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Time Crunch

NiacinAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Magna Carta
  • ASIN: B00005Y1TJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,133 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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A fast, fluid, fun, and out-of-the-box jazz/fusion exploration, Time Crunch features the immense talents of bassist Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Talas, David Lee Roth), keyboardist John Novello (Chick Corea, Andy Summers), and drummer Dennis Chambers (George Clinton, Stanley Clarke). Their pedigrees are as impressive as the intricate instrumental odyssey they travel though as Niacin. The triumvirate's fifth outing is full of rich, jazzy, classic-rock-influenced explorations that also have sensual and sonorous sides. Fans of progressive rock will enjoy the covers of King Crimson's moody, ominous "Red" and Jan Hammer's elaborate and memorable "Blue Wind." With the exception of the gentle and reflective "Glow" (which is dedicated to Novello's late wife), the disc's 11 intense and impressive tracks possess a sense of fun and lightness that won't scare off jazz newbies. --Katherine Turman

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing!!!!! June 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Yes, five exclamation points. Surely I exaggerate, right? Not here. Niacin's Time Crunch is an aggressively awesome jazz-fusion album dripping both chops and infectious energy. It's so musically intense that I'm not really prepared to say it's melodic in the sense of "catchiness," but at the same time it's very hard to stop listening to it. Other reviewers have thrown the word "addictive" around, and let me tell you this CD makes heroin seem like peanut butter cookies. (Okay, now I'm exaggerating...) If John Novello isn't the best keyboardist in the world, he's pretty damn close. No one 'rocks' with the keyboard like this guy does. His Hammond B3 onslaught would make Keith Emerson sound tepid in comparison. His frenzied, reeling organ rocks atop the fusillading bass of Billy Sheehan and polyrhythmic drumming of Dennis Chambers with heart-stopping precision and energy. This album just rips, no doubt about it. There are times when the album slows down and goes for more easygoing jazz grooves like "Hog Funk" -- not an exhilarating song like "Elbow Grease" or "Time Crunch", but still captivating on sheer groove-power. This band must have sold their souls to the devil to become such mighty groove-demons! "Invisible King" is a slow eerie cut with pianos and Hammonds painting doomy tones. There are two cover songs, where Niacin tackles the stormy "Red" by King Crimson and later keyboardist Jan Hammer's proggy jazz-rock tune "Blue Wind".
As tri-ryche mentions in his review, this power trio replaces the guitar with the keyboardist. You may doubt a band's jazzy rock power when they don't even have a guitar in the line-up, but I can assure you John Novello's keys rock more than 99% of the Joe Guitar Men out there -- he has the awesome B3, gritty lead tone, and bobbling pianos.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a rush! What a trip! What a Crunch!!! March 29, 2002
By Archel
Format:Audio CD
The most surprisingly addictive instrumental album?! 'Wonderful rush,' 'exciting trip,' 'flawless,' 'I want more,' are the sorts of phrases that come to mind when listening to Time Crunch, but it's really hard to explain why.
I purchased it based primarily on reviews by musicians praising the incredible abilities of the three virtuosos involved. However, as the album only seemed to gain attention from musicians, I was sceptical about the possibility of it becoming a key member of my collection. I do love superior musicianship, but, as a non-musician, find it hard to appreciate virtuosity when it is an end in itself. The expectation was that this would be another one of those albums where the virtuosity would blow me away for the first few spins and then wear off for lack of substance. WRONG!!!
Time Crunch is tightly packed with infectiously groovy and/or melodic, intense (in a fun way), progressive and rock-solid tracks, which poke into jazz and rock territory without being limited by the boundaries of either. Although not easy to classify, it will surely be appreciated by anybody who is into challenging jazz and/or rock.
Time Crunch is an awesome driving album, but it is also great for a party (of people with good taste) or for a loud morning blast to sharpen your dazed mind and energise you for a positive and action-packed day.
