233

Times 4: Relations

Woodrow Wilkins By

Sign in to view read count
Times 4: Relations
Math made simple. Put two and two together, and you get Times 4, a San Francisco-based jazz group that mixes the old with the new, and lots of stuff in between. Drummer Maurice Miles and bassist Kevin Lofton were friends and musical collaborators in high school. Likewise, saxophonist Lincoln Adler and keyboardist Greg Sankovich were musical friends as teens. Together, the two pairs of old friends form a quartet that is as diverse as it is original.

The group's sophomore release, Relations, is a blend of old-school improvisation with modern influences. This is evident on the first track, "M.O., a title derived from the word play between the group's modus operandi and Miles' nickname, "Mo. Naturally, Miles sets the pace with superb stick handling, skillfully using the bass, snare, toms and complete array of cymbals. Adler leads for much of the piece with his bluesy tenor sax. While Sankovich and Lofton are mostly in the background, they still make their presence felt.

Lofton takes point on "Thickness, with a funky bass line worthy of Marcus Miller. Sankovich applies background keys but also enhances this groove with a bit of piano play.

While all the tracks are good, one of the more enjoyable selections is "Cell Phone. Inspired by a freestyle jam the group has played, this danceable melody is catchy without sounding cliché. All players are in the moment, and it's easy to tell they're enjoying it. The group later stretches out on the eight-minute title song and another improvised piece, "Central Park. Other noteworthy tracks include "Mojito, "Full Moon and "Hericane.

Relations is a collection of ten original tracks that offer something familiar without giving the listener a sense of "been there, done that. At times, the music sounds like a throwback to the days of Tom Scott and the L.A. Express and Return to Forever. However, the music is all new, and the band delivers its own sound.

Track Listing

M.O.; Mojito; Thickness; Cell Phone; Enterlude; Full Moon; Relations; Central Park; Hericane; Exitlude.

Personnel

Lincoln Adler: saxophone; Greg Sankovich: keyboards; Kevin Lofton: electric bass; Maurice Miles: drums.

Album information

Title: Relations | Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Groove Tonic Media

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Read Warmer Than Blood
Warmer Than Blood
Chris Montague
Read Off Brand
Off Brand
Collage Project
Read Iron Starlet
Iron Starlet
Connie Han
Read Expanding Light
Expanding Light
Whit Dickey Trio

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.