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Grammy-winning bassist/composer Eric Revis has been one of the most solid and forceful voices in the contemporary jazz scene for over 15 years despite his young age. The deep-running power of his beat, his potent and gorgeous tone, and his dynamic approach to music keeps him in high demands among notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis and Jeff “Tain” Watts.

Born in Los Angeles, CA on May 31, 1967, he grew up listening mostly to funk and rock music. It was not until when he was 14 years of age that he picked up an electric bass and taught himself how to play. After attending Southern University as biology major for a year, Eric relocated to San Antonio, TX where he got a regular gig playing 6 nights a week.

As Eric worked the gig, his fellow band members introduced him to jazz. Eric recalls Kind of Blue as one of his first influential jazz recordings. As he discovered this new element of music, Eric decided to switch to an acoustic bass.

Eric met Delfeayo Marsalis while volunteering for the Arts Council of San Antonio. Delfeayo strongly suggested that Eric study under his father's program in University of New Orleans. Eric then moved to New Orleans where he has studied under Ellis Marsalis, Harold Battiste, and Victor Goines from 1991 to 1992. New Orleans then offered fertile environment for growing musicians with huge appetite: Musicians whom Eric played with and learned from are Brian Blade, Nicholas Payton, Chris Thomas, Mark Turner, Troy Davis, Peter Martin, and Greg Tardy to name a few.

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”Eric Revis is one of today's true masters.” —Chris Hovan, All About Jazz

“Voted the Best Debut Disc in 2004” —All About Jazz

“Eric stretches the jazz fabric without ripping it apart. The results are a greatly varied….thoroughly rewarding and entertaining set.” —Jazz Times

“Mr. Revis... along with the drummer Jeff Watts, gives that group its tight, smacking sound. His vision of jazz begins with a strong rhythm section, and he has used Mr. Watts as the drummer on his own first album. But he is also one of jazz's relativists, interested in importing other sounds and forms and rhythms, and to this end he uses a dozen extra guests outside of his group in his original music.” —New York Times

“I've been waiting for this album, and my hunch is confirmed: Eric Revis is an exciting bandleader who can stomp on the bass without overshadowing his ensemble

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Album The Intangible Between by Orrin Evans

The Intangible Between

Smoke Sessions Records
2020

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Album Sing Me Some Cry by Eric Revis

Sing Me Some Cry

Clean Feed
2017

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Album Crowded Solitudes by Eric Revis

Crowded Solitudes

Clean Feed Records
2016

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Album Eric Revis: In Memory Of Things Yet Seen by Eric Revis

Eric Revis: In Memory...

Clean Feed Records
2014

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Album In Memory Of Things Yet Seen by Eric Revis

In Memory Of Things...

Clean Feed Records
2014

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Album Eric Revis' Parallax by Eric Revis

Eric Revis' Parallax

Clean Feed Records
2013

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