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Album Review

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, Rovi

Customer Reviews

3 Fervent Travelers

Well lads, it's about time! I landed in Philly about 4-5 years back for a convention, only to arrive in the midst of a transportation strike. Nowhere to go! What to do... hmm... there's this museum within walking distance of my hotel, why not? And so I stumbled upon Time for Three for the first time. As a cellist I have some appreciation for what is required to bring out a pure tone, and these guys were spot on every time. And what talent! I never saw any of the museum that night; I just sat enthralled by these guys. So this new album popped onto iTunes at midnight, and I snapped it up 2 hours later. If anything, these guys are even better than when I saw them last. Ranaan pulls mellow sounds out of that bass that very few guys can do - people like Edgar Meyer or Rob Wasserman - rare company indeed. And when you see Zach and Nick playing, one can easily see how much fun they have plying their craft. They love what they do! And we love to watch and listen. I would be most interested to know more about how they recorded this CD - the sonic quality is incredible. Any audiophile would be happy to acquire this!

3 Fervent Travelers

How I came across TF3 was being intrigued by a promotional poster my high school orchestra director had in her office about 4 or 5 years ago and seeing the unique combination of 2 violins and a bass forming a trio. Naturally, I did my research and instantly bought the first 2 albums "TF3" and "We Just Burned This for You." A few years later, and after having the opportunity to see them perform live a couple of times, I am exstatic that "3 Fervent Travelers" is the product of obvious dedication and a deep passion for music. The covers that were arranged are some of the best I have ever heard, and the original compositions are amazing! The variety of songs between the hardcore fiddling, jazzy rhythms, and tricky pizzicato passages is nothing but fulfilling. Anyone who listens to this album will not be disappointed... there is something for everyone to enjoy: jazz, bluegrass, pop/rock, and many more. Zach, Nick, and Ranaan are an unstoppable force... Nothing is impossible for these guys!

Fantastic Album

I love love love this album. Time for Three is the perfect combination of incredible technique and artistic creativity. Even if you're not "in" to classical music, you'd probably like Tf3 (unless of course you have totally terrible taste).

3 Fervent Travelers (Bonus Track Version), Time for Three
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