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3 Fervent Travelers

Audio Samples

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Wyoming 307
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Forget About It
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Ecuador
>Heap, Imogen : Hide and Seek, song
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Don Don
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Of Time and Three Rivers
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Philly Phunk
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Sundays
>Kendall, Nick : Quail Hollow
>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
>Rouse, Ervin T. : The Orange Blossom Special, fiddle piece

Album Summary

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Wyoming 307
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Forget About It
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Ecuador
>Heap, Imogen : Hide and Seek, song
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Don Don
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Of Time and Three Rivers
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Philly Phunk
>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Sundays
>Kendall, Nick : Quail Hollow
>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
>Rouse, Ervin T. : The Orange Blossom Special, fiddle piece
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A flavor of Americana, Jazz, Rock, Classical and something indefinable make Time For three the band for the 21st Century. Zach De Pue, Nick Kendall & Ranaan Meyer met as students at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. They would get together and jam in their spare time. From mountain tunes to originals to the music of Leonard Cohen & Imogene Heap, Time For Three has created a new sound that can appeal to any music fan.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Mondavi Center, University of California, Davis; Field (04/2009/07/2009).

Time for Three -- fiddlers Zach DePue and Nick Kendall and standup bassman Ranaan Meyer -- bill themselves as a genre-stretching, boundary-demolishing trio with a sound all their own. They do have impressive chops and Meyer, the main composer, has skills that draw on a wide range of music, but they're not the only band in the land that's blending classical, bluegrass, Gypsy jazz, and swing in its music. Groups like Leftover Salmon and the Hot Club of Cowtown explore similar territory, maybe without the classical European touches. That said, there's still plenty of remarkable playing on 3 Fervent Travelers. "Wyoming 307" opens the disc in a dark, droning, classical mode, then slowly evolves into a bluegrass barnburner with DePue and Kendall trading off sizzling lead lines and seguing directly into "Forget About It," which continues the bluegrass-style mayhem with the fiddlers slipping up into their ear-tweaking higher registers, each playing a different variation on the melody while Meyer adds rhythmic accents on his bass. "Don Don" opens with a musical quote from "Jailhouse Rock," then Kendall and DePue play an extended jazzy, Grappelli-meets-Bob Wills interlude, dropping out to give Meyer time for a brief solo before their Bill Monroe-meets-Monk finale. The violin accents on "Philly Phunk" live up to the tune's title, while the solos range throughout the blues, jazz, country, and new music spectrum with unpredictable shifts in time, tempo, and timbre. They close the album with a classically influenced arrangement of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" that accents the tune's solemn tone, despite the rippling violin triplets that accent the second chorus. They close with a jazzy version of "Orange Blossom Special" that features Meyer's impressive bass work setting up the dueling fiddles of DePue and Kendall, playing at lightning speed and dropping Arab and Gypsy jazz accents into the mix. ~ j. poet



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Works Details

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Wyoming 307
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Forget About It
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Ecuador
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Heap, Imogen : Hide and Seek, song
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Don Don
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Of Time and Three Rivers
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Philly Phunk
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Meyer, Ranaan L. : Sundays
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Kendall, Nick : Quail Hollow
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Cohen, Leonard : Hallelujah
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Rouse, Ervin T. : The Orange Blossom Special, fiddle piece
  • Performer: Time Three
  • Running Time: 5 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938
  • Studio/Live: Live