Time Away was recorded at one of the finest recording studios in the world, CBC Studio 211, which boasts of a fine grand piano once played by the celebrated pianist Glenn Gould.
Time Away has been referred to as Bob's best CD yet, a fact which Bob would attribute to the band's having been actively working and playing together with a consistent membership for three years; developing the music in live venues in the presence of enthusiastic audiences.
As a listening experience, the CD flows well. It begins with a rousing blues written by Bob Brough dedicated to the great John Coltrane which gives ample opportunity for Brough's saxophone to wail while the rhythm section churns below and each one in turn takes his own solo. Terry Clarke's amazing drum solo, in trading choruses with the saxophone, leads the band back home to play the tune out. The CD continues with compositions of a variety of tempos and meters to finish with a good old-fashioned shuffle blues. A punctuation in the experience occurs with an adventuresome composition by Adrean Farrugia. All other compositions are by Brough.
Praise for Bob Brough
Time Away CD ...Brough's sax kicks in and the bass/drum rhythm section catches on fire culminating in Terry Clarke's kick-ass drum solo ...to enjoy some jazz, you can't go wrong with The Bob Brough Quartet's CD, Time Away." --Jim Dupuis, Earshot
Like A Spring Day CD ...offers the opportunity to showcase the talents of singer Carol McCartney. Bob Brough impressed us last year on his debut CD and, likewise, as an accompanist he proves equally adept. We get to hear him solo on every track and also provide gorgeous obbligatos behind McCartney in a manner that you'd associate with Stan Getz or Scott Hamilton." --Michael P. Gladstone, All About Jazz
Live Performance Review ...charming and sophisticated new melodies, interesting lyrics, top quality musicianship and wonderful performance values. A very large and enthusiastic audience of about five hundred would definitely agree." --Larry Rossignol, Distillery Jazz Festival
A Decade Of Favorites CD ...the result is a highly listenable collection of mainstream jazz, with the occasional quirk. This is timeless music, recorded in a straightforward fashion without any trickery that might otherwise date it. This would appear to be the first CD released under Brough's name; for fans of mainstream jazz one can only hope that this will not be the last." --John Kelman
Live Performance Review ...His approach has its basis in the style of John Coltrane, moderated by the lyrical grace and dark, smoky tone of a Stan Getz... His delivery is the thing, finally… honest and heartfelt in a way that slowly but surely elevates his ideas and transcends his influences." --Mark Miller, The Globe and Mail
About Bob Brough
Born in 1948 in Toronto, at 14 Bob was handed a baritone saxophone, his first musical instrument, in high school. Within days, his artistic vision was born to make music and be heard." Bob is The Senator" of Globe & Mail jazz critic Mark Miller's book Boogie, Pete, and The Senator, published by Nightwood Editions in 1987.
Studies: Woodwind performance, harmony, and arranging with Paul Brodie and Gordon Delamont mid to late 1960s. Followed into the mid-seventies by private flute lessons. In 2001, he was invited to a short-term residency in jazz performance at the Banff Centre For the Arts.
Performer: Bob is best known as a tenorman who has appeared over the years with various rock, jazz, and classical artists and has recorded as a sideman on many recordings including two Juno-nominated CDs with Time Warp during the 1980's. More recently recorded examples of particular note are his solo and ensemble performances on tenor saxophone on Richard Underhill's 2003 Juno-award winning CD Tales from the Blue Lounge.
Composer/Arranger/Bandleader/Producer: November 2003, Bob produced and released his debut instrumental CD A Decade Of Favorites. Its best charting achievement was at #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts ChartAttack" and Earshot." May 2005, he released a vocal CD Like A Spring Day featuring nine of his own compositions with lyrics written by Sonja Tran and sung by Carol McCartney. Best charting achievement was #1 on the National Canadian campus jazz charts ChartAttack" and Earshot." November 2008, will see the release of another instrumental CD Time Away featuring seven of his compositions plus one composition by Adrean Farrugia. All performed with sidemen Adrean Farrugia on piano, Artie Roth on bass, and Terry Clarke on drums.
...46 years later, Bob's original artistic vision, to make music and be heard," continues.