January/February 1998

Tim Ries
Imaginary Time

Imaginary Time is a bracing, easily digestible collection of modern bop and dreamy ballads from altoist, Tim Ries. On the jubilant mid-tempo, "She Walks In Beauty," Ries displays his knack for concocting blues-drenched bop, while wistful explorations like "Jasia" and "Ode To Pops" illustrate his fancy for picturesque ruminations. Supported by a stellar cast that includes drummers Billy Hart and Joey Baron, trumpeters Randy Brecker and Scott Wendholt and bassist Scott Colley, Ries offers an engaging and imaginative outing, that's definitely worthy of a listen.

Originally published in January/February 1998
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