Dan Adler: Back To The Bridge (2010)
Adler, like his fellow Israeli-born musician Ehud Asherie, is a fan of straight-ahead, post-bop jazz and readily communicates this love in his playing. He cites Joe Pass as his major influence but his choice of covers shows Adler's openness to writers and instrumentalists from a wide range of musical backgrounds. His take on Clifford Brown's "Joy Spring" is melodic and fast-paced, driven by Landham's propulsive playing. By contrast, Adler's arrangement of Joe Bushkin's 1941 composition "Oh, Look At Me Now" is almost casual in its laid-back but silky style while on Oscar Peterson's bluesy "The Smudge" Landham swings gently as first Adler and then DeFrancesco solo with a delightful lightness of touch.
Adler's own compositions are good-natured, cheerful tunes that swing effortlessly and highlight Adler's beautiful intonation. The one exception is "Good Old Days," which has a more reflective and thoughtful toneAdler's comping behind DeFrancesco's organ solo is gentle and warm.
The music on Back To The Bridge is from familiar jazz territory. But this is popular jazz territory as well, and deservedly soAdler, DeFrancesco and Landham deliver an unpretentious, enjoyable and beautifully played set of tunes.
Track Listing: Silver and Gold; Oh, Look At Me Now; Joy Spring; Back to the Bridge; Good Old Days; A Beautiful Friendship; Yatsanu At (We Left Slowly); Between Jobs; I've Never Been In Love Before; The Smudge.
Personnel: Dan Adler: guitar; Joey DeFrancesco: organ; Byron Landham: drums.
Record Label: Self Produced