer) deserving talent. In You Decide, we have such a noteworthy event. Rave Tesar is joined by his brother Bill on drums and bassist Kermit Driscoll for this straight-ahead album of all-original material. Together these three make some beautifully thought-out and wonderfully executed music. Rave is apparently the trio's driving force, and his compositions are both interesting and kinetic. His playing is reminiscent of the underappreciated but extremely original Steve Kuhn. Tesar commands the entire keyboard. His sound has a classical flavor with a rhythmically driven core. He is firmly footed in the mainstream here, but with a difference. After carefully building tension through cascading keyboard work, he deftly releases it with dancingly lyrical lines, ably backed by brother Bill's driving drum and cymbal work and Driscoll's relentless bass. Driscoll also registers a nicely impassioned bass solo The group has a wonderful sense of synchronicity, and their music rewards repeated listening.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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