Archive for February 11th, 2010

Times 4 – Eclipse

With their third album release, Eclipse, San Francisco-based contemporary jazz quartet Times 4 puts forth a fresh Bay Area blend of uplifting modern jazz with urban flavor. Along with six new original songs collectively composed for the project, Eclipse also features fresh interpretations of classic tunes by John Coltrane and Ron Carter/Miles Davis.

Seven years of collaboration has culminated in this new release showcasing Times 4’s strength in melding its individual voices into a dynamic and balanced ensemble. With their joyful musical interplay, driving grooves, captivating melodies and dynamic improvisations, Times 4 continues to inspire audiences to tap their feet and feel dance in their bones.

Recorded and mixed at legendary Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California, the tracks combine high energy live ensemble performances with the stellar sonic quality that has become a trademark of Fantasy. Times 4 features Lincoln Adler (saxophones), Greg Sankovich (keyboards), Kevin Lofton (bass), and Maurice Miles (drums). Their artful and intense musical conversation is steeped in the history of friendship and common roots. Miles and Lofton have been friends and musical collaborators since high school; likewise, Adler and Sankovich continue a musical dialogue that also dates back to their teen years.

Times 4 has shared the stage with many esteemed artists including Anita Baker, Al Jarreau, Bob James and Fourplay, Chris Botti, Dave Koz, Patrice Rushen, Patti Austin, Boney James and Jonathan Butler. The group has performed at many fine venues, including the JVC Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s, Mountain Winery, Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society, Fillmore Jazz Festival, North Beach Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, and the Boom Boom Room.