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“Pianist-composer-double bassist John Funkhouser is a man of many talents. He teaches "ear training" at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and plays in several ensembles. He has worked with artists and ensembles as far-ranging as vocalist Luciana Souza, Mark Harvey's Aardvark Orchestra and the MIT Wind Ensemble.
Time, a 70 minute-plus collection of impressive reworkings of standard tunes and 6 fine originals, has just been issued on the pianist's Jazsyzygy label. I think you'll like what you hear. Like many of today's more "progressive" piano trios, the Funkhouser 3 blends many different styles into its repertoire, moving easily and, often, gracefully, from richly melodic pieces to Latin flavored romps to more abstract moments to funky rumpshakers. The press release for the new CD makes reference to the trio's penchant for odd time signatures but that should not put you off. This music is so well-played and enjoyable, this "time" is of the essence.”
Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant, November, 2009