US based drummer Reuben Hoch teams up with jazz great, pianist, Don Friedman and bassist, Ed Schuller for their Naim label debut.
"Time" refers to the drummer's pivotal role as keeper of time in a group, and also a quote from percussionist Guy Viberos "There is nothing you can do about time, it just keeps on going".
In the creation of this recording, it was Reuben's desire to approach the jazz trio in as original a way as possible, and to draw his inspiration from his reference trios of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau. The format and members of this trio provide a fantastic example of one of the most outstanding ways in which a group of musicians can explore and chart new territory in jazz.
The repertoire which Reuben has selected, whilst including originals, was chosen as a tribute to some of the great contemporary jazz composers of our time. Work by Pat Metheny, Steve Kruhn and Ornette Coleman do not represent "easy" material that musicians fall back on for comfort's sake.
Reuben has been heavily influenced by Art Blakey, Tony Williams, Jack DeJohnette and Elvin Jones, and, by age 19, Reuben was playing with Art Blakey sidemen Valery Ponomaerov, David Schnitter and Lonnie Plaxico.
Ed Schuller's technique is rich and gorgeous, and he has has played with some of the most creative musicians on the scene, such as Joe Lovano, Bill Frisell and Paul Motian.
Don Friedman is a highly acclaimed veteran of jazz piano, quoted as having "the chops of Ahmad Jamal, the elegance of Tommy Flanagn, the poetry of Bill Evans and the imagination of Keith Jarret." He has played with Dexter Gordon, Shorty Rogers, Chet Baker and even the as-yet-unknown altoist, Ornette Coleman.
"Of Recent Time" is a True Stereo recording by Ken Christianson of Pro Musica, Chicago.