How can thick slabs of sound be moved with enough agility to not only bolster but uplift the ornery tenor action of both Branford Marsalis and Peter Boltzmann? Gonna have to ask this superb bassist, who's been a longtime lynchpin of Steepy's squad and recently began terrorizing audiences with the German maestro. Working as his own boss these days, Revis offers us a clearer view of his esthetic; it's a bit polyglot, and all the more intriguing for it. Meaning, I wouldn't have dreamed up a cast that features both reed whirlwind Ken Vandermark and pianist provocateur Jason Moran, but it sure sounds sweet.
Fri., Aug. 28, 9 & 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 29, 9 & 10:30 p.m., 2009