You know him as Dave Matthews’ collaborator of choice, and a member of the Dave Matthews Band, but Tim Reynolds was already a veteran virtuoso multi-instrumentalist by the time he met Matthews a few decades back.
Reynolds had worked extensively to create a multi-idiomatic musical gumbo whose ingredients include jazz, folk, rock, reggae, funk, classical and blues. He formed TR3 – the Tim Reynolds Trio – in the early ’80s, and employed the band as an envelope-stretching ensemble with a rotating cast of players up until the mid-’90s, when he met Matthews and became incredibly busy.
Happily, in 2008, Reynolds grabbed a hold of enough free time to resurrect TR3. Bassist Mick Vaughn and drummer Dan Martier joined him in the pursuit of some seriously outer space-bound funk, as documented on the outstanding 2011 live album “From Space and Beyond.” This new version of TR3 is more than able to tackle just about anything, be it a torrid cover of a tune by King Crimson, James Brown, Focus or Led Zeppelin, or the decidedly knotty and complex funk-jam odysseys the band composes.
Just prior to the launching of the Dave Matthews Band’s 2014 tour – which will include a stop June 11 in the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center – Reynolds is sneaking in a jaunt with TR3. Happily, that includes a stop at 8 p.m. Monday in the Tralf Music Hall (622 Main St.). Tim Britt opens. Tickets are $18 advance, $22 day of show (box office, www.ecepresents.com).
– Jeff Miers