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Mysteries Of The Revolution is a London-based keyboards-led power trio, founded by composer/multi-instrumentalist BB Davis (born September 21, 1962). His previous Project, Red Orchidstra, with French virtuoso keyboardist Daniel Biro, has already produced one of the all time groove classics their version of Roy Budd's theme from the seminal '70's gangster movie "Get Carter!" . This time he has founded Mysteries Of The Revolution - a three piece with BB on drums, flute, beatvox/voice ,Dan Biro, keyboards, and Mark Smith, bass. A new eponymous album has been recorded fall 2007.

The arrangements are dominated by Davis' co-composer and multi-keyboardist, Dan Biro, on cranked-up, multi-layered Hammond, acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes and supporting cast of other keyboards.

MOTR cite the early-to-mid 1970s electric fusion of trumpeter Miles Davis, keyboard players Herbie Hancock and Joe Zawinul, and drummer Tony Williams as the core inspiration for Mysteries Of The Revolution, but the band achieve degrees of high-volume, full-on intensity here which those first-generation stylists attained only rarely. Only the dark, near-inchoate slabs of sound which Davis offered mid-decade come to mind.

As well as its retro-psychedelic experimentation the album also features BB's tour-de-force flute/beatvox piece "Big Buddah" (dedicated to one of his greatest influences Roland Kirk) which continues to stun audiences everywhere. Yet MOTR's not on any overt nostalgia trip. Far from it. Sure, the influences are there, but equally it's about sonic energy, edgy, powerful compositions, and attitude. One composition includes vocal of Moroccan singer Yusuf Squeeze Gut Ali.

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Longing for the Dawn
Mysteries Of The Revolution Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions

4 stars New Mysteries are going on. Well, what about longing for the dawn now, just to bring some light into the darkness? This album respectively project sees two musicians responsible in the first front, speaking of Daniel Biro (keyboards, programming) and BB Davis (drums, flute). They are not new to the scene, fourteen years ago MYSTERIES OF THE REVOLUTION already could release their critically acclaimed eponymous debut album. Also aboard at that time has been Mark Smith with his bass guitar, but unfortunately he died some time ago. Hence, supported by some additional musicians, you might say that this is also full of longing in reminiscence to him. Nine new songs are offered. They really turn me on, jazz fusion infected stuff featuring a proper spacey respectively ambient component.

As one would expect from a modern contemporary production a lot of electronics are available too here. Also, when listening, you may immediately emphasize the fantastic guitar work that is present throughout, this all provided by Italian born Vincenzo Lamagna. The album initiates with some Pink Floyd feeling, but soon a Tony Williams Lifetime incarnation or so will take the lead. Very nice start! Then the charming downbeat lounge tinged One Whisper follows. Actually, not a surprise really, the title track definitely delivers some grief, sadness. An irresistible beat, upright bass, mysterious voices, and swirling flutes are making Babylon Everything to something special. Finally the groovy extended Pharoah's Scribbled Phantasms puts the cherry on the cake. Headed by Daniel Biro's free-spirited Herbie Hancock inspired keyboards this production is a real listening pleasure.

 Mysteries of the Revolution by MYSTERIES OF THE REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.26 | 11 ratings

Mysteries of the Revolution
Mysteries Of The Revolution Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by ProgShine
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Mysteries Of The Revolution is a trio from England that plays a mix of Instrumental Jazz Rock with touchs of Progressive Rock and Jazz Fusion here and there. The trio is formed by BB Davis (drums, flutes, percussion and vocals), Dan Biro (keyboards and percussion) and Mark Smith (bass).

Their self-titled debut album was released in 2008 by Blue Serene Focus and according to the band they're now in studio recording their second album.

To be honest with you I was expecting some Jazz Fusion nonsense with loads of free improvised music and not much direction to it. What a mistake!

Mysteries Of The Revolution (2008) is an album that pretty much follows the Symphonic Prog patch in many moments (like in the fantastic 'The Crunch') but with a Jazz Rock feeling to it like in bands as Weather Report or Passport. More Jazz Rock/Prog moments can also be heard in 'Romantica'. We have some more pure Jazz moments in 'Storius Sensorius' and in the bass moment of 'Nico' where Mark Smith shines with amazing lines.

There's some small moments on the record and I do think that 64 minutes is way too much for an album like this but the overall feeling that stays after listening to Mysteries Of The Revolution (2008) is that we have a great album with a fantastic production and musicianship and loads of great vintage sounding instruments.

This is an album that you can easily listen with a smile on your face. A must have for Jazz Rock lovers!

 Mysteries of the Revolution by MYSTERIES OF THE REVOLUTION album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.26 | 11 ratings

Mysteries of the Revolution
Mysteries Of The Revolution Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by tmay102436

5 stars A very interesting, wonderful offering on this first (and hopefully many more!) release of Mysteries Of The Revolution.

Blending a touch of "this and that" in the form of kind of a Canterbury, prog, slightly and very tasty free form (only slightly,) and their own unique vision, this becomes instantly loveable. In fact, although all of the music is top notch, from track 7 - 11, this is nearing the 5 star realm.

I haven't (for some reason) heard of any of these marvelous players before. They produce what is needed for the music, with absolutely no showing off their skills just to appear flashy and cool. In fact, if there's a complaint, I wish they did a bit more heroics from time to time. Still, for a 1st recording, the restraint (and it's obvious they're more than capable of bombastic soloing) is very mature and quite a relief. The flute playing, combined with the creative (and used ever so effectively) vocal treatments bring in the flavor of inventiveness that this familiar style needs to keep it fresh and exciting.

I wish (if anyone can help, please do!) I knew more about these performers/creators, as surely there is a back catalog of some sort to show us how they got this original offering so mature and tasty.

Get this, it will bring many listening's of fresh, reflective, and a nice bit of excitement to your ears taste-buds. Long live Mysteries Of The Revolution!

Thanks to snobb for the artist addition.

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