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Adam Birnbaum: Three of a Mind

Read "Three of a Mind" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Pianist/composer Adam Birnbaum has performed in the company of diverse leaders such as traditionalist trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, the edgier saxophonist Greg Osby and the eclectic composer/conductor Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society. On one hand Birnbaum is a change agent having utilized three different rhythm sections in as many outings as a trio leader. He also demonstrates a strong conviction for retaining a musical style rooted in fundamentals. On Three of a Mind he is joined by veteran drummer ...

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Adam Birnbaum: Travels

Read "Travels" reviewed by Christopher Shoe

Travels is the long awaited debut album for one of the younger voices in jazz piano. The term debut, however, is ill suited for someone like Adam Birnbaum, who has spent his short career opening for, and performing with, some of the better-known names in the industry such as saxophonist Greg Osby and pianist Brad Mehldau. As a result, the music presented in this album reflects a well thought-out, technically proficient, and quite simply, talented pianist who is at the ...

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Adam Birnbaum: Travels

Read "Travels" reviewed by Marcia Hillman

Pianist Adam Birnbaum gets around a lot, both geographically and musically--touring West Africa, for example, as part of the Rhythm Road program. Here however, he and his traveling companions--Sharel Cassity (alto and soprano saxophone), Joe Sanders (bass) and Rodney Green (drums)--take a musical journey through material mostly composed by the pianist. Birnbaum's credentials are impressive. He studied at the New England Conservatory of Music's Preparatory School, graduated from Juilliard's Jazz Studies inaugural class and has won numerous ...


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