group Times 4 is Lincoln Adler's project. Friends of smooth jazz will
certainly know Lincoln Adler by his albums The Dream and Short Stories. But Lincoln's heart beats for contemporary jazz: “My
previous projects focused on a side of music I definitely love, but
really gave off no sense of my jazz roots,” he says. “I’ve
always loved improvisation, soloing in the jazz context, even when I
was playing the more pop oriented tunes. With so many musical choices
out there, the challenge is to get people’s attention with something
unique and different from anything else. Going more commercial on the
previous efforts earned me some respect, but I didn’t feel I was
always doing what came naturally."
With the foundation of his own
label "Groove Tonic Media" Lincoln has the opportunity to
fulfill his ideas. As a result he released his solo album Are You
In There? (2004) and with his group Times 4 the album Seductivity
Relations (2007) is the second
album of the group and following Lincoln's statement a testimonial
of contemporary jazz. Times 4 is a live band which is frequently
performing in the San Francisco area. So it's naturally that the band
developed their sound over the last four years with regular
performance at clubs and other events. The new album is inspired by
the spontaneous interaction between group and audience and this spirit
is to hear on every track of the album. Contemporary jazz fans love
improvisation and spontaneity. Lincoln Adler's impetus is to
incorporate this spirit in his new work.
MO is the nickname of drummer
Maurice Miles. He gave the idea for this tune with a driving drum beat
in 5/4. Lincoln and the band created around this beat the first song
of the album. The tune has a dynamic melody line on which Lincoln
expands a powerful sax solo.
Mojito is a cocktail of white
rum, lime, fresh mince, sugar and soda. Mojitos were the second
favorite drink (after Daiquiris) of the writer Ernest Hemingway. This
"muddling" of the Mojito is similar to the mélange of
styles of this tune. Lincoln lures the audience with a sultry melody
into a freeform jazz section. While sugar sweetens rum Lincoln makes
The word Thickness in a
figurative sense is often used for richness of life. Kevin Lofton
starts the tune with a funky bass line. This triggered bass
performance is the leading motif embellished by Greg Sankovich on keys
and Lincoln Adler on sax. There are many dynamic exchanges on this
tune. I especially like that Lincoln avoids the usual and often copied
platitudes of sax play.
The tune Cell Phone has a
curious source. "Originally the tune based on a freestyle jam we
improvised at a performance. The song came together immediately and
the band knew it had to be documented, the only recording device
available was a lo-fi cell phone and it's limited 10 sec memory,
" Lincoln reports.
Enterlude is a short tune anew
inspired by Kevin's bass line. This is pure interaction which makes a
tune vivid. Lincoln pulls all the stops of his rich experience as
longtime sax player.
Listeners of smooth jazz will discover
the romantic tune Full Moon. But after the
first two minutes the character of the tune is interrupted by a jazz
interlude. Minutes later the unexpected journey continues with an epic
soundscape. After a short return to the sultry melody we find ourselves
again in between the jazz genre. "The full moon is also a key
theme in our CD's cover art, entitled "Dreaming", by our
most talented artist friend Lu Hong.
It represents the fertility of imagination, cycles of life, and
thickness of relations," Lincoln comments.
The title track
Relations incorporates the spirit of the group, interaction
between bass, sax, keys and drums. A further virtue of the group is
the dynamic of the songs and the respect between all musicians. Every
member of the group gets his space to expand his talent and the
possibilties of his instrument.
Central Park is another song
which was created during one of the live improvisations. Inspired by
the crowd, the mood of the evening and other elements the song is
grown. An extensive solo of keyboardist Greg Sankovich,
a further solo by Lincoln and soon the tune breaks the time line of 9
Hericane moves between 5/4
meter and 4/4 meter. That makes the tune a bit difficile to play. No
problem for these excellent musicians.
Exitlude is a reprise of Enterlude
repeating the previous theme with new variations of keyboard and sax.
Relations evolves the idea of
Seductivity to a new higher level. Lincoln Adler reconciles smooth
and contemporary jazz by combining the best of both genres.
- Times 4 - Website
- Review about Seductivity
- Buy the album at
- Title: Relations
Artist: Times 4
Genre: Contemporary Jazz
Label: Groove Tonic Media
01 M.O. [7:01]
02 Mojito [5:28]
03 Thickness [5:23]
04 Cell Phone [5:03]
05 Enterlude [2:46]
06 Full Moon [6:13]
07 Relations [8:14]
08 Central Park [9:21]
09 Hericane [5:57]
10 Exitlude [1:53]