Album Review: "Good Time" by III Gran (7/10)

III Gran Music

Producer: Nat Townsley

Drawing on decades of brilliant sideman work with superstars, the adventurous, hard grooving and swinging trio of drummer Nat Townsley (Alejandro Sanz, Joe Zawinul, Stevie Wonder), bassist Ron Long (Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys) and keyboardist Glenn Gibson (Le’Andria Johnson, Donnie McClurkin) whip up a monster retro-minded, wildly funky set that puts a contemporary twist on classic, trippy synth driven, improvisational soul/jazz and jazz fusion vibes. Mixing a few tasty covers among the even more dazzling originals, they pay homage to their individual gospel roots and the influence of Bob James and Phil Collins, among others.