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Adam Nussbaum

Adam Nussbaum moved to New York City in 1975 to attend The Davis Center for Performing Arts at City College. While there he began working with Albert Dailey, Monty Waters, Joe Lee Wilson, Sheila Jordan and he played with Sonny Rollins in 1977 in Milwaukee. In 1978 he joined Dave Liebman's quintet and did his first European tour with John Scofield. During the early eighties he continued working with John Scofield in a celebrated trio with Steve Swallow. In 1983 he become a member of Gil Evans Orchestra and played with Stan Getz as well. He later joined Eliane Elias/Randy Brecker Quartet, Gary Burton, and Toots Thielemans. In 1987 he began touring with the Michael Brecker Quintet. In 1988 they recorded the Grammy winning "Don't Try This At Home" During 1992 he was part of the Carla Bley Big Band and that same year John Abercrombie hired him to complete his organ trio.

Since then he's keeping active in a wide variety of groups. Among them a recently formed quartet 'B A N N' with Seamus Blake, Jay Anderson & Oz Noy, A co-op quartet "NUTTREE" with Abercrombie, Jerry Bergonzi & Gary Versace, The James Moody Quartet, 'We Three' w/ Dave Liebman & Steve Swallow, Eliane Elias Trio and also busy maintaining an active freelance schedule. Adam has taught as an Adjunct professor at New York University, the New School and State University of New York at Purchase. He's also doing clinics and master classes around the world.

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Album Review

Chris Keefe: Opening

Read "Opening" reviewed by Geannine Reid


Chris Keefe may be new to the jazz recording scene as a leader, but his debut album, aptly titled Opening (Zugzwangbebop Records, 2023), reflects his lifetime commitment to the intricate art of jazz. With an academic background from the New England Conservatory and Manhattan School of Music and performance credits alongside Joe LaBarbera and Antonio Sanchez, Keefe brings a wealth of experience and education to this seven-track offering. The album begins with Keefe's original composition, “Got a Chick?," ...

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Linley Hamilton: Ginger's Hollow

Read "Ginger's Hollow" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The follow-up to trumpeter Linley Hamilton's For The Record (Teddy D Records, 2020) has taken over three years to materialize, but when you consider what transpired globally in that time, just the act of picking up where he left off is something of a victory in itself. Talk about the difficult second album... Hamilton's trans-Atlantic quartet has its roots in the annual summer school/festival Sligo Jazz Project, where Hamilton, drummer Adam Nussbaum and bassist Mark Egan have all taught. The ...

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Hal Galper: Ivory Forest Redux

Read "Hal Galper: Ivory Forest Redux" reviewed by Paul Rauch


There are a myriad of reasons as to why two musicians may have a special chemistry. They may be aesthetic pertaining to style, or philosophical in terms of what direction their personal musical journeys are headed. For pianist Hal Galper and guitarist John Scofield, two recordings on the German Enja label in 1979 and 1980 demonstrated in no uncertain terms, that the two were well grounded in musical paths that while being decidedly different, coalesced peacefully in a hub of ...

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Francesco Cataldo: Giulia

Read "Giulia" reviewed by Neri Pollastri


Sa scegliersi i suoi partner il chitarrista e compositore siciliano Francesco Cataldo: dopo che nel suo primo disco Spaces (Alfa Music 2012) si era fatto affiancare dal conterraneo Salvatore Bonafede e dagli americani Erik Friedlander, David Binney, Scott Colley e Clarence Penn, e dopo aver suonato quel repertorio in un gruppo in cui compariva Kenny Werner, eccolo presentare un nuovo lavoro assieme al contrabbassista Piero Leveratto, che da anni vive in Sicilia, e a due icone d'oltreoceano quali sono il ...

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Francesco Cataldo: Giulia

Read "Giulia" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


There's pure, undiluted beauty emanating from the jewel of an introduction on Francesco Cataldo's Giulia. The Italian guitarist's patient and pristine lines set the scene for “I Tuoi Colori (Prologo)," and his equally graceful band mates—pianist Marc Copland, bassist Pietro Leveratto and drummer Adam Nussbaum—join him, slowly drifting out toward cool blue waters like those spied through the window on the album's cover. There's mystery in the setting, for sure, but also an easy satisfaction. And so it goes for ...

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Frank Tiberi, Joe Lovano and George Garzone: Tiberian Mode

Read "Tiberian Mode" reviewed by Jim Worsley


While the three tenor saxophone soloists with piano, bass, and drums was already a proven sextet formula, the Tiberian Mode is one of vast reproportioning and accelerated creativity. Led by big band divinity Frank Tiberi and two of his disciples, George Garzone, and Joe Lovano, the project unleashes power, vigor, and contrasting jazz sensibilities. Attention is piqued even before listening when you learn that the first song is the first and last section of John Coltrane's “Giant Steps" ...

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Linley Hamilton Quintet: For The Record

Read "For The Record" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Linley Hamilton's fifth album is a cross-Atlantic affair. Alongside regular collaborators Cian Boylan and Derek 'Doc' O'Connor, the Irish trumpeter has enrolled the services of New York heavyweights Adam Nussbaum and Mark Egan--fellow instructors at the annual Sligo Jazz Project where Hamilton has long been a fixture. The quintet rounded off a short Northern Irish tour in 2019 with a session in Dublin's Camden Recording Studio which realized the music herein. As on Hamilton's Making Other Arrangements (Teddy D Records, ...

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Opening

ZugzWangBeBop Records
2024

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Ginger's Hollow

Whirlwind Recordings
2023

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Ivory Forest Redux

Origin Records
2022

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For The Record

Teddy D Records
2020

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Giulia

Alfa Music
2020

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The Lead Belly Project

Sunnyside Records
2017

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Ivory Forest

From: Ivory Forest Redux
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