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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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Adam Lane & Ken Vandermark: 4 Corners and New Magical Kingdom

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Scandinavian cooperative trio The Thing is one of the more recent exponents of a hybridization of the visceral energies of free music and R&B-tinged punk rock. Such a meeting of genres may not be as strange as one might think. The group's reedman, Swede Mats Gustafsson, played in hardcore and punk outfits in his teens, and has remained invested in that music as much as he became entwined in Swedish free improvisation. His co-conspirators, bassist Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love (both Norwegian) have similarly occupied varying aesthetic chairs.

Gustafsson's work, including collaborations with underground rock artists like Cato Salsa ...

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Adam Lane: New Magical Kingdom

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It is standard rhetorical practice to speak of new ground being broken, of barriers being dissolved and of all melding with clarity into a singular vision, but there's increasingly little room for such claims to be made, even less for them to be taken seriously. This newest offering from the always interesting bassist and composer Adam Lane does no such thing. All of his influences are in plain view throughout as just that, apparent as the proverbial heart on sleeve. The most interesting track, the Webern-esque “Objects, reeks of second Viennese school filtered through Mingus or Dixon or Thornhill or ...

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Blaise Siwula / Adam Lane: Big Hearts, 11, Music Degree Zero

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Blaise Siwula / Katsuyuki Itakura Big Hearts Cadence Jazz 2006 Blaise Siwula / Mike Khoury 11 Detroit Improvisation 2006 Adam Lane Trio Music Degree Zero CIMP 2006

While some musicians thrive in a group setting, reedman Blaise Siwula's preferred setting seems to be the duet, dating back to Tandem Rivers (Cadence Jazz), with bassist Adam Lane. On Big Hearts his sound on alto ...

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Adam Lane Trio: Music Degree Zero

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Presenting the balance of a two-day session that yielded the slightly differently titled Zero Degree Music, bassist Adam Lane's latest disc picks up where its predecessor left off. The earlier effort garnered nearly unanimous acclaim last year amongst listeners and critics who heard it. This second plateful upholds the same standards of collective creativity and uncompromising musical immediacy. Lane's stock continues to rise, and he's yet to be associated with album that isn't worth hearing.

In the case of reed multi-instrumentalist Vinny Golia, listeners intimidated by lofty and Braxtonian-sounding Nine Winds projects like the Music for Like Instruments ...

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Adam Lane 3: Zero Degree Music

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Reedman-composer Vinny Golia has found a home in playing scenarios of all stripes (orchestra, solo, and duets with collaborators from seemingly all walks of the improvisational spectrum), but the small-group format of the power trio is a favorite. Apparently the first in a two-volume set, Zero Degree Music, under the leadership of bassist-composer Adam Lane (who splits his time between the coasts), finds Golia thinning his arsenal to only tenor and soprano. Of course, anything lost on a smaller range is made up for entirely in the depth and rapport of this ensemble. The set begins with ...

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Adam Lane 3: Zero Degree Music

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Zero Degree Music documents Adam Lane's trio in what hopefully will be the first of many collaborations to come. Basing its kinetic explorations on Lane's original compositions, the trio rolls the structure around until every facet has been exposed and polished, discovering new jewels along the way. Lane snakes lyrical time-bound bass through the tumult, while Vijay Anderson sits on a bed of polyrhythms glistening through bright cymbal work. Vinny Golia unleashes his formidable improvising talents to reinforce his reputation as one of the reed masters of our time. As he has done in the past, Golia seems to revel ...

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Adam Lane 3: Zero Degree Music

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Jazz fans often lament the irretrievability of the past. Many are the numbers who bellyache about the present absence giants on par with Mingus, Coltrane, and Miles. To those with their ears nostalgically fixated on the past masters, I heartily recommend auditioning some Adam Lane. Calling Lane the next Mingus, or the next William Parker for that matter, may ring like empty and needlessly aggrandizing hyperbole, but when it comes to his improvisational and compositional acumen such comparisons aren't as cockeyed as they might seem on paper.

With longtime idol Vinny Golia and colleague Vijay Anderson joining him ...



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