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by Rex Butters
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 ...read more
by Derek Taylor
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 ...read more