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Adam Cruz

An undeniable creative force on the international jazz scene for the last two decades, drummer and composer Adam Cruz is best known for his work with Danilo Perez, Steve Wilson, David Sanchez and Edward Simon. Born in New York City in 1970, Cruz worked extensively with saxophonist David Sanchez and the Mingus Big Band during the 1990’s. He then toured briefly with Chick Corea, recording Origin - A Week at the Blue Note, and spent the end of the decade touring in a duo setting with guitarist Charlie Hunter. In recent years Cruz has forged a steady musical relationship with pianist Danilo Perez and is a member of the Danilo Perez Trio, which also features bassist Ben Street. His teachers have included his father - percussionist Ray Cruz, Frank Malabe, Keith Copeland and Kenny Washington. He has also worked at various times with artists such as Tom Harrell, Chris Potter, Pharaoh Sanders, Paquito D’Rivera and many more. Cruz’s remarkable musicianship makes him one of the most in demand drummers of today. He is featured on over 40 recordings as a sideman.


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One of the most respected young musicians in New York, [Cruz is] profoundly locked in, shifting easily from straight-ahead swing to funk patterns and Latin rhythms. —The New York Times

Drummer Adam Cruz pairs flawless technique and a crystalline touch with a level of prophetic intuition that is awe-inspiring —Modern Drummer

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25 Years

Ridgeway Records
2020

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Milestone

Sunnyside Records
2012

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Milestone

Sunnyside Records
2011

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Emje

From: Milestone
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