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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 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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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

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Jason Adasiewicz's quintet Rolldown, has been together since 2004, and Varmint, its second release, again invites you into Mr. Peabody's “wayback machine" (from The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show of the 1960s) to explore ancient history with a modern ear. That ancient history is the 1960's New Thing, and our explorers are armed with the knowledge of just how that story ended.Adasiewicz, a prime player in the continual resurgence of Chicago jazz, can be heard with Josh Berman (Old Idea), The Lucky &'s, Rob Mazurek's quintet and Exploding Star Orchestra, Mike Reed (Loose Assembly) and James Falzone (Klang). The ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

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Varmint is the sophomore follow up to Rolldown (482 Music, 2008), the self-titled debut of vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz's quintet. Inspired by the avant-garde innovations of such late 1960s Blue Note recording artists as Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Jackie McLean, and Grachan Moncur III, Adasiewicz continues to explore the tenuous divide between inside and outside forms, while gradually developing his own sound.

From supple kaleidoscopic shadings to ringing, metallic cascades, Adasiewicz's dynamic versatility as an improviser has made him a ubiquitous presence in the prolific Chicago jazz scene. His current side-man duties include work with Josh Berman's ...

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James Falzone / Jason Adasiewicz / Jason Roebke: Klang

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Dudley Bayne's fledgling Luminescence label was formed to capture moments in time that may never repeat again. The pianist found the Chicago scene a whirlwind of activity, with soon-to-be famous musicians forming multiple groups, and he began recording their shows. His Luminescence Live releases are a series of limited edition discs documenting some very creative music making.

Klang, recorded in 2007, is a quartet begun by Falzone that favors a modern chamber jazz sound. The reeedman--heard here on clarinet alone--is also a member of the French folk music group Le Bon Vent and Jorrit Dijkstra's Flatlands Collective, and ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Rolldown

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Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz has likely listened to a lot of Monk. Not that this adventurous quintet outing is another addition to the already crowded oeuvre of Monkian repertory, but more because the disjointed rhythms, odd suspensions, long tones and variable tempos echo the late pianist's angularity and obliqueness.

This set was recorded back in 2005, following a year's sabbatical during which Adasiewicz composed the seven pieces heard here (actually eight when you include the video only “Hide"), begging the question of how come it took so long to make it to disc. Starting out as primarily a drummer with the ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Rolldown

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Former indie rock drummer turned jazz vibraphonist, Jason Adasiewicz has slowly but surely made his mark on the vibrant Chicago jazz scene. With musical roots in the alt-country circuit, the former drummer for Pinetop Seven and singer Edith Frost is now a regular sideman to Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed and Ken Vandermark.

The self-titled debut of his Rolldown ensemble shares more than a passing similarity to the classic mid-60s Blue Note sessions of such luminaries as Eric Dolphy, Bobby Hutcherson and Jackie McLean. The shadow of Dolphy's landmark album Out To Lunch (Blue Note, ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Rolldown

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Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, is one of a number of rising new vibe players of particular note, including Mike Pinto, Dan McCarthy, Chris Dingman. His percussive, piano-like abilities on the instrument are perceptibly clear on his aspiring debut, Rolldown, leading his working band of the same name--Josh Berman (cornet), Aram Shelton (reeds), Jason Roebke (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums); all of whom are a part of the vibrant Chicago progressive music scene.While the recording draws clear influences from 1960s post-bop and free jazz patriarchs like Eric Dolphy and Bobby Hutcherson, it also displays Adasiewicz's developing musical vision. Slow angular ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Rolldown

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The sons of the sons of sons of the Chicago sound are expanding an ever mushrooming jazz scene. Please thank whatever god(s) to whom you voice your appreciation for these gifts of new music.

Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz has been heard in numerous projects including Guillermo Gregorio Trio, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, and bands led by Nicole Mitchell, Ken Vandermark and Fred Lonberg-Holm. He has also backed rock groups Pinetop Seven, Central Falls, and Calexico.

Lately he has fallen in with a group of working partners that include Harris Eisenstadt, Mike Reed, and band mates from ...



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