Long Time No Time

Long Time No Time (Jazz/Rock) - Calgary, Canada




Long Time No Time is a five-piece Calgarian horn band formed in September 2017 as an amalgamation of music school nerds from UofC looking to find mainstream outlets. Using horns instead of guitars or keys, they use their academic musical knowledge to explore pop music tropes with technique and precision - all while developing a unique style with thriving energy. An award-winning ensemble, LTNT has played stages across Western Canada including Bermuda Shorts Day, FozzyFest, the National Music Centre at Studio Bell, and more. Categorically ubiquitous, audiences will find themselves steadily surprised by what comes next, the only constant being that no one will be standing still.

Upcoming Shows:
More shows coming soon.



"Big Time (Live at the National Music Centre" Album Review
This live album from Jazz/Rock hybrid act Long Time No Time is 26 tracks long. Out of those 26 tracks, 11 tracks are interludes with spoken dialogue. In this review we'll focus on the music tracks on the album, in order of the tracklist. "Not Exactly An Overture Pt. 1" is more of an intro track than anything else. The track introduces the listener to the technical prowess of what the band has to offer. "Something New" keeps the groove gliding along at a nice melodic pace. The track is awesome in its delivery and lays down some awesome solos. "Sun Song" is an instrumental track that features enough twists and turns to make it pretty digestible in its delivery. "I Don't Wanna Go To School Tomorrow" goes all over the place in its approach. Once the track settles down, it's better for it as it showcases the brilliance of the direction perfectly. "I Don't Have To Go To School Tomorrow" is a slow, methodical track that slows things down for a bit. "Bring It" is a mellow track that brings the pace down a little. The instrumental track is solid in its intention and keeps things interesting. "It Ain't So" is seven minutes of lo fi Jazz/Rock. The track is solid and should garner a few fans off the melodies. "Eh Majah" is an acquired taste of a track. The vocals add a dynamic layer to it but the instrumentation is on point for sure. "Ma7 Chord Song" is an instrumental track that showcases their true talent. They let loose and the track is better off for it. "Strut N Stride" is a pretty laid back affair. It has Summertime vibes as it's strictly instrumental but keeps the tone at a nice solid pace. "Get Up" is a uppity track that will get listeners dancing along right away. The track is outstanding and should be a fan favorite. "Get Down" is an instrumental that features the signature sound that the band is going for perfectly. The track sways to and fro with its Jazz/Rock sound throughout its three minute runtime. "If I Had A Boat" has a bit of Ska to it. The track is more fast paced with its vocals and tempo. The track works really well and is easy to sing along to. "Tom Bone" is more Jazz driven and has a nice beat to it. The track is a gem in the making with all of its intricacies. "The closing track is two tracks in one in "Stubbler's Gump​/​Not Exactly an Overture, Pt. II". The first half ("Stubbler's Gump") is more of an outro while the second half ("Not Exactly An Overture Pt. II") seems like a bonus track. They both work for what they do but clocking in at twelve minutes and having such drastic styles, the track probably should've been separated into the two respective tracks instead of all of the other interludes. Overall, the live album reveals the overall talent of the band perfectly and anyone looking to listen to them could easily enjoy this album.

Verdict:
Long Time No Time's live offering showcases the talents of the band and so much more.



"Next Time" Album Review
"Sun Song" is an instrumental intro track that features enough twists and turns to make it pretty digestible in its delivery. "If I Had A Boat" has a bit of Ska to it. The track is more fast paced with its vocals and tempo. The track works really well and is easy to sing along to. "Get Up" is a uppity track that will get listeners dancing along right away. The track is oustanding and should be a fan favorite. "Get Down" is an instrumental that features the signature sound that the band is going for perfectly. The track sways to and fro with its Jazz/Rock sound throughout its three minute runtime. "Bring It" is a mellow track that brings the pace down a little. The instrumental track is solid in its intention and keeps things interesting. "Hellephant" is a bit of Cherry Poppin' Daddies to it. The track glides along a path that is catchy and will suck in listeners with its story like vocals. "Maj7 Chord Song" is an instrumental track that showcases their true talent. They let loose and the track is better off for it. "Eh Maja" is an acquired taste of a track. The vocals add a dynamic layer to it but the instrumentation is on point for sure. "Strut n' Stride" is a pretty laid back affair. It has Summertime vibes as it's strictly instrumental but keeps the tone at a nice solid pace. "I Don't Have To Go To School Tomorrow" is a slow, methodical end track that sounds more like an outro as it wraps up the album on that type of vibe.

