Guitarist Dom Minasi
formed his group DDT
a few years as a string trio of guitar, bass, and cello. Through this group, Minasi explored jazz along the paths laid out by John Coltrane, Eric Dolphy, Albert Ayler, and Cecil Taylor. His latest incarnation, "DDT+2", featuring cellist Thomas Ulrich and bassist Ken Filiano, continues in this tradition but with the aid of drummer John Bollinger and vocalist Carol Menne (Minasi's wife).
Readers may remember Minasi for his well-received 1974 Blue Note album "When Joanna Loved Me". But after Blue Note was sold by Alfred Lion to United Artists, Minasi's relationship with the company soured and he gave up big-label record deals. He continued working in New York and garnered the praise of such notable guitarists as Jim Hall. All of the compositions on "Time Will Tell"
except for the opening (Wayne Shorter's "Witch Hunt") and closing ("'Round Midnight") are Minasi's tunes. Most of these compositions were written some twenty to twenty five years ago and are things that he always planned to record. Many pay homage to Minasi's musical heroes - Dizzy Gillespie (the lively "Be Op Be Op Be Ah"), Eric Dolphy (the frentic "Waltz for Eric"), and John Coltrane (the lovely ballad "John").
The subdued attack of the trio's string instrumentation leaves plenty of room for a less conscientious drummer to overpower the group, but John Bollinger does an admirable job of laying down time and feel without being overbearing. Both Minasi and cellist Ulrich tend to do a great deal of melodic and harmonic exploration outside of standard confinements, but the group performs cohesively and contributes some fine moments to this unusual and absorbing CD.