Saxophonist Lincoln Adler brings out our best memories of Eddie Harris and a lot more on his latest album. Opting for the tenor sax throughout, Adler "never raises his voice," as he clears the air with mainstream jazz that is both "out there" and smooth. Three of the tracks may be sampled from http://www.LincolnAdler.com . Adler, who grew up in the San Francisco Bay area and attended the University of California at Berkeley, lists Joe Henderson among his formal saxophone teachers. Currently working with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra in Los Angeles, Adler rides with a high band profile that draws guest artists such as trumpeter Jack Sheldon, saxophonist Tom Scott and vocalists Jon Lovitz & Jim Carrey. The orchestra’s pianist is actor Jeff Goldblum. Imagine the wave of attention that must accompany such a band!
Adler’s compositions light fires and settle his ensemble into a groove that shines with mainstream substance and added funkiness. Yes, funk, as the titles "Listen Up," "Hipnotic Suggestion" and "Mmm Hmm!" imply. Ernest Tibbs’ electric bass pops and the guitar harmony of either Anthony Wilson or Rick Musallam balances, as the leader’s tenor melodies take off. Two ballads with widely different approaches employ the services of drummer David Tull and bassist Tim Emmons. "You Don’t Know What Love Is" appears suave and sexy with guest vocalist Moira Dahling, while "Look for the Silver Lining" turns a lyrical corner with Adler singing. His smooth bass voice is half singing and half speaking in a warm and mellow tone which tends to keep the arrangement both serious and sincere. While the title track takes a purist nonchalant mainstream approach, others, such as Adler’s "Mysteriosa," combine a healthy riff with combined horn melodies for added variety. The saxophonist’s eclectic program contains a little of something for everyone, but his look back at jazz that rocked a listener in his chair serves to put a light of recognition in today’s fragmented jazz window.
Track Listing: Listen Up; Mysteriosa; You Don
Personnel: Lincoln Adler- tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, bass clarinet, vocal on "Look for the Silver Lining"; John Beasley- keyboards; Tim Emmons- acoustic bass; Ernest Tibbs- electric bass; David Tull- drums; Rick Musallam- guitars; Nick Lane- trombone; Moira Dahling- vocal on "You Don
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid
I was first exposed to jazz when I was tiny. My earliest memory is watching Ella Fitzgerald scat on a Christmas special when I was no older than four. Like many who are from tiny towns, my first extended exposure was listening to the high school jazz band when I was a kid. For some reason I remember an arrangement of Hey Jude they did. My first real exposure was Stan Kenton in the Smithville, MO high school gym. Kenton and the band director there were old friends, so he would play there from time to time. My dad took me without telling me where we were going and it was the only show he ever took me to. I remember that Bobby Shew played Send In Clowns and I damn near levitated I was so excited. The huge sound and amazing chords floored me. I believe I was 13 at the time. I immediately started practicing and taking lessons. Music became a passion and nearly a career. I also listened to Dick Wright's Jazz Show on KANU every night. I can't even start to explain what I learned lying in bed listening to Dick talk about jazz. I met him once when I was struggling to put together a solo for Joy Spring playing in a combo at KU. Stopped by his office and asked for recommendations. He showed up at my jazz ensemble rehearsal the next day with a tape with example solos. What a kind man Dick Wright was.
My advice to new listeners is to stop worrying about what music is important and focus on music you like. I spent quite a bit of my music life listening to important music I didn't necessarily like. Must say I have quite a bit more fun now listening to music that I deeply enjoy. Some of it is even important.
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