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Thief of Time
     

Thief of Time

by Artie Traum
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
Label:
Roaring Stream
UPC:
0789456818185
catalogNumber:
7
Rank:
228594

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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
Paul Antonell   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
yukio Yanagi   Cover Photo
Susanne Murtha   Graphic Design

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