In Listening Back, we chronicle the happenings at The Camel’s free weekly jazz series on Tuesday nights. Be there if you can. But if you can’t, stop by here every Saturday for a recap in sights and sounds. This week, Devonne Harris’s Reeverb continued the series, and we give you two bonus sets from Brooklyn’s Suite Unraveling and Richmond’s Ombak, captured at The Camel the night before.
photos by Amber Smith
It’s about time that drummer and multi-instrumentalist Devonne Harris had a night to himself. He’s one of Richmond’s most in demand drummers as a side man, but the guy has plenty going on for himself. An active composer, jazz hip hop melder, beat maker, and now record label producer of his own Reeverb Music (Food For The World Productions), his many talents really shined on Tuesday.
First up, his Reeverb Trio was classic Devonne Harris: always in the pocket, yet always going somewhere new. With bassist Andrew Randazzo, keyboardist Brian Mahne, and saxophonist Tim Turner, the group warranted yelps and “oh shits” from the crowd around just about every corner.
Listen to the Devonne Harris’s Reeverb Trio featuring Tim Turner:[audio:http://media.rvanews.com/Devonne%20Harris%20and%20the%20Reeverb%20Jazz%20Group%20020111.mp3|titles=Live at The Camel February 1 2011|artists=Devonne Harris’s Reeverb Trio featuring Tim Turner]
With drummer Corey Fonville at his side, Devonne manned his laptop, cueing his own original beats minus the drums. It was a playground for Fonville, who grooved incredibly hard with the pre-constructed tracks.
Listen to Devonne Harris “DJ Harrison” and Corey Fonville:[audio:http://media.rvanews.com/DJ%20Harrison%20and%20Corey%20Fonville%20020111.mp3|titles=Live at The Camel February 1 2011|artists=Devonne Harris “DJ Harrison” and Corey Fonville]
One night earlier on Monday, Brooklyn’s Suite Unraveling, Ombak, and SCUO played The Camel. As a bonus this week, take a listen to two of the sets. (SCUO performs at The Camel on Tuesday and so will be featured on next Saturday’s Listening Back)
Listen to Suite Unraveling:[audio:http://media.rvanews.com/Suite%20Unraveling%20013111.mp3|titles=Live at The Camel January 31 2011|artists=Suite Unraveling]
Listen to Ombak:[audio:http://media.rvanews.com/Ombak%20013111.mp3|titles=Live at The Camel January 31 2011|artists=Ombak]
On Tuesday, Jazz By Numbers (Bryan Hooten, SCUO, Trio of Justice, Scott Clark 4tet) continues the free series. The Camel is located at 1621 W. Broad St. in Richmond, VA. More information is available at thecamel.org.