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The first time the members of Times 4 got together to play, says keyboardist Greg Sankovich, “We just hit the zone and ran flying from the get-go.” Fast-forwarding seven years, Sankovich, soprano and tenor saxophonist Lincoln Adler, bassist Kevin Lofton, and drummer Maurice Miles continue reigniting those spontaneous jazz-meets-funk sparks every time they perform. The distinctive Times 4 sound, which, in the words of eJazzNews reviewer Glenn Astarita, “skirts that fuzzy space between radio-friendly contempo jazz and ballsy, in-the-pocket groove-laden motifs,” has made the quartet a favorite at clubs and festivals throughout its home base in the San Francisco Bay Area and points beyond. The backbeat-anchored edge that has marked Times 4’s music since its inception remains evident on Eclipse, the group’s third CD, yet the disc represents a step up in the group’s musical evolution with its more carefully crafted original tunes and the clarity of the recorded sound

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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.

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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 ...

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News: Recording

Bay Area Jazz-Funk Quartet Times 4 to Release "Eclipse" June 1

Bay Area Jazz-Funk Quartet Times 4 to Release "Eclipse" June 1

Over the last seven years, Times 4 has established itself as one of the most exciting live attractions on the San Francisco Bay Area music scene. Whether playing major venues under their own name or opening for national touring acts on festival stages, Times 4 has made a solid impression. Their tight grooves and improvisational prowess ...

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Relations

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

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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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Article: Album Review

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 ...

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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 ...

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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.


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