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  • Discography
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  • First Memories of Time Warp
    Or: how I came to dig them

  • Toronto's Time Warp is not only one of Canada's longest-lived jazz groups [over fifteen years], but also one of the most artistically significant.
    Time Warp is uncommon for more than its longevity. The bassist and drummer are the band's de facto leaders, which isn't usually the case. Both of them compose -- also rare for a rhythm section. [And what a rhythm section! Combining the supple drive of a Ron Carter with the inventive musicality of an Ed Blackwell -- and then add those horns -- "tasty" doesn't begin to describe these guys.]
    However, the real genius of this band is the skillful way that they focus themselves on a body of original compositions which encompass nearly the whole of jazz chronology: their material ranges from the comfort and honesty of 30s small-group swing to the kaleidoscopic tang of 40s bebop, from the cinematic groove of 50s cool to the ethnic modalism of middle-period John Coltrane, and the fractured, sparkling free sound of the early-60s Ornette Coleman classic quartet with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and Ed Blackwell.
    Even more importantly, though, Time Warp achieves this range without sounding like scattered dilettantes: everything they do sounds like them, revealing the unifying thread of jazz's evolution. Everywhere they venture musically, they sound like they belong. This ability to encompass the entirety of jazz history with a coherent personal sound puts them in the rare company of composers like Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington: high praise, you bet!

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