Grammy award winning saxophonist, arranger and composer Mace Hibbard, backed by his long time ensemble, is proud to release his latest endeavor, Time Gone By. Time Gone By is a full throttle voyage firmly respectful of the traditions of jazz, but absolutely cognoscente of modern jazz idioms.
Time Gone By features pianist and composer Louis Heriveaux, bassist Marc Miller, drummer Justin Varnes, trumpeter Melvin Jones and of course the incomparable, Mace Hibbard on saxophone.
Time Gone By is the second contribution by the Mace Hibbard Quintet. His first album, When Last We Met, was released in 2007 to rave reviews and worldwide airplay. Founded in 2005 in Atlanta, having a established, working band is especially important to Hibbard. Says Hibbard, "I've always been influenced by the bands of Miles Davis, Cannonball Adderley and in the modern time, Branford Marsalis and Dave Holland, where the contributions of all of the musicians creates a strong ensemble. I feel that the chemistry and interplay that has developed over the years has really given this band a cohesive sound in how it interprets the music. All of the members of the band have great musical instincts and suggestions, and I want the band to be a platform where they feel their contributions have equal merit. On any given concert, you will hear compositions by all of the members of the band which I feel also adds to the band's distinctive sound."
It is this unwavering connection of musicality that makes Time Gone By a standout recording in 2011.
“Rude on Purpose” opens the set, with high octane verve; adventurous music that swings with all the muscularity and energy of pioneers like Cannonball Adderley, Monk, and Rollins, but pays tribute to that glorious past by daring to advance the science of collective improvisation into the future.
“December 18th” and “Remembrance of Things Past“ are intensely poignant ballads that feature elongated, melodic lines of beauty tastefully supported by Varnes and Miller and underpinned with tasteful harmonies and textures by Heriveaux. Both selections are breathtaking. “Indecision” is a slow burn that calls to minds the style and passion of McCoy Tyner and John Coltrane. The end of "Indecision" highlights the splendid interplay between Hibbard and Jones as they lead the ensemble to a fevered conclusion. “Hallowed Ground” is an extremely unique composition that combines the rhythmic complexity introduced by John Coltrane and Elvin Jones while incorporating modern compositional techniques. The unapologetic swing of Heriveaux's composition, “Theme for Dos Lyn,” is reminiscent of the early Wynton Marsalis ensemble.
A well-traversed cut “Always on My Mind”, made famous by Willie Nelson, lends itself to the theme of time and remembrance throughout the disc, a befitting halfway release in this collection of well-conceived originals. “Slip and Slide” is eloquently named, fast paced and perpetually melodic inventions swirl this up-tempo cut to fervor, as each player more than steps up to the plate. A moody cut, “The Rain King,” is a wonderful counterpoint to relax the listener with a cerebral journey of textural colors and nuance. “La Danza Olvidada” offers a good dose of funky Latin rhythms (provided by Varnes) to spice up the track, and presents a wonderful canvas for Hibbard, Jones and Heriveaux to build upon.
Closing out the offering is the peaceful composition, "For the Memories We Share," a track that releases the listener in a relaxed way, able to reflect upon the musical journey and relish in the passage of Time Gone By, a recording destined to make its mark in jazz.