by Michael P. Gladstone
Drummer/composer Reuben Hoch was born in Brooklyn, New York at about the same time that Miles Davis was putting the final touches on Kind of Blue across the bridge at Columbia Studios. As an Orthodox Jew, he attended Jewish parochial schools and graduated from Yeshiva University; he also prayed in the various Chassidic synogogues in Brooklyn.
By his teens, Hoch was immersed in the world of jazz, in particular citing the influence of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and ...read more
by Dan McClenaghan
Drummer Reuben Hoch takes time to go to church on Of Recent Time, literally. His fine piano trio--featuring pianist Don Friedman and bassist Ed Schuller--recorded the set of familiar modern jazz tunes at the Community Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, getting some warm and expansive resonance into their artistry.It's all a church, of course, for us jazz fans, whether it's a recording studio or a stage.Hoch and company roll in a gentle and organic fashion ...read more
by Jerry D'Souza
This drummer-led piano trio comes full circle on a strong program of tunes from a diverse band of composers, plus an original from the leader. The playing is compact, giving rein to improvisation that stays in the mood while adding enough tonality to render the proceedings interesting. Reuben Hoch pegs the rhythm into the groove, and when the time comes, he elevates it to ferment the mood. Pianist Don Friedman shapes and kindles the melody, presaging an agile mind that ...read more
by Jim Santella
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 ...read more