Everybody knows Billy Sheehan as the bass virtuoso from Mr Big and David Lee Roth's band, but you only know half the story until you've heard him with Niacin. His playing here is so inspired, soulful, fluid and so integrated into the band's sound that you are almost certain to start crying out 'shame, shame, shame' over the fact that he is primarily associated with his more commercially oriented projects.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Furious Fusion! December 26, 2002
Format:Audio CD
What do you get when you combine the complexity of jazz, the grooviness of funk, and the drive of rock and roll? The answer is Niacin, and their latest album, "Time Crunch" is thrilling fusion of the highest order.
First things first. These guys can play. Niacin is the ultimate "power trio". Even bands like Rush and Primus, talented as they are, could surely take some lessons from these guys. On your first inspection of the CD, you may notice that there is no guitarist to be found here. Well, don't despair, because once you hear the great John Novello in action, you will undoubtedly forget all about it. This guy is an incredible keyboardist, seamlessly combining upbeat Hammond organ, melodic piano, and shredding solos. Billy Sheehan makes for a great companion. Often called the "Eddie Van Halen of bass", he surely lives up to his name. He shreds, taps, grooves, and all on a 4-string bass. And then we have Dennis Chambers. What a drummer. Insanely complex, inhumanly fast, and on top of that, he can hold some pretty sick grooves. Many of the best drummers are all flash and no groove, but not Chambers. He's one of the grooviest drummers I've ever heard, as well as the most technically proficient. Another thing I like about his playing is that he never "overplays". Meaning, for all the amazing stuff he does on the kit, he never sounds like he's pushing himself, or playing to his full potential. Take that for what it's worth, but I think that really says something.
Now, onto the music. I think this album is excellent from start to finish. It starts off with a bang, with the energetic "Elbow Grease", and never lets up from there.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great
I recommend this to progressive rock fans.
good drumming at the end of song 11
check out track 6
and probably 3 other songs as well, some excellent very fast... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin William Finn
5.0 out of 5 stars HOLY SMOKES!
I've had the pleasure of seeing these guys 4 times and they are indeed the real deal. You wanna talk power trio look not further than this. I've sat less than 10 feet from Mr. Read more
Published on September 23, 2008 by Baddstuff
4.0 out of 5 stars Niacin - More On The Fusion Side Of The Progressive Rock Fence
"Time Crunch" is another slab progressive rock, blues, fusion instrumental fury from Chambers, Novello, and Sheehan. Read more
Published on November 4, 2007 by Steven Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars NO GUITAR!?!.......WHO CARES!!!
Yes, I usually prefer my Prog/ Fusion with a generous helping of guitar, however, these gentlemen have released yet another great disc that proves it can be done sucsessfully with... Read more
Published on June 15, 2007 by Jeffrey G. Stevenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible!
Let me start out saying that I'm a guitarist, and it doesn't bother me in the least that there's no guitar on this! Read more
Published on September 25, 2006 by Douglas R. Dickeson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good.
A lot of people think Niacin is something that is in their cereal, but it's not. It's a band.
Published on September 27, 2003 by Sam Penison
4.0 out of 5 stars Along with "High Bias" the best effort by Niacin ...
Well this album could be a classic fusion stuff from the USA in the future, even though their debut album was more progressive oriented ... Read more
Published on March 22, 2003 by Lethe
5.0 out of 5 stars Niacin's "Time Crunch" runs the Musical Clock
Niacin's fifth album "Time Crunch" is an unbelievable mix of funk, rock, jazz and r&b and this three piece band does it all very, very well. Read more
Published on November 30, 2002 by D. L. Worthing
5.0 out of 5 stars Niacin
Billy Sheehan is my hero! What a great bass player. This Niacin CD is AWESOME and I recommend all of their CDs. A MUST-HAVE for bassists, drummers, and keyboardists. Great music!
Published on July 15, 2002 by Mark Sobus
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST for Emerson-fans!
Folks,if you like Keith Emerson's playing in his good old days, get this!If you like the groove from Hendrix's Band of Gyppsys, get this album! Read more
Published on May 25, 2002 by george kanakaris
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