Present Tense - Night
Tense are Richard Frank (acoustic bass) and Ronnie Kaufman
(drums/percussion). Ronnie Kaufman is well known as the drummer of the
GAP Band on their albums The GAP Band II - V. He also played with Mary
Floyd, the Charles May ensemble, Marvin R. Yates, Michael Evans,
Lonnie Simmons, Robert Whitfield and a lot more. Their first
collaboration was in the group "Zen Dadio". Ronnie was
playing on some gigs of this group. Soon after Ronnie and Richard
formed together with Chad Edwards (keyboards) a jazz trio called
"Tryangle". After their trio sessions they added a sax man
on some gigs around Southern California. So they created a new name
for the group: "Present Tense". Presently the group is a
quartet with Mike Telesmanick on keyboards and Al "Poncho"
Williams on sax as the live formation.
On their album "Night
Shadows" are playing Richard Frank, Ronnie Kaufman and Chad
Edwards. Another session cat joined the band: John Enrico Douglas is
playing Steinway piano and Korg Triton on tracks 1-5. All tracks of
the album were recorded live except percussion. All tracks were
written by Richard Frank and/or Ronnie Kaufman. The CD is trio based -
piano, acoustic bass and drums (plus added percussion).
The albums starts with The
Approach. The tune has a grooving and floating structure. Bass
and drums/percussion are running as basic background while John Enrico
Douglas is playing the melody in an accentuated way. I can only repeat
the right word as a description:" Audience-accessible" and would
like to add "Hooking".
is another interaction of these three instruments with a high
improvisation potential, which will be expended especially in live
performances. This is definitely a promise of the group they will
The title piece Night
Shadows is a smooth slow ballad. This song was worked out over
several days. If you love the piano play, try John Enrico Douglas'
artistry on this instrument.
The bass line of The
Ride was originally written by Richard on the piano. The piano
leaded melody is deeply involved in the bass line and a constantly
responding or interaction to it.
The intriguing Latin rhythms of Dia
Del Sol are the best platform for Ronnie Kaufman's professional
skills in drums and percussion and Douglas added his propulsive piano.
was named after a friend of Richard's who was checking people in the
boards and often getting rowdy. Richard gave him the nick-name
"Cracker". Chad Edwards plays the theme on his keyboards
(Kurzweil PC88 and Korg T3).
created through an interplay between Richard and Ronnie late at night.
The tune has a swinging character.
You know what an Outhouse
is? Read about Richard's experience with this institution in the liner
notes of the album. The tune is walking on the jazz side.
Simple is the name of the following bluesy short piece.
may be the congenial continuation. The melody is plain and I
understand it as the starting point for further improvisations.
Give An Inch
was named by Richard's wife and she adds to the title "...but
she'll take a mile".
The last session piece Overload
was dedicated by Ronnie as a tribute to his mentors, teachers and all
know jazz greats. The tune has a swinging attitude and one can observe
the players have fun with these modal changing.
"Night Shadows" was made
by artists first for themselves. It's not a commercial album "The
Approach" excluded. Friends of jazz sessions will like the live
atmosphere of Present Tense's debut.