Kris Davis has quickly established a reputation for cutting-edge music, both as an imaginative pianist and as a young visionary composer. An artist exploring the balance between improvisation and composition, her writing and pianistic prowess have been described as 'adventurous' and 'refreshing'. The Jazz Times calls her compositions carefully drawn but explosive and The Hartford Courant refers to the success of her quartet as Abstract but spirited, the quartet is running conversation-sometimes rooted in two, three or four overlapping voices-explores a wide range of colors, textures and emotional moods from turbulence to serenity.
Hereby her newest Fresh Sound release and third recording as a leader, Rye Eclipse, features Davis long standing quartet with Tony Malaby, Eivind Opsvik and Jeff Davis. Composed for the 2007 Canadian festival tour, the quartet premiered the works in five different festivals across Canada. This set reflects the trust this group has developed from performing together for so many years, making this recording an exciting and edgy listening experience.
All compositions by Kris Davis, except #8 by Kris Davis, Tony Malaby, Eivind Opsvik, and Jeff Davis
Kris Davis (piano), Tony Malaby (tenor sax), Eivind Opsvik (bass), Jeff Davis (drums).
Recorded at Systems Two Recording Studios, Brooklyn, New York, June 28, 2007
Engineered & mixed by Joe Marciano
Mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios
Photography: Barb & Dave Sparrow, Vanvouver
Artwork: Madeline Sturm
Produced by Kris Davis
Executive producer: Jordi Pujol
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas, S.L.
"Rye Eclipse" is the documentation of seven pieces composed by Kris Davis for the 2007 Canadian Festival tour. The quartet premiered these compositions at the Vancouver, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton Jazz Festivals, the L'Off Festival in Montreal and at Array Music in Toronto.