Sea Changes is the debut album of the Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet, featuring the world-class musicians Don Braden on saxophones, Ratzo B. Harris on bass, and Tim Horner on drums. I have been in love with the sounds of classical and jazz music all my life.
In this album I have tried to alchemize the raw materials contained in each musical genre into an exciting new art experience that transcends musical boundaries. I re-imagined the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic structure of the original musical works so that an innovative and completely natural jazz conception might emerge. Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea,and Keith Jarrett are some of the influences that have shaped my work as a jazz arranger.
The ReVision Quartet has realized my arrangements in a stunningly beautiful way; the rapport between the musicians is superb. The arrangements include works by Chopin, Grieg, Sibelius, Messiaen, Bizet, Gershwin, Faure, and George Harrison of the Beatles. The common denominator is the "Sea Changes" that bring the original works into a completely new musical dimension.
Eric Olsen has crafted an outstanding career in both classical and jazz music, as a pianist and organist, composer, and conductor.
Eric has recorded 17 stylistically varied albums, for classical solo, as accompanist with opera singer Kevin Maynor (including the Grammy nominated Black Art Song in 2000), as well as jazz recordings as leader with his groups Urban Survival and Dyad. Eric's latest album, Sea Changes, combines classic melodies with jazz improvisations to create an exciting new art experience that transcends musical boundaries.
The album features the Eric Olsen ReVision Quartet, with Don Braden on saxes, Ratzo B. Harris on bass, and Tim Horner on drums. It was released on the Blujazz label. His previous album Dyad Plays Puccini was rated one of the top 50 Jazz CD’s of 2013 by Scott Albin of Jazz Times magazine. You can find out more about that album at DyadPlays.com. Eric has collaborated a host of jazz musicians, notably drummer Billy Hart and saxophonist George Garzone.
Eric Olsen has performed at jazz festivals, with symphony orchestras, and overseas in France, Germany, India, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Fiji. He has composed works for classical and jazz ensembles from chamber groups to full orchestra. As Music Director at Union Congregational Church in Montclair, he has conducted many staples of the classical choral literature, and leads a jazz ensemble in his own unique arrangements of hymns and original works for jazz services.