The title is apt. Tymas's music reflects his insight into many genres and moods as it moves from Brazil to bop, from solo guitar to octet, from calm to storm. The Latin-tinged "Insight" and "The Maze" with its unusual combination of guitar, bass guitar, drums and Kofi Burbridge's flute are soothing without ever descending into "smooth." Cole Porter's standard, "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," is played at just-the-right-tempo with some subtle music going on beneath that serene surface, including an exquisite Tymas solo.
There's a playfulness to the percussive "Vandeloo" and " Sweet Tea and Storm." And Tymas and his band sure can swing! His "Don't Say It" and the high-flying waltz " The Point" make that clear. More heat and horns are added as Brian Miller on alto and Brian Horton on tenor burn their way through Tony William's "Warrior." This, as you might imagine, features drummer Thomas Taylor. ( I can't say enough about Taylor. With the exception of Tymas's introspective solo turn on "Insignificant Other" he is on every track serving up technical ability and very good taste). Ira Wiggins on tenor and Robin Trowers on trombone complete a hard-driving octet for the Teddy Edwards hit " Cellar Dweller" which includes a strong solo by pianist Ed Paolantonio.
Baron Tymas moved to North Carolina in 2001 and is Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at North Carolina Central University in Durham. He is now part of that "fertile community of creative people" that he describes in the liner notes. Insight at Midnight is the result. You'll enjoy it.