Bob Ravenscroft & Inner Journeys

Label: OA2 Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805552217629
Catalog number: OA2 22176
Releasedate: 06-03-20
- Bob Ravenscroft & Inner Journeys' debut recording on OA2 Records!
Begun in earnest as an acoustic jazz trio in 2005, pianist Bob Ravenscroft, bassist Dwight Kilian and drummer Rob Moore's thirst to traverse destinations beyond worked its way into their rehearsals, performances, and then into weekly recording sessions in their studio outside of Phoenix. Phantasmagoria offers 21 moments, or vignettes. Sometimes a brief piano statement, or a fierce '60s free-jazz explosion, or, as in the opening "Commencement," shimmering synths suggesting a prog-rock introduction only to lead into a free jazz drum solo. From pristine solo piano pieces such as Icicles or Pure Light, to the darkened urban landscapes of Traffic Jam, Unrest and Mad Jazz Tea, or the ethereal synth explorations of Wandering, Inner Journeys achieves a deeply moving and atmospheric sound that travels through jazz and beyond.
Leader and pianist Bob Ravenscroft has long been a man in pursuit of sonic perfection. His family literally has music in its blood, traceable all the way back to Thomas Ravenscroft, composer of the Whole Booke of Psalms in 1621. Four centuries later, Bob continues to bring a spiritual element and meditative reverence for the environment to his music, but he draws upon an extensive jazz writing, arranging and performing background to create "live" compositions, enabling his audiences to virtually become part of the creative process. As a performer, Bob Ravenscroft has worked with countless fine musicians, both in his own combos and with others, for more than 20 years. His Jazzbird Studio played a pivotal role in the Phoenix music community for almost two decades, offering jazz instruction, audio production, and numerous concert series. An able and avid teacher, he has served on several jazz studies faculties over the years and has helped to shape scores of up-and-coming performers.