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Creating a compelling slate of groove oriented songs that draw from the many styles that have not only intrigued him throughout his life but truly defined his artistry, Reggie Hines vibes on Time Travel with bassist Jonathan Troy (Music Director for Musiq Soulchild and Maxwell), keyboardist Jordache Grant (MD for Jon B), drummer Geremy Winbush and guitarist Mark Strowbridge. When Hines invited his old friend and frequent collaborator Alyson Williams to contribute her vocals to the edgy, wildly funkified, deeply in the pocket first single “Might As Well,” he expected her to add wordless vocals – but she adds to her brilliant vocalizing with the key line “might as well fall in love.” It’s a buoyant, soaring jam that draws from Hines’ love of funk, contemporary jazz and fusion, featuring Hines himself creating an otherworldly vocoder solo in conjunction with Troy’s bouncy bass solo.
Another dazzling highlight track, “I Got You” featuring violin great Karen Briggs, takes us slightly off the beaten urban jazz path for a mystical, dramatic excursion that intertwines Hines’ lush, emotional sax, Briggs’ soaring violin and ominous, then explosive synth energy and trippy effects. It’s an otherworldly ballad centered on Hines’ powerful sax melody and highlighted by the tension between violin and synth, sometimes in a call and response pattern. It’s the perfect fusion of classical music and urban contemporary jazz.
Other highlights include the whimsical and charming, easy flowing ballad “More Special Moments,” which features soulful and seductive old school keyboard harmonies; the charming, slightly exotic and silky smooth “We Meet Again,” highlighted by Mark Strowbridge’s laid back, Hawaiian flavored guitar, old LP style scratches and caressing horn harmonies; and the epic, electrifying and hypnotic mid-tempo synth-sax jam “I’m Back,” which includes Hines’ percussive sax melody, big horn textures on the hook and swirling otherworldly sounds that truly reflect Hines’ sense of musical adventure.