New Audio: Tim Carman Trio Tackles Bud Powell’s “Buster Rides Again”

Drummer Tim Carman is best known for his work with acclaimed Boston-based blues act GA-20, an act which also features Pat Faherty (vocals, guitar) and Matt Stubbs (guitar).

Carman’s latest side project, Tim Carman Trio, which features Carman along with Steve Fell (guitar) and Ken Clark (electric organ) can trace its origins back to 2020: While quarantining in a New Hampshire cabin, Carman spent his time revisiting records records that his first drum teach and member Bob Gullotti introduced him to during Carman’s formative years as an aspiring jazz drummer.

Inspired by 60s soul jazz artists like Jimmy SmithBrother Jack McDuff and others, The Tim Carman Trio is a no-fills, B3 organ, soul jazz outfit. The trio’s Carman and Dave Brophy co-produced full-length debut, Key Lime is slated for release this year through Color Red Music.  

Late last year, I wrote about album single and original composition “Blues for Bob.” Written as a tribute to Gulloti, the composition is a cool and funky strut centered around Carman’s steady and efficient time-keeping and some self-assured and fiery soloing from Fell and Clark.

Key Lime‘s second and latest single see the Tim Carman trio putting a shuffling Art Blakey-like Latin groove on their take on the Bud Powell tune “Buster Rides Again” that features Clark’s muscular organ playing, Fell’s bluesy guitar lines, Carman’s hi-hat driven drumming and some additional percussion accents from Dave Brophy.

“‘Buster Rides Again'” was one of the first tunes I learned when I started studying jazz in high school. After the death of my first drum teacher Bob Gullotti, I spent a lot of time reminiscing about my early years studying music,” Carman recalls. “This recording really stuck with me. I combined this tune with a latin groove inspired by Art Blakey, who I’ve spent a lot of time listening to during quarantine. I didn’t know if the combination of the tune and feel would work until we tried it in the studio. We did one take and that ended being the take we used for the album.”