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MYSTERIES OF THE REVOLUTION

Jazz Rock/Fusion • United Kingdom


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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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Mysteries Of The Revolution Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by ProgShine
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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!

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Mysteries Of The Revolution Jazz Rock/Fusion

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4 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!

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