Over the past year, there has been almost-unanimous praise for Industrial Revelation from the Seattle music press. After the release of the curt and courteous LP Oak Head last fall, the quartet became the first full-fledged jazz combo in a while to break out of the dark and dusty confines of jazzdom, edging its way into the slightly brighter lights of the local music mainstream. But IR did not appear out of nowhere; the city’s jazz scene has been making waves for some time now thanks to fresh venues like Lucid and Cafe Racer. Industrial Revelation is the child of the movement, flourishing under the husbandry of drummer D’Vonne Lewis, who has some serious Seattle musical heritage and culled some of the most adventurous and exciting players because, as he tells Seattle Weekly, he sensed in them a sort of “freedom.” That is exactly what the band sounds like—brash and ballsy and willing to try new things. What is next no one knows, and that’s a big part of what makes them the best. industrialrevelation.com
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