Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri

by Industrial Revelation

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Gregory Jaspan
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Gregory Jaspan Industrial Revelation are my favorite band in the world right now, and I don't mean just my favorite jazz band. The four members who comprise IR are all world-class musicians, but what sets them apart from so many other jazz bands is that they are also extremely creative, fantastic composers. The sheer dynamic range and scope of their music is so rarely found in today's music. Go see them live if you have the opportunity. It's a truly incredible, joyous experience. Favorite track: Exit from the Morass.
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Fritz Marial This is Seattle Jazz, broad, beautiful, joyous, deep. Favorite track: Voice Memo: Beautiful.
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Ten years after Seattle-based DIY jazz sensation Industrial Revelation came swinging into being, the powerful combo of D’Vonne Lewis, Evan Flory-Barnes, Ahamefule J. Oluo, and Josh Rawlings have delivered their most realized document to date: Liberation & the Kingdom of Nri. A couple ideas that had been gestating turned into unexpectedly tight demos turned into the unexpected tumbling-out of a pile of their best work to date—just as a year-long swell in the group’s profile (taking The Stranger’s 2014 Genius Award for music, for one) saw the quartet playing and wordlessly communicating on a new level. A humble, understated grandeur is a quality they all share, a commitment to exploration, not of some nebulous outer limits, but inner depths most shy from and deny. It’s the literal unearthing of those depths’ bounty that even inspired the album name. The centuries-ahead-of-their time bronze artifacts found in Igbo-Ukwu (a region of what’s now Nigeria) by accident in the first half of the 20th century were made with such advanced techniques that European (and Eurocentric) historians refused to believe they could in fact be the work of the Nri, a thousand-year-old nation unique in history in that they grew not by war, but by voluntary allegiance—including rejects and ex-slaves. Treasures of antiquity, a people’s legacy, the assaults of white hegemony—liberation.
– Larry Mizell Jr.


released October 10, 2015

Evan Flory-Barnes (Upright Bass)
D'Vonne Lewis (Drums, Vocals on "Introduction: Mighty Nation")
Ahamefule J. Oluo (Trumpet, Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Percussion, Effects)
Josh Rawlings (Fender Rhodes, Piano, Synthesizer, Accordion)

Additional Personnel:
Grace Love (Vocals on "First Dance," "Introduction: Mighty Nation," "There's a Fire"
Jeff Coffin (Saxophones on "No Way Out But In"
Alex Guy, Brianna Atwell, and Maria Scherer Wilson (Strings on "HYPED!")
Jeff Busch (Percussion on "PopKing")
Thione Diop (Tama on "Man from Obibi")
Jon Hansen (Tuba on "Voice Memo: Beautiful")

Produced by Industrial Revelation and Ahamefule J. Oluo

Recorded at Robert Land Studios, Oak Head, and Dub Narcotic Studios

All compositions by Industrial Revelation
Engineered by Homero Gonzalez, Sam Anderson, Ahamefule J. Oluo, and Paul Krogh
Edited by Ahamefule J. Oluo
Mixed by Josh Evans, Sam Anderson, and Evan Schiller
Mastered by Homero Gonzalez
Cover art, "After another visit from Sirius B," by Maikoiyo Alley-Barnes, photographed by Futsum Tsegai
Band photo by Kelly O
Liner notes by Larry Mizell Jr.
Layout and design by Emily Nokes and Ahamefule J. Oluo


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Track Name: First Dance
Verse 1:
When I saw you
I knew you’d be
My first and last
It was more than just romance

When you reached for my hand
It was more than I could stand
I’m here on cloud 9
Like I’m dreaming out of time

Let’s go out and let our spirits’ free
Like there’s no one standing here but you and me
Living out loud as we dance on the floor
My hand in yours forever more

Verse 2:
The chills I can’t deny
When I look into your eyes
My stomach fills right up
With butterflies

I feel like I’ve been swept off my feet
And darling it's sublime
Baby, you gotta know
The music’s got me feeling oh so fine

Let’s go out and let our spirits’ free
Like there’s no one standing here but you and me
Living out loud as we dance on the floor
My hand in yours forever more