Reverso, a trans-oceanic chamber jazz ensemble co-led by trombonist Ryan Keberle and pianist Frank Woeste, presents their original chamber jazz in concert. Reverso looks to bridge the divide between jazz and chamber music realized by an outstanding trio which also includes the acclaimed French cellist Vincent Courtois.
Keberle and Woeste show us that jazz and “classical” music have become even more intertwined in today’s music world, since they began to intersect amongst Ravel and his contemporaries such as Satie, Stravinsky and Milhaud over 100 years earlier, mutually inspiring the other’s practitioners.
Reverso’s repertoire features original compositions by Keberle and Woeste that draw particular inspiration from Ravel’s “Le Tombeau de Couperin”, a suite for solo piano by Maurice Ravel and from the music of Les Six, a group of early 20th Century French composers whose members included Darius Milhaud, Francis Poulenc, Arthur Honneger, and the sole female member of the group, Germaine Tailleferre.
“that Ravelian line between jazz and classical has never been more symbiotic” – Downbeat
“pulsating motifs. long painterly lines, open fields and pointillist statements into a fascinating whole… captivating chamber quartet.” – Jazz Times
“a decidedly contemporary take on Maurice Ravel’s musical ideas… launching from Ravel but reaching its own heights.” – Rochester City Newspaper