Welcome to PRESENT TENSE Jazz!!
So what is OUR jazz? It is original, adult contemporary instrumental jazz with unique compositions written to be memorable, musical, accessible and exciting to listen to. The tunes are also "organic" & "theatrical," and are highly improvisational especially in live performances where our trio (often with special guests) can "stretch out" and experiment "on the fly."
PRESENT TENSE Jazz gets you groovin' and keeps "bringing you back home!"
All of the composition are penned by Richard Frank (acoustic bass)and Ronnie Kaufman (drums/percussion). On this debut CD "Night Shadows," we are proud to be accompanied by pianists John Enrico Douglas (tracks 1 - 5) and Chad Edwards (tracks 6 - 12).
All of the main tracks were recorded LIVE in the studio - damn few over dubs. So what you hear is a tight sound that's polished but also a live interaction - not layered to a drum machine! For texture, we added a few layers of percussion and just a tad of synth patches to fill it in hear and there.
Having a notable career with the GAP Band, Ronnie has established himself as one of today's most accomplished and talented drummers. With a strong background in jazz in combination with his solid R&B roots, his grooves and feel is always present. Richard's background of classical, jazz, 70's rock, and world musics give the group a solid bottom both rhythmically and harmonically. Seeing the acoustic bass as having a much "bigger bottom," the instrument is that added difference in achieving a unique contemporary & accessible sound the band sought to achieve.
We guarantee all our CD's. If you ever have a problem let us know. And please be sure to listen to our samples!