Verdict:
Long Time No Time seamlessly fuse together Jazz, Rock and more in their full length album.

-Interview (4/15/20)
1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Long Time No Time" and is there any meaning behind it?

Every member of the band discovered music in their own way growing up, but huge shoutout to Canadian public school band programs for showing us (and kids across the country) what it's like to play music with other people. The band met in the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra. Composer/saxophonist Daniel Pelton decided it was past time for Calgary to get a horn band tearing up local stages, so he organized some friends and got the ball rolling. The idea was to get a dynamic and energetic group while avoiding the standard guitar/bass/drums rock band setup. The band name is a joke at a friend's expense. A slip of the tongue caused a voicemail to be "Long time no time" instead of "long time no see."


2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

The ideal reaction is "I've never heard anything like that and I love it!" Our instrumentation is basically a standard jazz combo, so we love playing for new audiences who may expect something much more laid back, and are just absolutely shocked when we play our first few notes. So we really hope we can just open people up to something they may not have considered before. Remember that good music doesn't have a genre, and horns are more versatile than you may have thought.


3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

Hahaha this is a tough one, we're not even sure how to describe our sound to ourselves. We're not jazz, we're not ska, we're not rock, but we're also not NOT those things. Our music covers a wide area of sounds so we have a tough time labeling ourselves. We're university educated musicians, which doesn't make us better than anyone else, but we have some significant musical knowledge and talent between the five of us. We like to think that we do a decent job of blending mainstream and academic musical ideas into an entertaining and interesting product that challenges and invigorates listeners of all backgrounds.


4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Dweezil Zappa, Five Alarm Funk and The Cat Empire.


5. What are your three desert island albums that you'd never get tired of listening to?

This is the most impossible question in the world, so we'll evade it by giving some very vague answers. "Anything" by Frank Zappa, anything by Bach, and hopefully something by us as well.


6. What’s your take on the current state of Jazz Rock?

We think musical genres are getting so blurred as time goes on that it's almost not worth thinking about in those terms anymore. That being said, we're super stoked to see so much crossover happening. The success of groups like Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy, Jacob Collier, and more means that people are open to this kind of music, and that's good news for the rest of us.


7. What’s the current music scene like there in Canada both locally and country wide?

There's always good stuff if you know where to look! "Good" is also such a subjective term, but there's something for everyone in Calgary for sure. The tricky bit is finding the perfect storm of artists you like, a venue that will respect them and pay them fairly (shoutout to The Palomino Smokehouse), and enough of an audience to keep that all going. We've been very lucky in finding a local audience that supports us more than we ever thought possible, so we're very grateful.

Additionally, if you live somewhere that is lucky enough to have an orchestra, a jazz band, or a university music program - that counts as part of your local scene!! Go support those!! They represent some of the best musical talent in the country and if you haven't seen your local orchestra you are missing out on some very powerful experiences.


8. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Streaming is such losing game for the artist that it feels like it should be illegal anyways. If you're going to stream or illegally download someone's music, make it up to them by seeing a show, buying merch, and telling your friends.


9. What’s next for Long Time No Time?

We're releasing a live album we recorded at the National Music Centre in Calgary with the University of Calgary Jazz Orchestra! It's gonna be great!


10. Any shoutouts?

Calgary bands:
https://meadowdrive.bandcamp.com/releases
https://naturaltwentymusic.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.calgaryjazzorchestra.com/
https://calgaryphil.com