Inner Journeys is the latest group concept from keyboardist-composer Bob Ravenscroft as he continues to anchor the new Ravenswave Recordings., an uncompromising independent that has emerged as a special, state-of-the-art “audiophile jazz” label dedicated to capturing the sound of jazz as intimately as today`s advanced recording techniques will allow.
Ravenscroft`s fortuitous meeting with bassist Dwight Kilian brought together kindred musical spirits. Kilian`s unique combination of artistry and spirituality was a perfect complement to the impressionistic piano of Ravenscroft, and their combined chemistry led to the formation of Inner Journeys in 2005.
Since that time, the duo`s aim has been to go ever deeper, building on intuitive jazz experiences that continually push exploration. Those “inner journeys” have even led to “Jazz in Sacred Spaces” concepts such as their “Music & Meditations” concert format involving the spoken word, drama, poetry and all manner of artistic expression. The duo performs as a trio in concert, with percussionist Rob Moore having joined the group in 2007.
For those who think of Bob Ravenscroft as strictly an acoustic piano purist, Inner Journeys offers something beyond. Buoyed by the endless imagination of Kilian, and complemented by the changing colors from Moore`s drums, Inner Journeys achieves a deeply moving and atmospheric sound that travels into new regions beyond jazz. To create these amazing soundscapes, Ravenscroft coaxes every imaginable mood from his grand piano, but may also turn to his Korg synthesizer and find additional mind-blowing sounds. In some situations, Inner Journeys has been accompanied by a fourth member, video improviser Mario Barnabe, whose projected images inspire further innovation.
According to Ravenscroft, who relocated to the Phoenix area in 2003 to focus on his new Ravenswave “audiophile” recording label, Inner Journeys provides him with a new way to further explore the common ground between contemporary music and deeper matters of the soul. “For me, this is the point where it all comes together,” he says. “It`s where music meets soul in the truest sense. We`re anxious to see where it can take us.”
if you are a jazz listener looking for another straight-ahead offering, you won`t find it here. However, what you will find is an intriguing interplay by three very gifted and creative jazz musicians. Although the three are united in the traditional acoustic jazz trio arrangement: piano, bass, and drums, they use no preexisting “charts” or tunes to give structure to their improvisations. Rather, they use the concepts of “through-composed” or “free jazz” to express their music. During the recording process, each member would simply begin an idea, and the others would join in, much like in a live conversation among three people ardently expressing their views.
Although the pieces have names, the listener is urged to create his or her own. The music style may be called a “Jazz Movie Score of Life Experiences” — it is music intended to conjure up various “moods”, which will be unique to each listener. In that, the listener is actively a vital organic part of the creative musical experience!
Enjoy the ride, as you won`t be disappointed in the journey. “Intersections” was derived from the analogy of three different vehicles traveling similar paths, perhaps at different velocities, and meeting at various intersections along the way…
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