As most readers know, I rarely feature new jazz albums at JazzWax. I simply don't have the time. My heart is in the music of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, and JazzWax is really an educational blog providing those in the know and those new to jazz with a roadmap and recommendations. Every so often, however, a track pops up that lures me into a knockout new-album experience. Dan Adler's new Friends on the Moon is one of those standouts.
Dan's approach on the guitar has a legacy feel. There's a touch of Wes Montgomery here and there, and a Jimmy Raney flavor in his sound. In addition, Dan can swing and compose. On his new album, Dan is backed by pianist Donald Vega, bassist Arnon Palty and drummer Byron Landham. All of the songs are originals and wonderful. Dan wrote Friends on the Moon, Deep Blue Waltz, I Just Did, Forget Me Not and It's Fine. Palty wrote House Is What, Let's Stay Warm, Shiny Dolphins, Cat and a Boat and Sweet Yardley.
For years, the guitar was a pastime for Dan. Born in Tel-Aviv, Israel, he spent his college years studying computer science and electrical engineering. After college, he worked in the technology sector and developed software. Through the years, he played guitar on the side. Since fourth grade, in fact. For Dan's complete bio, go here.
Dan also recently started a video series on active jazz listening for the layperson (go here).
In recent weeks, I've found myself listening to Friends on the Moon as I write. The album is highly seasoned and sophisticated, allowing Dan's electric guitar to show off its ringing colors and beauty.
JazzWax tracks: You'll find Dan Adler's Friends on the Moon (Emdan) here.