Loz Speyer - trumpet / flugelhorn
Martin Hathaway - alto sax / bass clarinet
Stuart Hall - guitar / violin
Dave Manington - double bass
Andy Ball - drums
Maurizio Ravalico - congas
Time Zone thrives on the idea of crossing the lines between different rhythmic grooves/ musical languages/ cultures/ time zones, exploring the sounds that happen when two distinct musical elements collide, fuse and interact, without losing their original identity. So for example traditional Afro-Cuban rhythms transposed into an odd time signature ("odd meter clave"), as a space to leap into for collective improvisation...
"There is an intriguingly saturnine quality in both the leaders compositions and the bands execution, a sense of hard-edged modernity that has a side-winding thrust reminiscent of Dave Holland's ensemble at times... An ensemble led by a trumpeter/composer who has absorbed the essence of Cuban music and distilled it quite cunningly into an improvisatory context with no compromise to either culture. The result is gritty, graceful sounds with a dark-light intensity."
Kevin Legendre, Echoes
This is bilingual music with Jazz and Afro-Cuban elements re-assembled, as in collage, or mutated to fit odd meters, more common in eastern Europe, and yet it still feels Cuban... and then the groove can change suddenly, like turning a corner, a new view opening up, another way of looking at things... unusual, deeply humourous music expressing some of the surreal complexity of life in Cuba, and of human life in general.
"Imaginative fusions of Cuban dance forms and pungent contemporary jazz.... Hathaway's soulful alto sax sound and Speyer's trumpet phrasing (like Miles Davis in a salsa brass section) make a flexible front line, and on tracks such as the opening Conjunto and the jubilant Miracle Maricel, a restless, New York-downtown contemporary-jazz feel blends effectively with the intricate Cuban grooves... A typically shrewd fusion of the time senses of two quite different cultures."
John Fordham, the Guardian
"Timezone have a deep, organic understanding of Afro-Cuban rhythms and textures, which they fuse cleverly and compellingly with the more improvisatory jazz of the US mainland... All in all, another delicious evening of first-order live music."
Ian Kingsbury - click here for full review