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Ben Adams Quintet Upcoming Appearances

Ben Adams Is Pleased To Announce His Upcoming Appearances In Support of His New CD Old Thoughts for a New Day (Lunar Module Records)

8/19/06 Ben Adams Quintet
Cafe Van Kleef
1621 Telegraph Ave.
Oakland, CA

Ben Adams -vibraphone
Erik Jekabson-trumpet, flugelhorn
Bryan McVicker-tenor saxophone
Aaron Cohn-bass
Andre Sumelius-drums

Ben Adams Quintet
8:00pm & 10:00pm
Jazz at Pearl's
256 Columbus Ave.
San Francisco, CA

Ben Adams-vibraphone
Erik Jekabson-trumpet, flugelhorn
Mitch Marcus-tenor saxophone
Fred Randolph-bass
Andre Sumelius-drums

What the press is saying about Ben Adams...

“His chops are soulful and his touch contains just the right sensitivity. Good jazz vibist are rare, and Adams is a real find." - Mark F. Turner, All About Jazz

“The cool intelligence of his improvising shows why Adams is a class act who helps to extend the mainstream lineage of Red Norvo-Lionel Hampton-Milt Jackson-Bobby Hutcherson-Gary Burton (to name but five)." - David Lewis, Cadence Magazine

“The vibraphone is not often a lead instrument, but Ben Adams brings it up front on this quintet outing featuring an erudite set of tunes that he wrote. The music breathes through several harmonic patterns, which makes it interesting all the way. The musicians contribute to make the experience all the more absorbing, maintaining focus and employing an impeccable sense of time and swing." - Jerry D'Souza, All About Jazz

“As the title of this colorful, multi-mood jazz date promises, the innovative vibist is entering a new realm in which he's the main composer but the glorious ghosts of his inspirations are clear for all to hear. Ben Adams included a few originals on his critically acclaimed debut, The Figured Wheel, and then devoted Music for Six to the music of composer Todd Brindley Hershberger. On this collection, he and his explosive Bay Area-based quintet tap into those old thoughts for motivation, but the stellar material is all new. Vibe- wise (pun intended), the richly textured tracks range from the seductive and subtle beauty of the lullaby “Avery's Bedtime Song" to the swinging, hard-blowing “Conversation with Martin," the melancholy and slightly off-tone “Patron Saint of Lost Causes," and the bright, brassy Wayne Shorter tribute “The Actual." The most fascinating aspect of the set is the many ways Adams uses his shimmering vibes -- as the bright lead melody over the darker tones of the title track, as a charged vehicle for improvisation (as on “The Actual"), and as a gentle harmony element behind the scorching horns of Erik Jekabson (trumpet, flgelhorn) and Mitch Marcus (tenor sax) on “Ghost at Infancy." A treat for serious vibes fans as well as adventurous, forward-thinking jazz fans in general, Old Thoughts for a New Day predicts a bright future ahead for both Adams and the tradition of his cherished instrument." - Jonathan Widran All Music Guide

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