Late-drummer Paul Motian's work still sounds strikingly contemporary and 1984's Jack of Clubs is no exception. Along with a sparring double tenor front line of Joe Lovano and Jim Pepper, Motian's group also featured kinetic interplay between guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Ed Schuller. This is an album of boldly nuanced post-bop, weaving together elements of atmospheric space jazz, atonal noise-rock, and moments of jarringly beautiful lyricism.
TIME is one of prolific rapper Your Old Droog's definitive releases, mixing captivating storytelling and deeply autobiographical verses with dark humor. MF DOOM, Aesop Rock, Wiki, and Mick Jenkins all provide key guest verses, Edan and Quelle Chris contribute to the album's psychedelic production, and final song "No Time" drives home the album's all-important "love 'em while they're here" message.