Trumpeter Greg Adams spent much of his career with Tower Of Power. He learned what makes popular music popular. His smooth jazz arrangements remain colored with synth wallpaper and crisp, programmed percussion. Adams' horn has the spotlight throughout, but he refrains from saying much. Light melodies that ebb and flow remain popular, but there's never much to sink your teeth into here. A muted trumpet or an open horn can sing like Madonna. It's pretty stuff. But it's a predictable formula. "Keep it cool, man,'" says the sampled voice on "'Sup With That." Adams' multi-tracked horns flow over and under the programmed drums. These are the sounds that lull you to sleep. "Andrea" speaks of genuine romance, "Midnight Morning" struts to a monotonous techno-dance beat, "Siena" moves gracefully through an exotic foreign landscape, and "Roadhouse" serves as a nod to Tower Of Power.
Track Listing: Crosstown; Breathe Again; Midnight Morning; Wrapped Around Your
Finger; 'Sup With That; Andrea; Blondes & Bottles; Siena; Vendetta;
Personnel: Greg Adams: trumpet, keyboards, flugelhorn; Ken Kessi: drum
programming, guitars; James Wirrick: keyboards, bass, drum
programming, guitar, mandolin; Greg Dalton: guitars; Kelly Moneymaker:
whispered vocals (2); Nick Milo: keyboards, bass and drum
programming (1); Gary Herbig: tenor saxophone and baritone
saxophone (10); Marlon McClain: guitar, bass and drum
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.