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Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms: From the Region

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An imagined overheard conversation in heaven between Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi goes something like this: “If only all music could swing this hard, there would be no need for war."Okay, maybe it wasn't MLK and Gandhi, but it could have been Horace Silver and Joey Ramone.In a trio format, Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz picks up his mallets where Sonny Rollins set down his saxophone after recording the classic trio date A Night At The Village Vanguard (Blue Note, 1957). Maybe a better comparison would be to the rock trios, Cream, Nirvana, or The Jimi Hendrix ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms

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It's clear from Sun Rooms, perhaps more than from any of his previous efforts on record, that Jason Adasiewicz is offering something pretty personal. Sure, it's possible to name check both '60s-era Bobby Hutcherson and Walt Dickerson as points of reference, but they serve simply to highlight the fact that Adasiewicz is--for want of a better way of putting it--of a modern persuasion in both his composing and playing. Thus, for all the echoes of Andrew Hill in compositional terms on “Life," the trio's sly, allusive interplay--emphasized in a far from predictable fashion by the leader's tone--is ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms

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Jason Adasiewicz is making the vibraphone a necessary ingredient for music making in this century. His mallets have been featured in recordings by Josh Berman, Jason Ajemian, Harris Eisenstadt, the Lucky 7s, and Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra.As a leader, his two recordings with Rolldown, the self-titled 2008 disc on 482 Music and Varmint (Cuneiform, 2009) feature Josh Berman, Aram Shelton, Jason Roebke, and Frank Rosaly playing his original compositions. Here, he pares things down to a simple trio with bassist Nate McBride (Joe Morris, Ken Vandermark) and Mike Reed, with whom Adasiewicz collaborates in the drummer's People, ...

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Jason Ajemian: Protest Heaven

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Bassist Jason Ajemian assembled a company of improvisers in December, 2006 at Heaven Gallery in Chicago as part of a music series he had been curating since 2002. The assemblage named Jason Ajemian's Daydream Full Lifestyles contained the infamous Chicago Underground players Rob Mazurek (trumpet), Chad Taylor (drums) and Jeff Parker (guitar), plus the well-traveled Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Ajemian's mentor from his university days.

The result is heard here in a limited edition 180g vinyl release (also available as MP3). This is not the concert in its entirety, but carefully elected sections, with pieces rearranged for album ...

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Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown: Varmint

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Varmint is the second release from vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown, following its self-titled 2008 debut on 482 Music. It's clear, from this program, that Rolldown is not content to stay in one place; no mean feat, considering the extent to which this music pays homage to Blue Note's documentation of artists like Andrew Hill and Sam Rivers almost half a century ago.

The term homage is especially pertinent, as these performances don't merely flirt with the repertorial. Instead, they invoke visions of 1960s-era Blue Note, even as the players work toward setting out some personal wares. Nowhere is this more ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

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Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz brings a wide ranging sensibility to his compositions. He has a strong feel for mainstream jazz that he pursues and invigorates with a range of free idioms. The music thrives and blossoms, not only in the potency of the mix, but also in its invention and surprise. His band mates enrich the tunes with their own visions even as they acknowledge the written note.

Adasiewicz wrote all the music for this record, except for Andrew Hill's “The Griots." He captures the lilting mood of the melody, explores angularities and then adds his point of view to make ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

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Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz appears to imagine a world exploding with the most unimaginable sound possible, bringing to life what he hears in his inner ear. Varmint is brimming with the unimaginable as Adasiewicz and Rolldown, comprising of cornetist, Josh Berman, woodwinds multi-instrumentalist Aram Shelton, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly hit a wonderful groove. Together the quintet pushes open the doors of perception, letting in a bright and vibrant new idiom of jazz. The gently resonant ebb and flow of Adasiewicz's vibraphone defines the music on this record. There is an ever-present hum and ululation in ...



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