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Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms: From the Region

Read "From the Region" reviewed by Mark Corroto

An imagined overheard conversation in heaven between Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi goes something like this: “If only all music could swing this hard, there would be no need for war."Okay, maybe it wasn't MLK and Gandhi, but it could have been Horace Silver and Joey Ramone.In a trio format, Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz picks up his mallets where Sonny Rollins set down his saxophone after recording the classic trio date A Night At The Village ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms

Read "Sun Rooms" reviewed by Nic Jones

It's clear from Sun Rooms, perhaps more than from any of his previous efforts on record, that Jason Adasiewicz is offering something pretty personal. Sure, it's possible to name check both '60s-era Bobby Hutcherson and Walt Dickerson as points of reference, but they serve simply to highlight the fact that Adasiewicz is--for want of a better way of putting it--of a modern persuasion in both his composing and playing. Thus, for all the echoes of Andrew Hill ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms

Read "Sun Rooms" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Adasiewicz is making the vibraphone a necessary ingredient for music making in this century. His mallets have been featured in recordings by Josh Berman, Jason Ajemian, Harris Eisenstadt, the Lucky 7s, and Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra.As a leader, his two recordings with Rolldown, the self-titled 2008 disc on 482 Music and Varmint (Cuneiform, 2009) feature Josh Berman, Aram Shelton, Jason Roebke, and Frank Rosaly playing his original compositions. Here, he pares things down to a simple ...

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Jason Ajemian: Protest Heaven

Read "Protest Heaven" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Bassist Jason Ajemian assembled a company of improvisers in December, 2006 at Heaven Gallery in Chicago as part of a music series he had been curating since 2002. The assemblage named Jason Ajemian's Daydream Full Lifestyles contained the infamous Chicago Underground players Rob Mazurek (trumpet), Chad Taylor (drums) and Jeff Parker (guitar), plus the well-traveled Tony Malaby (tenor saxophone), Ajemian's mentor from his university days.

The result is heard here in a limited edition 180g vinyl release (also ...

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Jason Adasiewicz’s Rolldown: Varmint

Read "Varmint" reviewed by Nic Jones

Varmint is the second release from vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown, following its self-titled 2008 debut on 482 Music. It's clear, from this program, that Rolldown is not content to stay in one place; no mean feat, considering the extent to which this music pays homage to Blue Note's documentation of artists like Andrew Hill and Sam Rivers almost half a century ago.

The term homage is especially pertinent, as these performances don't merely flirt with the repertorial. Instead, they invoke ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

Read "Varmint" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz brings a wide ranging sensibility to his compositions. He has a strong feel for mainstream jazz that he pursues and invigorates with a range of free idioms. The music thrives and blossoms, not only in the potency of the mix, but also in its invention and surprise. His band mates enrich the tunes with their own visions even as they acknowledge the written note.

Adasiewicz wrote all the music for this record, except for Andrew Hill's “The ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

Read "Varmint" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose

Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz appears to imagine a world exploding with the most unimaginable sound possible, bringing to life what he hears in his inner ear. Varmint is brimming with the unimaginable as Adasiewicz and Rolldown, comprising of cornetist, Josh Berman, woodwinds multi-instrumentalist Aram Shelton, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Frank Rosaly hit a wonderful groove. Together the quintet pushes open the doors of perception, letting in a bright and vibrant new idiom of jazz. The gently resonant ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

Read "Varmint" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Jason Adasiewicz's quintet Rolldown, has been together since 2004, and Varmint, its second release, again invites you into Mr. Peabody's “wayback machine" (from The Rocky And Bullwinkle Show of the 1960s) to explore ancient history with a modern ear. That ancient history is the 1960's New Thing, and our explorers are armed with the knowledge of just how that story ended.Adasiewicz, a prime player in the continual resurgence of Chicago jazz, can be heard with Josh Berman (Old ...

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Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown: Varmint

Read "Varmint" reviewed by Troy Collins

Varmint is the sophomore follow up to Rolldown (482 Music, 2008), the self-titled debut of vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz's quintet. Inspired by the avant-garde innovations of such late 1960s Blue Note recording artists as Eric Dolphy, Andrew Hill, Bobby Hutcherson, Jackie McLean, and Grachan Moncur III, Adasiewicz continues to explore the tenuous divide between inside and outside forms, while gradually developing his own sound.

From supple kaleidoscopic shadings to ringing, metallic cascades, Adasiewicz's dynamic versatility as an improviser has ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Rolldown

Read "Rolldown" reviewed by John Sharpe

Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz has likely listened to a lot of Monk. Not that this adventurous quintet outing is another addition to the already crowded oeuvre of Monkian repertory, but more because the disjointed rhythms, odd suspensions, long tones and variable tempos echo the late pianist's angularity and obliqueness.

This set was recorded back in 2005, following a year's sabbatical during which Adasiewicz composed the seven pieces heard here (actually eight when you include the video only “Hide"), begging the question ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Rolldown

Read "Rolldown" reviewed by Troy Collins

Former indie rock drummer turned jazz vibraphonist, Jason Adasiewicz has slowly but surely made his mark on the vibrant Chicago jazz scene. With musical roots in the alt-country circuit, the former drummer for Pinetop Seven and singer Edith Frost is now a regular sideman to Fred Lonberg-Holm, Rob Mazurek, Nicole Mitchell, Mike Reed and Ken Vandermark.

The self-titled debut of his Rolldown ensemble shares more than a passing similarity to the classic mid-60s Blue Note sessions of such ...

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Jason Adasiewicz: Rolldown

Read "Rolldown" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, is one of a number of rising new vibe players of particular note, including Mike Pinto, Dan McCarthy, Chris Dingman. His percussive, piano-like abilities on the instrument are perceptibly clear on his aspiring debut, Rolldown, leading his working band of the same name--Josh Berman (cornet), Aram Shelton (reeds), Jason Roebke (bass) and Frank Rosaly (drums); all of whom are a part of the vibrant Chicago progressive music scene.While the recording draws clear influences from 1960s ...


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