3 Fervent Travelers

3 Fervent Travelers

by Time for ThreeTime for Three


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Time for Three -- fiddlers Zach DePue and Nick Kendall and standup bassman Ranaan Meyer -- bill themselves as a genre-stretching, boundary-demolishing trio with a sound all their own. They do have impressive chops and Meyer, the main composer, has skills that draw on a wide range of music, but they're not the only band in the land that's blending classical, bluegrass, Gypsy jazz, and swing in its music. Groups like Leftover Salmon and the Hot Club of Cowtown explore similar territory, maybe without the classical European touches. That said, there's still plenty of remarkable playing on 3 Fervent Travelers. "Wyoming 307" opens the disc in a dark, droning, classical mode, then slowly evolves into a bluegrass barnburner with DePue and Kendall trading off sizzling lead lines and seguing directly into "Forget About It," which continues the bluegrass-style mayhem with the fiddlers slipping up into their ear-tweaking higher registers, each playing a different variation on the melody while Meyer adds rhythmic accents on his bass. "Don Don" opens with a musical quote from "Jailhouse Rock," then Kendall and DePue play an extended jazzy, Grappelli-meets-Bob Wills interlude, dropping out to give Meyer time for a brief solo before their Bill Monroe-meets-Monk finale. The violin accents on "Philly Phunk" live up to the tune's title, while the solos range throughout the blues, jazz, country, and new music spectrum with unpredictable shifts in time, tempo, and timbre. They close the album with a classically influenced arrangement of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that accents the tune's solemn tone, despite the rippling violin triplets that accent the second chorus. They close with a jazzy version of "Orange Blossom Special" that features Meyer's impressive bass work setting up the dueling fiddles of DePue and Kendall, playing at lightning speed and dropping Arab and Gypsy jazz accents into the mix.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/26/2010
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923203520
catalogNumber: 2035
Rank: 91589

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Time for Three   Primary Artist,Band
Ranaan L. Meyer   Group Member
Zachary DePue   Group Member
Nick Kendall   Group Member

Technical Credits

Leonard Cohen   Composer
Imogen Heap   Composer
Ranaan L. Meyer   Composer
Silas Brown   Engineer
Charles Letourneau   Management
Time for Three   Arranger,Producer
Bernard M. Resnick   Legal Counsel
Vanessa Briceño   Art Direction
Susan Napodano Delgiorno   Executive Producer
Nick Kendall   Composer,Art Direction
Steve Hackman   Arranger,Producer
Irving Rouse   Composer

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