We all have it: that nagging list of things we’ve been meaning to get to, projects we’ve been thinking about for years, goals that we just keep putting off for another day. With The Time Is Now, pianist/composer David Hazeltine decides to finally seize the moment and bring one of his long-delayed dream projects to fruition. The new album, due out October 26 via Smoke Sessions Records, finds one of the top pianists of his generation forging an impeccably swinging partnership with two other masters: bassist Ron Carter and drummer Al Foster.
As usual, it took a heady dose of reality to inspire Hazeltine to take this trio outing off of the back burner and bring it to life. Nearing his 60th birthday (which will coincide with the release of the new record), Hazeltine faced a health scare that forced a change in perspective. Realizing that there’s no time like the present, he insisted on finding a time in three very busy schedules when these great artists could share some time in the studio.
DAVID HAZELTINE, piano RON CARTER, bass AL FOSTER, drums
01. The Time is Now 02. The Odd Couple 03. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 04. Cabin in the Sky 05. Blues for Eddie 06. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight 07. When I'm Here with You 08. The Parlayer 09. In a Sentimental Mood 10. Muse of Montgomery 11. Signals