Thief of Time

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Artie Traum has long been a folk-rock artist first and foremost, the word "jazz" frequently comes up in connection with the veteran singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist. Traum has often brought a major jazz influence to his work, and he is quite capable of functioning in an instrumental setting (the Traum CD Acoustic Jazz Guitar is a collection of instrumental performances spanning 1992-2004). But Thief of Time is strictly a vocal album; it is also one of Traum's most rewarding and consistent efforts. Traum has, on occasion, recorded albums that were inconsistent and uneven, but this 2007 release is memorable from start to finish -- and Traum (who wrote or ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Although Artie Traum has long been a folk-rock artist first and foremost, the word "jazz" frequently comes up in connection with the veteran singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist. Traum has often brought a major jazz influence to his work, and he is quite capable of functioning in an instrumental setting (the Traum CD Acoustic Jazz Guitar is a collection of instrumental performances spanning 1992-2004). But Thief of Time is strictly a vocal album; it is also one of Traum's most rewarding and consistent efforts. Traum has, on occasion, recorded albums that were inconsistent and uneven, but this 2007 release is memorable from start to finish -- and Traum (who wrote or co-wrote most of the material) excels on tracks that have a strong post-bop jazz influence (such as "Midnight Blue," "Back in the Sugarcane," and the infectious opener, "Bonnie Jean") as well as tracks that don't (for example, "Halifax," "Last Tree in the Bronx," and the haunting "Insult a Man"). A few of the songs find Traum playing some electric guitar (including "Bonnie Jean" and "Cuckoo Bird," another selection with a definite jazz influence), but Traum plays a lot more acoustic guitar on this 48-minute CD -- which is appropriate because even though he clearly knows his way around the electric guitar, he is really an acoustic-oriented artist at heart. Traum's ability to perform instrumentals on other albums does not erase the fact that he is very much a part of the storytelling troubadour tradition; acoustic-oriented settings have a long history of serving troubadours well, and an acoustic-oriented approach certainly serves Traum well on the captivating Thief of Time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2007
  • Label: Roaring Stream
  • UPC: 789456818185
  • Catalog Number: 7

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bonnie Jean (4:41)
  2. 2 Thief of Time (3:39)
  3. 3 Midnight Blue (4:08)
  4. 4 Back in the Sugarcane (4:53)
  5. 5 Where the Blues Began (3:48)
  6. 6 Cuckoo Bird (6:09)
  7. 7 Last Tree in the Bronx (5:26)
  8. 8 Halifax (4:16)
  9. 9 That Secret Place (4:52)
  10. 10 Insult a Man (3:10)
  11. 11 Country Boy Blues (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Artie Traum Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Guitar (Resonator)
John Sebastian Guitar (Electric Baritone), Guest Appearance
Warren Bernhardt Piano
Wendy Waldman Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Gary Burke Drums
Joe Flood Mandolin, Vocal Harmony, Guest Appearance
Tony Levin Bass
Jim Photoglo Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Donna Lewis Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Teresa Williams Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Amy Helm Background Vocals, Guest Appearance
Technical Credits
Artie Traum Arranger, Composer
John Sebastian Composer
Wendy Waldman Arranger, Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Joe Flood Composer
Julie Last Engineer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Paul Antonell Engineer
Traditional Composer
yukio Yanagi Cover Photo
Susanne Murtha Graphic Design
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