area band Times 4 is meanwhile one of California's leading group in
genre. Co-founded by Lincoln Adler, who is known by his albums
The Dream and Short
group has in the intervening time released the albums
Seductivity (2005) and
Relations (2006). Eclipse is their third album and
now on sale at
Further members of Times 4 are Maurice Miles (drums), Greg Sankovich
(keyboards) and Kevin Lofton (bass). The ideas of the new songs were
created during the numerous jazz sessions the band gave at their
gigs in the San Francisco area.
This time the group has self-produced the album learning more about
the specific sounds of their instruments in the recording process.
Widening their knowledge had certainly a leveling effect on their
The album introduces the band with the title song Eclipse. The
melody line is airy and hold by Lincoln Adler's soprano sax
accompanied by Greg Sankovich on piano, who expands the song in
meanders of sub themes.
Sine Language shows the other side of the group, energetic,
earth bounded, propelled by bass and drum. Lincoln Adler prefers wide
melody arcs with dramatic tension to spellbound the audience.
Most of the songs are extraordinary long, for example Crosswinds
goes over nine minutes. Carefully build sound tapestries are breeding
grounds for excursions into expressive improvisations.
Did I Say That Out Loud reveals more colors of the group. Greg Sankovich
remarkable piano performance with a great affinity to jazzy and
complex sound constructions and Lincoln's tendency to bind them in
Naima is an Arabic pre-name for women. In their own
way the group interprets the name with a strange and memorable piece
of music. Lincoln comments: "The song Naima is actually written
by Saxophonist John Coltrane, dedicated to his wife of the same name.
We thought it'd be nice to pay tribute some of the history that
brought us to where we are today".
The electrifying FSJ will enthuse the audience, while the
atmospheric What They Don't Tell You is a place for dreams.
With the final Eighty One Times 4 mirrors all scales of a live
Times 4 consequently elect their unique style. No squint to smooth
jazz, pure professional contemporary jazz.
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Artist: Times 4
Genre: General Jazz
01 Eclipse [8:54]
02 Sine Language [6:05]
03 Crosswinds [9:14]
04 Did I Say That Out Loud [8:30]
05 Naima [6:53]
06 FSJ [4:39]
07 What They Don't Tell You [8:48]
08 Eighty One [3:37]