Jason Robinson and Eric Hofbauer
Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late: Duo Music of Ken Aldcroft
Jason Robinson, tenor saxophone
Eric Hofbauer, guitar
All songs composed by Ken Aldcroft
All proceeds from this project go to Maria and Liam Aldcroft
Recorded on March 5, 2018, at Union Sound Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Mixed and mastered at Rotary Records, West Springfield, Massachusetts, USA
Recording engineers: John Sorenson and Leon Taheny
Mixing and mastering engineer: Warren Amerman
Photography by Arden Wray
Graphic design by Kio Griffith
Liner notes by Joe Sorbara
Produced by Jason Robinson and Eric Hofbauer
Our sincerest thanks to Maria Aldcroft, John Sorenson, Joe Sorbara, Emily Denison, Daniel Kruger, Marcos Fernandes, and our families.
A memorial album of sorts, Two Hours Early, Ten Minutes Late concludes the duo project of American saxophonist Jason Robinson and the late Canadian guitarist Ken Aldcroft. Robinson and Aldcroft developed the repertoire of pieces presented here—all composed by Aldcroft several years earlier—throughout two performance tours in the United States and Canada in 2015. A third tour in Canada, which was to culminate in a recording session in Toronto, was scheduled for 2016, but Aldcroft suddenly passed two months before the tour began, thus leaving the project unfinished. A year later, Robinson enlisted the help of Boston guitarist Eric Hofbauer to finish the project, embarking on a tour of Canada as a double bill with several of Aldcroft’s close collaborators. The 10-concert tour culminated with a recording session in Toronto, capturing Robinson and Hofbauer at the height of their virtuosity and playfulness with the adventurous, imaginative repertoire composed by Aldcroft. Aldcroft’s playful and distinctive musical vision shimmers forth from the recording, creating an imaginary trio of three friends celebrating the music and legacy of an influential figure in Canadian jazz and creative music.
Canadian guitarist and composer Ken Aldcroft (1969-2016) was a prolific bandleader and collaborator in jazz and creative music, a community builder and tireless supporter of original music, a teacher and mentor, a loving husband and father. Originally from Canada’s west coast, Aldcroft moved with his wife Maria to Toronto around 2000, where he cofounded the Association of Improvising Musicians Toronto, the Leftover Daylight Series, and the NOW Series, and served on the board of the Somewhere There musicians’ collective. He led and contributed to a dazzling array of projects, including the Convergence Ensemble, Threads, Hat and Beard, various Ken Aldcroft Trios and Quartets, Alaniaris, AIMToronto Orchestra, solo composition and improvisation, and international touring and recording with duo partners including William Parker, Klaus Kürvers, and Jason Robinson. With his friend and partner John Sorensen he released more than twenty-five recordings of his music on his independent label, Trio Records.