Tim Reynolds and TR3
Tim Reynolds and TR3
“TR3 rips through some funk, rock and even Latin music. Reynolds changes guitars for nearly every song, bringing out a Flying V, a Fender Strat and even playing some slide. The entire three-piece band is solid and Reynolds’ fretwork is about as good as you will find. Reminiscent of Steve Howe, Steve Vai and Carlos Santana, Reynolds is as crafty and inventive as he is quick and versatile. TR3 is worth the price of admission.” –PressofAtlantic City.com
With a musical career spanning more than thirty-five years, guitarist, sonic innovator, and two time Grammy nominee, Tim Reynolds, is known for his masterful command of melody and timing and for his uncanny ability to improvise on any instrument he touches. Having explored most musical styles, from rock, jazz and blues to classical and reggae, Reynolds’ wide-ranging musical versatility is evident each time he picks up his electric or acoustic guitar. It was in the mid 1980s in Charlottesville, Virginia, when Reynolds founded his breakthrough electric power trio, TR3 (Tim Reynolds Trio), known for their fusion of funk, rock, and jazz. Reynolds toured with TR3 during the 1980s and 1990s, using a rotating cast of musicians. It was at this time he befriended Dave Matthews and their ongoing musical collaboration began. After a chance meeting with two talented musicians, bass player Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier, a few rehearsals later and several stealth appearances throughout North Carolina, Reynolds decided to resurrect the electric TR3 and they’ve been touring ever since. In 2009, their first studio CD Radiance was nominated for Home Grown Music Network’s Album of the Year. TR3 released their first double live CD, From SPACE and Beyond in June 2011.
This sonically engaging two-disc live set From SPACE and Beyond is a goldmine for electronic rock lovers. Starting the album off is “Do You Wanna” with smoke stained vocals that expose Reynolds’ softer side to an otherwise peculiar raspy sensuality. “Mercury Direct” features drums that sound as though they were knocking on a door, a truly ethereal sound, like the score to an animated zombie space odyssey film utilizing effects that further accentuate the feeling of being abducted by aliens. Disc 2 is shorter in length but no less enriching. “Indoctrinate” with Jeff Coffin is intriguing with lyrics such as “the media is a weapon of mass destruction,” followed by more colorful language about masturbation that acts as unexpected commentary on the duplicity of government and the comical nature of sexuality in terms the everyman can understand. Finally, “Hocus Pocus” is a fitting title to a tune that could accompany a video game, propelling itself into a traditional rock feel that boomerangs in the end with a stepwise operatic vocal line befitting the beginning epic video game sentiment. Overall, From SPACE and Beyond is a psychically droning rock space adventure destined to be played on your speakers.
TR3’s latest release, From SPACE and Beyond, electric, funky, operatic, and edgy is a phenominal live recording…a mix of updated Reynolds’ classics to wild covers of everything from James Brown, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson and Focus to TR3’s ever-evolving catalog of new material. Reynolds is one of the most talented and thoughtful musicians on the circuit today. Technically brilliant, yet emotionally honest, Reynolds’ music is inspired and authentic.