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New Momentum

by Robert Irving III

Contemporary Acoustic Jazz
Genre: Jazz: Free Jazz
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7. Seven Steps to Heaven Robert Irving III
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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There is a distinguished lineage of post-bop pianists who collaborated with the legendary Miles Davis: Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, Chick Corea and Joe Zawinul. Add to that list of superb artists Robert Irving III, who served as Miles’ last pianist/keyboardist and who proved to be his longest collaborator and musical director. After nearly twenty years since his last outing as a leader, Irving returns with his remarkable new recording, New Momentum, a largely acoustic piano trio CD that is the premiere album for the new label Sonic Portraits. Irving the composer of Davis' Grammy nominated comeback classic, "The Man With The Horn", went on to produce Davis' last two Columbia Records projects, "Decoy", which won the Downbeat Magazine readers poll as "Album of the Year" and "You're Under Arrest" which included the Grammy classic, "Human Nature" and "After Time".

In 1989 Irving released Midnight Dream, as his recording artist debut for the Verve Forecast label. The following year he produced Terri Lyne Carrington's "Real Life Story" to garner yet another Grammy nomination as a producer. With the March 2007 release of New Momentum on the Sonic Portraits Entertainment label, Irving returns to the scene as a recording artist as he reunites with Carrington as Co-Producer of the new CD which features bassist, Buster Williams a fellow Miles Davis alum.

Irving came to the Miles Davis collaboration as a musical storyteller… evolving over the decades into an accomplished acoustic jazz pianist thru application and interpretation of conceptual lessons learned from Miles … eventually incorporating it all into an evolved acoustic piano technique which is on display on New Momentum.


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Dick Crockett-Bopndicks 10 Picks June 2007

Irving holds forth on a basic theme with it's subtle variations for the ultimate
Robert Irving is articulate and contemporary in his musical views The acoustic
setting of his New Momentum CD is expansive and dramatic in it's all
encompassing scenery. The kind of majesty that film makers John Ford and David Lean were able to convey. Visualize a young Omar Sharif astride a camel in a liquid heat rising off the distant all discernible beige landscape as Lean holds the shot until Sharif is complete and visible. This is what Irving does, holding forth on a basic theme with it's subtle variations for the ultimate moment, the conclusion. His tenure with Miles Davis no doubt had been a prominent factor in his development. His friend and co musician Vince Wilburn Jr recorded a demo of music. Wilburn played it for his uncle, Miles Davis, who was intrigued and invited Irving to join the band and for the first time in several years Miles recorded “Man With A Horn. There's a mystical fable that the student and the teacher learn from each other and Miles was not one to rest on his laurels, always growing, evolving of self, and both profited from this arrangement, for Irving has innate insight into Miles works. Miles encouraged him to paint, as another means of evolving self.
Irving plays Seven Steps To Heaven in a delayed, self determined almost grand reharmonized glistened manner. And it'll be played different every time Irving replays it. The dynamics are awesome with a heavy busting loose bass line by Marlene Rosenberg and drummer Yussef Ernie Adams. Robert Irving III reminds one of Amad Jamal especially here on this and other tunes. There's that perfect sense of time that Miles had and what he respected in Jamal. In Irving's version of the Wayne Shorter classic, Nefertiti, Irving has a similar command that Jamal possesses, a way to reshape the song and make it his own and retaining t's original integrity. “New Momentum” as it the title tune, features Irving's originality as a composer and pianist, again with full dynamic release and subtle populace. He has a similar talent to Jamal and that is draw upon our musical cortex, themes and tones we remember in another context and yet Irving refreshes them in such a way with joy as Jamal can say. These are deeply felt and so original from the palette from Irving original concepts. “Havilah” is a profound contemporaneous'pop' venue that startles you with it's cool, funky and genuine smile. Remember to play We Three Kings during the upcoming holiday season. It's a jam. Primordial Waters, Always...Sometimes and Fire Flower are other Robert Irving originals that will reinforce the prominent talent and growth of this fine artist. Listen many times to Robert Irving III New Momentum and get lost in Irving's amazing melodic tapestry, believe me, you will.

Michael Richardson

Seven Steps to Heaven
Baabe, hit me up. Your long time friend and trumpet player...

Yeye Lynvonne

Radio Host-CSU
Peace and Blessings,

The campus community at CSU loved this CD-Primordial Waters had the station flowing in a soothing wash of wonder!!!

Yeye Lynvonne
Host-The Initiative-WCSU-radio 6.10
Chicago State University

Dan Ouellette-Billboard Magazine

...Pianistic dynamism, infused with an imaginative improvisational approach.
** CRITICS’ CHOICE **
(a new release, regardless of chart potential, highly recommended for musical merit.)

Conspicuously absent as a leader since serving as Miles Davis’ fusion-oriented musical director in the ‘80’s, Robert Irving III returns in dramatic fashion on “New Momentum,” the premiere release for indie Sonic Portraits.

The disc is largely an acoustic piano trio date, highlighted by Irving originals and two nods to his mentor’s ‘60’s repertoire: a buoyant cover of Davis’ “Seven Steps to Heaven” and a refined take on Wayne Shorter’s “Nefertiti”.

What’s so remarkable about Irving’s return from obscurity is the fresh, vital sound, spurred by his pianistic dynamism, and infused with an imaginative improvisational approach that encompasses dancing tempo shifts and harmonic curves.

Bassist Buster Williams costars, with arco support on the ballad “Primordial Waters”, low-end punch to the title track and a walking bass conversation with Irving on the midtempo groove tune “Always . . . Sometimes”



April 7, 2007 Issue
Billboard Magazine

Yeye Lynvonne

Momentum
Baabe was the first artist to give me a copy of his CD for my internet streamed radio show; WCSU iHeart radio's "Cafe Yeye: Where Monday is the New Friday", in 2009. Cafe Yeye has been playing his CD ever since on Mondays from 2pm to 4pm. I deeply appreciated Robert Irving Jr III as an artist in every medium of endeavor. New Momentum, for me was a point of departure into an expanded awareness of the endless resources we have within the range of our willingness to explore the limitless levels of our minds. Yes, his music road maps the journey.
Sincerely
Yeye Lynvonne (Marian Hayes)