"...Brough’s sax kicks in. The rhythm section catches fire culminating in Terry Clarke’s kick-ass drum solo.
"...to kick back and enjoy, you can’t go wrong with
Brough’s CD, Time Away"
Oct 21 '08, earshot-online, Jim Dupuis
Time Away, the latest offering from The Bob Brough Quartet is essentially a mainstream, instrumental jazz CD which showcases the talents of the entire quartet. Bob Brough is the leader and main composer, but Time Away is not all about Bob. His compositions are meticulous as usual and he gives free rein to all his band members, so they can take extended solos which show off their talents. Why not? When you assemble a group of first class musicians such as this, it would be silly to have them play in the background. The CD may not be all about Bob’s sax, but thankfully it does play a big part. He may be one of the most under-rated sax players around. Then again maybe he isn’t. Year after year Brough appears on some really good albums. A few years ago it was on Lara Skye’s The World Disappears and last year he was on Carol McCartney’s fine CD A Night in Tunisia. This year it’s his turn with Time Away and he doesn’t disappoint. It contains eight tracks and Brough has composed seven of these. On the opening track, “Traneian Blue,” he reminds us of John Coltrane and shows how much range a tenor sax can actually have. On the second track, “Entity,” Brough’s early sax passage sets up Artie Roth’s bass line and melds with young Adrean Farrugia’s piano which is being used as a rhythm instrument, then Farrugia takes the lead and tune fades into a flourish of notes. Farrugia contributes the only non-Brough composition “Light Chasers” and the piano intro has a slow, dark, classical feel to it, but Brough’s sax kicks in and the bass/drum rhythm section catches on fire culminating in Terry Clarke’s kick-ass drum solo. The playing doesn’t get up to the speed of light, but close enough for me!
This may be a mainstream CD, but don’t expect a bunch of boring ballads. Even “Winter Waltz” moves along at a quick pace. The one real ballad is the title track “Time Away.” It gives the listeners a chance to catch their breaths. Here, Clarke shows he can also have a light touch on the cymbals and Brough and Farrugia’s extended solos elicit pictures of couples in formal gowns and tuxes waltzing the night away. The CD ends with a pretty blues, “Blue Pickup.” This brought to mind the last couple waltzing in a dimly lit bar. It really has that 40’s film noir feel about it. As in the first track, Brough gets the most out of the upper range of his instrument and Roth’s steady bass line shines through.
Born in 1948 in Toronto, at 14 Bob was handed a baritone saxophone, his first musical instrument, in high school. Within days, his artistic vision was born
'to make music and be heard.'
Bob is 'The Senator' of Globe & Mail jazz critic Mark Miller’s book 'Boogie, Pete, and The Senator' - published by Nightwood Editions in 1987.
Studies: woodwind performance, harmony, and arranging with Paul Brodie and Gordon Delamont mid to late 1960s. Followed into the mid-seventies by private flute lessons.
In 1990, Bob obtained a Canada Council Arts B Grant for composition and over that year he wrote several compositions which have since been recorded.
In 2001, he was invited to a short-term residency in jazz performance at the Banff Centre For the Arts.
Performer: Bob is best known as a tenorman who’s appeared over the years with various rock, jazz, and classical artists and has recorded as a sideman on many recordings including 2 Juno-nominated CDs with 'Time Warp' during the 1980’s. More recently recorded examples of particular note are his solo and ensemble performances on tenor saxophone on Richard Underhill’s 2003 Juno-award winning CD 'tales from the blue lounge.'
November 2003, Bob produced and released his debut instrumental CD 'A Decade Of Favorites.' Its best charting achievement was at #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts 'ChartAttack' and ‘Earshot.’
May 2005, he released a vocal CD 'Like A Spring Day' featuring 9 of his own compositions with lyrics written by Sonja Tran and sung by Carol McCartney. Best charting achievement was #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts 'ChartAttack' and ‘Earshot.’
November 2008, will see the release of another instrumental CD ‘Time Away’ featuring 7 of his compositions plus 1 composition by Adrean Farrugia. All performed with sidemen Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums.
…46 years later, Bob’s original artistic vision, 'to make music and be heard,' continues.