Adam Rogers: Apparitions (2005)
The set opens with "Labyrinth," with tenor saxophonist Chris Potter sizzling on the melody over a shifting harmonic backdrop. The sizzle settles down into steady simmer when Rogers goes into a sweet-toned solo. It's apparent from the get go, with this initial solo, how much the success of the sound depends on the piano/guitar dynamic, with keyboardist Edward Simon splashing brights spots of color behind Rogers' darker lines. "Tyranny of Fixed Numbers" opens on dangerous-sounding rhythm, and Potter blows in with controlled intensity, seasoning the ominous mood.
The music settles into a sad and contemplative spirit on "Persephone", an introspective Rogers-pennedas are all the tunes hereballad. "Continuance" cranks up the tempo again, with a stinging Potter tenor sax emerging from a drifting piano/guitar dance before things slow down to a brief, crisp, gregarious groove that melts away to introspection. The tune, a highlight, goes back and forth between the seamless group interplay and loose, inward abstraction.
Apparitions showcases the magic of a group of very sympatico musicians on a fine set of straight-ahead jazz.
Track Listing: Labyrinth, Tyranny of Fixed Numbers, Persephone, Continuance, The Maya, Apparitions, Amphora, The Moment in Time.
Personnel: Adam Rogers: guitar; Chris Potter: tenor saxophone; Edward Simon: piano; Scott Colley: double bass; Clarence Penn: drums.
Record Label: Criss Cross