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Adam Lane: Live In Ljubljana

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In light of today's economic hardships, jazz orchestras or more precisely innovative jazz orchestras are really only little big bands. When you cannot travel with two dozen musicians, a leader must recruit players who can project a synergetic sound that appears greater than the sum of their parts. Masters of the little big bands include Taylor Ho Bynum's Sextet, Ken Vandermark's various projects, including Audio One and Resonance Ensemble and Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra. Lane's outfit of seven to nine players (eight here) combines the best of traditional large group swing with what Lane calls live orchestration, ...

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Adam Lane Trio: Absolute Horizon

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Not enough is heard from Brooklyn-born bassist Adam Lane. He boasts an impressive track record, illuminated by a series of outstanding recordings, mainly on the CIMP label, but culminating in the acclaimed Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed, 2010). Nothing has surfaced under his own name since, so any new disc grabs attention. That's not to say he has been idle, notching up notable appearances on drummer William Hooker's excellent Bliss Suite (Not Two, 2010) which also featured rising star saxophonist Darius Jones, as well as on the reedman's own Big Gurl (Smell My Dream) (Aum Fidelity, 2011). But unlike ...

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Adam Lane Trio: Absolute Horizon

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Adam Lane is among the best and brightest of the new wave of forward- looking jazz and improvising bassists, who along with his formidable cohorts exploit the trio format. Here, every inflection, tonality and nuance becomes prominently embedded into the group's stylization which is based on instant composition. No doubt, the musicians' astonishing synergy is a powerful underlying component. Sprinkled with off-kilter thematic overtures, blooming tone poems, and unwieldy or tumultuous breakouts, the trio largely straddles the avant-garde spectrum. Lane also uses electronics on certain pieces, adding another, albeit hard- edged contour that yields a series of bizarre connotations.

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Adam Lane / Lou Grassi / Mark Whitecage: Drunk Butterfly

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Connotations of a Drunk Butterfly might sound like a humorous proposition, especially when depicted in a cartoon. But art doesn't necessarily imitate art within this 2008 trio release. Sure, the trio embarks upon a few off-kilter flight patterns. However, the musical aspects present numerous examples steeped within the bop, or free-bop scheme of things. And with three highly revered New York area artists spinning a web of excitement, the music and overall effect convey a democratic engagement that occasionally projects a spiraling trajectory.

Rising-star bassist/composer Adam Lane and veteran drummer Lou Grassi establish a fluent musical bed for ...

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Adam Lane / Lou Grassi / Mark Whitecage: Drunk Butterfly

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Drunk Butterfly explores the varied subtleties of acoustic swing in an increasingly eclectic post bop age. With a collective resume that includes work with Anthony Braxton, Burton Greene, Gunter Hampel, and John Tchicai, saxophonist Mark Whitecage, bassist Adam Lane and drummer Lou Grassi bring a resonant historical awareness to this session. With knowing restraint, Whitecage, Lane, and Grassi invest these pieces with a sober sense of maturity, without ever sacrificing the exploratory zeal that defines the finest free jazz.

Less a traditional saxophone trio recording than a summit meeting of three stellar improvisers, this date features the musicians ...

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Adam Lane: Buffalo & Four Corners

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Adam Lane Buffalo CIMP 2007 Magnus Broo / Adam Lane / Paal Nilssen-Love / Ken Vandermark 4 Corners Clean Feed 2007

These two recent releases prove, if further proof was needed, that Adam Lane is an original voice of which all bass enthusiasts should take note. His sense of groove is matched by his love of mode and penchant for stabbing at the dissonances just beyond. The Buffalo set, a ...

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Adam Lane: Buffalo

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Buffalo, by bassist Adam Lane and his trio (Vinny Golia on tenor and soprano sax and drummer Vijay Anderson), represents the completion of a triptych taking place over two days in February, 2005. This live recording, on which trumpeter Paul Smoker sits in, is an example of the power that music can have when everything just clicks. Zero Degree Music (CIMP, 2005) and Music Degree Zero (CIMP, 2006) are the two studio recordings done on the 24th and 25th of February as the band was completing a short tour. The guys were very hot, ready to play ...



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