3 Fervent Travelersby Time for Three
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.
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- Koch Records
Performance CreditsTime for Three Primary Artist,Band
Ranaan L. Meyer Group Member
Zachary DePue Group Member
Nick Kendall Group Member
Technical CreditsLeonard Cohen Composer
Imogen Heap Composer
Ranaan L. Meyer Composer
Silas Brown Engineer
Charles Letourneau Management
Time for Three Arranger,Producer
Vanessa Briceño-Scherzer Art Direction
Bernard M. Resnick Legal Counsel
Susan Napodano Delgiorno Executive Producer
Nick Kendall Composer,Art Direction
Steve Hackman Arranger,Producer
Irving Rouse Composer
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They came to my college, and they were amazing!! i couldn't wait until the new cd came out, and i finally have listened to it and it is the best of tf3 yet!! Great to listen to while doing homework! they have a lot of talent and this cd really showcases it!
I found out about Time for 3 on facebook and listened to a free download and was instantly hooked. I purchased the CD and last night saw them in concert which was, hands down, THE most enjoyable show I've seen in .......well possibly ever. The fusion of classical, bluegrass, jazz, and other types of music Time for 3 so exquisitely and soulfully performs will leave you enthralled. I can't stop listening! My brother, a violin, mandolin, and guitar teacher plays it for all of his students to inspire, and now my 16 year old niece is also hooked after attending last night's concert. Enjoy!