Ben Adams Quintet: Old Thoughts For A New Day (2006)
The quintet features the two-horn front line of Erik Jekabson's trumpet and Mitch Marcus's tenor sax, supported by Fred Randolph's bass and Sameer Gupta's drums. The album begins deceptively with a peaceful and relaxing composition, "Avery's Bedtime Story," which allows lyrical work by Jekabson. "Convesation with Martin" is much more of a hard bop swinger which features a swaggering tenor sax from Marcus and then incisive vibes by Adams.
Adams intended "The Actual" as an homage to the writing of Wayne Shorter during his Miles Davis Quintet period, and the ensuing performance also bears a similarity to the saxophonist's days with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The swirling rhythm affords Marcus an opportunity to show his affinity for Shorter's stylings. The title tune, a moody ballad, recalls Bobby Hutcherson's Blue Note dates, with shimmering vibes provided by Adams.
Track Listing: Avery's Bedtime Song; Conversation With Martin; Patron Saint of Lost Causes; The Actual; Sheltered Circle; Old Thoughts For A New Day; Pocket Fiction; Ghost at Infancy; Sea of Cortez.
Personnel: Ben Adams: vibraphone; Erik Jekabson: trumpet, flugelhorn; Mitch Marcus: tenor saxophone; Fred Randolph: bass; Sameer Gupta: drums.
Record Label: Lunar Module Records