Combining influences from Duke Ellington, Karlheinz Stockhausen, and Melt Banana, bassist and composer Adam Lane stretches the terms "jazz" and "chamber Music" beyond convention. His blend of music and performance art takes listeners on a meticulously orchestrated joyride, with horns, strings, electronics, spoken word, and the occasional vacuum cleaner. As a composer he has been recognized by critics world wide as "innovative" (Signal to Noise) and "forward thinking," (Jazziz) and as a player he has contributed to important new recordings by artist such as John Tchicai and Tom Waits.
Forthcoming projects include FO(U)R BEING(S) by the Adam Lane Quartet, featuring John Tchicai, Paul Smoker, and Barry Altschul (C.I.M.P), DUO MUSIC with Blaise Siwula (Cadence Jazz) and NOWHERE ZEN: Chamber Works and Solo Statements (Evander Music), all to be released in late summer 2002. He will be recording a cd of duo music with John Tchicai in Oct. 2002 to be released on the C.I.M.P label.
In October of 1999 Lane's recording Hollywood Wedding was released on Cadence Jazz Records to critical acclaim. The recording features 10 of Lane’s original compositions performed by 6 different ensembles under his leadership. The ensembles range from a large 20 piece improvising orchestra with a mix of traditional jazz interments, electronics, processing, and risqu? vocalizing, to electric chamber to acoustic trios to Mingus-style small big bands.
Sam Prestiani of Jazziz magazine described Lane’s work on Hollywood Wedding as "pushing beyond predictability," and said further, "Lane's confidence and confrontational prowess as well as his abiding sense of lyricism and heavy-groove power place him in the lineage of forward-jazz adventurism." Jon Morgan of Signal to Noise magazine said, "Those who listen to [Hollywood Wedding] will hear an ambitious composer who clearly has the goods, one who can command a large ensemble with daring eloquence or just as quickly blow the roof off the joint with unleashed cacophony."
Also released on Cadence Jazz was NO(W) MUSIC with his band THE FULL THROTTLE ORCHESTRA. The Orchestra has been active with the same personnel for 4 years making it one of the only continually active creative music ensembles in the Bay Area. The band features Jeff Chan and Aaron Bennett on reeds, Darren Johnston on trumpet, John Finkbeiner on guitar, Vijay Anderson on percussion, Adam Lane on bass and electronics and guest guitarist Myles Boisen. The band combines all the characteristics of Lane’s variegated writing style including a shifting creative aesthetic that might draw inspiration from Cecil Taylor and early Black Sabbath at the same time. With both guitarist Finkbeiner and Lane freely utilizing electronics and processing, the rhythm section might shift from their traditional role to a sound that is closer to David Tudor in the same tune. All members of the band are active composers and bandleaders in their own rights, with each maintaining projects in creative music as well as straight-ahead jazz.