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Live Review

Adam Rogers' Dice Trio at Hong Kong Arts Center

Read "Adam Rogers' Dice Trio at Hong Kong Arts Center" reviewed by Rob Garratt


Adam Rogers' Dice Trio Shouson Theatre, Hong Kong Arts Center Jazz World Live Series Hong Kong SAR May 28, 2018 As the scraggly haze of copiously denim-clad, baseball cap and ponytail-touting figures assembled onstage, Adam Rogers' Dice Trio bore the indifferent appearance of a small town bar band--which was not entirely inappropriate. A conservatory-schooled classical player, tutored in jazz by John Scofield and known for stints with Michael Brecker, Chris Potter and more, Rogers ...

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Album Review

Adam Rogers: DICE

Read "DICE" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


At some point in time, fusion lost its way. Some say it never really had a firm enough direction, existing only as a symbol of excess, power, and virtuosity to begin with. But those steeped in '70s and early '80s music of this sort know the truth: A perfect blend of rip-roaring lines, one-step-beyond melodicism, feats of daring, and mind-bending grooves took the music to great heights in its first decade, bringing it to a point that's never been equaled ...

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Album Review

Adam Rogers: Sight

Read "Sight" reviewed by John Kelman


Guitarist Adam Rogers returns with Sight, an album that continues his exploration of heady originals and standards, in the trio format that, with Time and the Infinite (Criss Cross, 2007), took a left-turn from his earlier quartet and quintet records. Surrounded by friends old and new on Time, with Sight Rogers returns to longtime drummer Clarence Penn after that brief hiatus. John Patitucci may replace equally longtime bassist Scott Colley, but they're hardly new acquaintances. Rogers spent plenty ...

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Live Review

Adam Rogers Quintet: Live at the Village Vanguard

Read "Adam Rogers Quintet: Live at the Village Vanguard" reviewed by David Miller


Adam Rogers Quintet Village Vanguard New York, New York April 12, 2007

Intensity is the first word that comes to mind when describing the Adam Rogers Quintet's performance at the Village Vanguard on April 12. That's a remarkable achievement, considering how disjointed the set could have been.For what was a well-deserved and long overdue stay at the Vanguard as a leader, Rogers pulled out all the stops. His awesome assemblage of talent included ...

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Album Review

Adam Rogers: Time and the Infinite

Read "Time and the Infinite" reviewed by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio


Too often, liner notes have about the objectiveness of a recommendation letter written by a mother on behalf of her child. It's possible that good qualities are exalted, but it's just as likely that strengths are exaggerated and comparisons with the genre's greats are too easily made. Guitarist Adam Rogers' latest recording is a notable exception. The effusive praise is merited, and any declarations are fully supported by the tight arrangements and intoxicating melodies. “Young and Foolish" ...

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Album Review

Adam Rogers: Time and the Infinite

Read "Time and the Infinite" reviewed by John Kelman


While Adam Rogers is no stranger to the standards songbook, the guitarist's three releases as a leader have focused almost entirely on his challenging yet accessible compositions. They've also utilized the same personnel. Art of the Invisible (Criss Cross, 2001) introduced a guitar/piano/bass/drums quartet that would, with the addition of saxophone, flesh out to a consistent quintet for Allegory (Criss Cross, 2002) and Apparitions (Criss Cross, 2005).

Time and the Infinite pares things back to a trio, and while there ...

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Album Review

Adam Rogers: Apparitions

Read "Apparitions" reviewed by Francis Lo Kee


Though the liner notes, which contain plenty of quotes by Rogers, try to explain in a technical way what's going on in the music, Apparitions is music you can feel. “The Tyranny of Fixed Numbers, the second track, is indeed a very original composition, though you're hit in the gut with guitar and tenor saxophone (Chris Potter) solos. Perhaps it's the melodic tension against the drone effect, or the drums driving the ensemble and urging the soloists on, but this ...


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