Drummer Reuben Hoch takes his trio on a tour of straight-ahead jazz with Of Recent Time, providing an opportunity for each of the three artists to stretch out creatively over familiar terrain. The songs are by Sam Rivers, Wayne Shorter, Brad Mehldau, Ornette Coleman and Steve Kuhn, but the trio interprets them with fresh motivation.
Hoch doesn't just keep time, he colors each piece with suitable textures and peppers each refrain with lively motion. The session takes on a flowing ambience that runs seamlessly over mainstream territory.
Pianist Don Friedman interprets with a lyrical glow. His gentle acoustic creations run primarily through his right hand and rely on melody for their charm. Bassist Ed Schuller, who solos frequently with a fascinating outlook, provides a powerful foundation for the session that adds harmony on top of an eloquently designed layer of rhythm. He walks the bass and saunters casually to relate changing moods.
The drummer's "Ballad for Nori comes with deep emotion in a somber affair of the heart. Friedman's "Flamands rocks with a blues-drenched outlook that sails comfortably. Most of the session finds the trio driving with a laid-back approach that allows their performance to breathe naturally. Reuben Hoch and Time draw upon an established circle of musical adventures to broaden the scope and to say it with class in the straight-ahead world.
Track Listing: Beatrice; Question and Answer; Unrequited; Ballad for Nori; Turnaround; Poem for no. 15; Flamands; Yes and No.
Personnel: Reuben Hoch: drums; Don Friedman: piano; Ed Schuller: acoustic bass.
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St
I was first exposed to jazz by my father, who was a rabid fan when he was younger, in the early to mid 1950's. We lived in NYC and he was a regular at places like the Village Vanguard and Birdland. One of his favorite stories involved meeting Charlie Parker and Miles on 52nd St. Needless to say, Jazz and Blues were always on the stereo in our home. I was steeped in these exciting sounds, and they make up some of my earliest memories.