4

Tim Bedner: Of Light And Shadow

Dan Bilawsky By

Sign in to view read count
Tim Bedner: Of Light And Shadow Guitarist Tim Bedner is a master of mixed moods and color contrasts. The Ottawa, Canada-based Berklee alum manages to successfully wed forlorn feelings with lighthearted notions and darker thoughts on the all-original, always-absorbing Of Light And Shadow.

Bedner's greatest strength is his ability to separate himself from the crowd that believes intensity goes hand in hand with volume, aggression and excessive effects. He brings a sense of balance and measure to the music that allows him to build tension by contrast, not bombast, a quality borne out by his brooding lines on "Umbra" and wily work on "Synergetic." Elsewhere, his music dwells in a state of cloistered serenity ("Sometimes Sadness"), melds Brazil and the blues ("Bluenote"), operates in sunny places ("A.M. For P.M."), and comes across like a lovely breath of fresh air ("Waltz For Elise").

The guitarist's band mates are few here, with only two others aboard the ship, but numbers can be deceiving. Normand Glaude, for example, covers bass, percussion, synth strings and harmonica, but it's the last instrument on that list that really makes an impact; his Toots Thielemans-esque harmonica is the perfect foil for Bedner. The guitarist veers toward the contemplative when left to his own devices, but Glaude pulls Bedner out of himself by bringing a wonderfully breezy insouciance into the music. He can be cool and casual or bubbly and charming, depending on the situation, and he always manages to make his mark in subtle ways.

Drummer Jeff Asselin doesn't come off as the near-equal partner to Bedner that Glaude does, but his role is no less important. He understands the firm-flexible duality that resides within a drummer's job and he elevates each performance with his work. Sometimes, it's simply a case of coloring in the deep or helping the music to sway, but some music calls for more firm direction and grounding; that's when Asselin's personality really appears. He's equally comfortable with odd-metered grooves and drastic feel shifts, and Bedner gives him a chance to show it at various times.

Of Light And Shadow doesn't win out with power or fireworks; it simply seeps into the pores. Tim Bedner's magical music finds a way to burrow into the inner soul.


Track Listing: Umbra; Aurora; Lumen; Chiaroscuro; Synergetic; Sometimes Sadness; A.M. For P.M.; Bluenote; Waltz For Elise.

Personnel: Tim Bedner: acoustic guitar, electric guitar; Normand Glaude: contra bass, chromatic harmonica; percussion, synth strings (6); Jeff Asselin: drums, percussion.

Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Self Produced


Shop

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "El Viaje" CD/LP/Track Review El Viaje
by James Nadal
Published: September 14, 2016
Read "Gold" CD/LP/Track Review Gold
by Jim Olin
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Negative Spaces" CD/LP/Track Review Negative Spaces
by Jerome Wilson
Published: September 8, 2016
Read "Blue Canvas" CD/LP/Track Review Blue Canvas
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: January 4, 2017
Read "Noumenon" CD/LP/Track Review Noumenon
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: October 26, 2016
Read "Pasar Klewer" CD/LP/Track Review Pasar Klewer
by Dave Wayne
Published: January 7, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!