Time in Transit journey into nu jazz on breezy new CD
There is a cool breeze that streams through the self-titled new album of the New York-based band Time in Transit. If there is a better description of the group's calmly self-confident excursion into nu jazz, it cannot be found yet.
Unlike a number of adventurous musicians navigating that genre's waters, Time in Transit operate with a slick smoothness; these songs are shockingly accessible, decorated with enough melodic hooks to reel in the unenlightened.
Much of Time in Transit's mass appeal is due to Glenn White's polished and soulful saxophone work. Even when his group ventures into edgy territory, White remains collected and easygoing. In fact, the opening track "Time Baum" has a deceptively peaceful intro, offering listeners no sneak preview into the tripped-out terrain later awaiting them. White's saxophone is icy and relaxed, gliding across Rob Mitzner's rapid-fire drums that drive the beat forward. It's a brilliant way of kicking off such a quirky LP; gentle enough to attract the most conservative of jazz buffs.
For the most part, White's role is that of the eye of the hurricane to Mitzner, guitarist Casper Gyldensoe, and bassist Dmitry Ishenko. On "Theme Song," Mitzner's shuffling, agitated drums recall the pulsating rhythms of techno; however, White's sax playing is as chilled as ever, even soaring to transcendent heights. "Chant" and "Goth Girl" push the envelope even further. "Chant" sheds the serene atmospherics that White initially paints it with for some compelling dissonance while "Goth Girl" pays homage to the ebony-clad gloom of post-punk. As suggested by their name, Time in Transit never sits still, and each minute spent with them is laced with dry wit and infectious energy.
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