Denman Maroney - Ratzo B. Harris - Bob Meyer
Piano & Compositions Bass & Compositions Drums & Cymbals
The recordings now playing were made at Denman Maroney's home in Monsey NY on April 16 and 17, 2011 by Scott Wilson.
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Alt.Timers plays tunes in layers of time: two in Frogs and Hamlet; three in Fowler’s Blues, Kilter, and MC; six in Lattice; an evolving pair in One Off, or Two. Call it cubist jazz. In most music you relate to a beat. In ours you pick a beat to relate to. Pick another, and your perspective changes. Listen casually, and it sounds loose; closely, and it sounds tight. In most harmony, a chord sounds different if the intervals are inverted. In our temporal harmony or relative time, the same thing happens with rhythm. This is perfectly natural. Stars, planets, and moons keep separate but related times—the music of the spheres—as do clouds, waves, birds, arms, legs, eyes, ears, lungs, hearts, and minds. And we think we keep time by our watches! No; we keep alternate times.
"Ratzo defies musical gravity as he explores, wanders and expounds upon the outer reaches of his instrument."
Peter La Barbera, The Jazz Zine
have been tinkering with the guts of their instruments for nearly a
century now, but it's altogether likely that no one has explored the
art of prepared piano as diligently or creatively as hyperpianist
Time Out New York
Pianist and composer Denman Maroney takes
his inspiration from John Cage, Ornette Coleman, Henry Cowell, Duke
Ellington, Charles Ives, Scott Joplin, Olivier Messiaen, Thelonius
Monk, Conlon Nancarrow, Harry Partch, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, among
others. He uses extended performance techniques he calls hyperpiano and rhythmic ideas he calls temporal harmony
to compose and improvise in multiple tempos. He has recorded as both a
leader and sideman with an impressive roster of musicians, including
"Meyer added color changes with his ride cymbal. During Moore's bass solo Meyer displayed exceptionally skillful playing, using his snare in clairvoyant unity with Waldron's left-hand comping."
Earshot Jazz (Seattle)
Drummer Bob Meyer has had a long and distinguished career, playing and recording with Joe Lovano, John Scofield, Ed Schuller, Ken Werner, Judi Silvano, Perry Robinson, Glenn Moore, Cameron Brown, Andy Statman, Sheila Jordan, Ray Nance, Art Davis, Jaki Byard, Paul McCanless, Julian Priester, Gary Peacock, Peggy Stern, Bert Wilson, Diane Schurr, Stanley Cowell, Mal Waldron, David Friesen, Jim Pepper, Red Rodney, Itzhak Perlman, Arnie Lawrence, James Moody, Kirk Leitsey, Avishi Cohen, Wayne Horvitz, John Abercrombie, Drew Gress, Mike Bisio, Don Friedman, James Emery, Tony Malaby, Essiet Essiet, Santi Debriano, Vic Juris, Harvey Wainapel, Peter Barshay and Mel Martin among many others. He is co-leader of Jackalope with John Abercrombie and Loren Stillman; The New Quartet with Abercrombie, Adam Kolker, Johannes Weidenmuller; and his own group, Mount Airy, performs Jewish liturgical music in a modern improvisational style.