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Eclipse

Label: Groove Tonic Media
Released: 2010
Track listing: Eclipse; Sine Language; Crosswinds; Did I Say That Out Loud?; Naima; FSJ; What They Don't Tell You; Eighty One.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Times 4: Eclipse

Read "Eclipse" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

San Francisco Bay Area quartet Times 4 finely tunes its compositional prowess on Eclipse. Sparked by snappy pulses, and memorable hooks, the unit attains an attractive balance between radio-friendly jazz and several instances of serious-minded improvisation. At times strutting its stuff, the quartet imparts a stylistic up-tempo rendition of sax great John Coltrane's timeless classic, “Naima."

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Times 4: Eclipse

Read "Eclipse" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

For some artists, there's a sense of defiance to classification. The members of Times 4 represent that contingent with their third release, Eclipse.Together for seven years, the group is comprised of two sets of San Francisco Bay-area friends who bring a mix of formal training and self teaching. Collectively, they count among their inspirations ...

Relations

Label: Groove Tonic Media
Released: 2007
Track listing: M.O.; Mojito; Thickness; Cell Phone; Enterlude; Full Moon; Relations; Central Park; Hericane; Exitlude.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Times 4: Relations

Read "Relations" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

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 ...

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Times 4: Relations

Read "Relations" reviewed by John Kelman

It's a fine line between the contemporary jazz groups like the Yellowjackets make and the more programmatic smooth variety. Approachable grooves can define both spaces, but one expects greater emphasis on interaction and performance from bands that distance themselves from smooth jazz, where it seems to be all about avoiding confrontation and serving best as background ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Times 4: Relations

Read "Relations" reviewed by Jim Santella

Saxophonist Lincoln Adler leads this contemporary jazz quartet from San Francisco in a program of originals that blow smoke all around the room. Where there's smoke, there's fire, and this band has plenty of it to share. Adler has always been able to express himself on tenor and alto with a fluid charm that ...

Seductivity

Label: Groove Tonic Media
Released: 2004
Track listing: Blue 5; Suzy's Samba; Sacrifice; Seductivity; Down Low; Red Light; Distracted; Delicious; Uncle Funker; Balancing Stick.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Times 4: Seductivity

Read "Seductivity" reviewed by Jim Santella

Progressive jazz keeps us fresh and aware of what's happening around us. As its hip rhythms get inside you, things start to happen. For one thing, you start to realize that you're not alone. This isn't grandfathers' music; but it certainly could be. It takes one to know one, and I do feel that I can ...

Are You In There?

Label: Groove Tonic Media
Released: 1999
Track listing: Listen Up; Mysteriosa; You Don


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