Times 4 - Seductivity
Lincoln Adler is in music business since a longtime. He performed
on albums by artists such as kd lang, Olivia Newton-John, and The
Jets, has been in bands opening for Lee Ritenour, BB King, Sonny
Rollins, Robert Cray and Roy Hargrove. He was the featured sax soloist
on the theme song for the TV show The Newz. Some of his soundtrack
work includes a tune on Fox TV’s “New York Undercover,” the
score for the film “On The Edge” and the tune “Read My Lips”
from the film “Rich Girl.” He was also member of the Mildred
Snitzer Orchestra, featuring actor/pianist Jeff Goldblum. He has
already released several solo albums like "Dream" (1996),
"Short Stories" (1997), "Are You In There" (1999)
and "Sax Therapy" (2004). Comparing those album one can
state that Lincoln is very ambivalent in his music style. One can
listen to Jazz, Smooth Jazz, Contemporary jazz and New Age.
is living in Berkeley, California again, where he met Maurice Miles
(drums), Greg Sankovich (keyboards) and Kevin Lofton (bass).
All together they founded the band
"Times 4" and their debut album is "Seductivity"
(2004). You can see the cats often performing in Jupiter
2181 Shattuck Avenue (at Center Street), Berkeley. A popular place for
drinking, eating, small talks and live music. The new album is exactly
catching the atmosphere of a live group with a big bunch of fusion.
Don't await Smooth Jazz.
Honestly: Lincoln's secret love is contemporary jazz and that album is
a lot of fun.
shows much improvisation on saxophone and keyboards. The mood is funky
and vibrant. Wah-wah-guitar, organ sound and the precise beat
say acid jazz is alive. This music is standing in the tradition of
groups as the James Taylor Quartet, Liquid Soul, US3, Martin, Medeski
& Wood and others.
adds some Latin flavor to the acid jazz. Funky organ is mixed with
salsa piano and in between Lincoln Adler follows energetically the
melody line. Excellent rhythm set by drummer Maurice Miles.
is a slow tempo tune with a contemplating character. From 3:07
the tune is changing the rhythm to a reggae tune. Then the tune
returns to the old melody line.
The title Seductivity
means a measurement of ones ability to seduce. In second line
it's a very organatic tune with a blowing sax basing on a Middle
Down Low is
a live improvisation. Recorded at the Shattuck Down Low in
Berkeley the piece shows the impetus of the group: Playing freestyle
music improvisation, performing progressive jazz.
sounds like an alteration of Winelight. There are similarities in
arrangement and theme.
Outgoing from a simple bass melody
line of three notes Distracted is
showcasing Lincoln's and Greg's improvisation talent. If you like the
Hammond B3, have a sample.
Uncle Funker and Balancing
Stick are further tunes with a great dose of improvisations.
The band will certainly gain much
respect and acclamation by jazz friends and fans of live music.
Times 4's next CD is expected Summer 2005.