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New music from Adam Kolker plus a selection of recent albums

Read "New music from Adam Kolker plus a selection of recent albums" reviewed by Bob Osborne


There's an international feel to this show with music from around the world. The main focus is on the excellent new release from Adam Kolker. There's also the Anglo-Belgian pairing of the Damon Brown & Stephane Mercier Quintet, Canadian William Chernoff, and from the North West of England a new band from Nick Steed called THR33. I also feature music out of the USA from Restroy, James Brandon Lewis Quartet, Noah Haidu and from Australia Ken Stubbs. ...

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Album Review

Xavi Maureta & Adam Kolker: La Perfeccio de la Irrealitat

Read "La Perfeccio de la Irrealitat" reviewed by Greg Simmons


La Perfecció de la Irrealitat is a sophisticated, expressive collection of compositions. Each tracks is layered with intricate musical constructs, building single-instrument melodies into fully articulated ensemble statements. Even at its most aggressive improvisational points, the quintet's sense of melodic continuity and ensemble character remain intact. Initially, great melodies rule the day, but the band takes a detour when it gets to “JV," opening with the drunken ramble of five barflies determinedly singing a song they only half-remember. ...

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Album Review

Adam Kolker: Reflections

Read "Reflections" reviewed by Raul d'Gama Rose


If, by some twist of fate, winds and reeds player Adam Kolker were not to be a musician, he would certainly have made a name for himself as a painter. Here too he would have had a choice of media, for he would have done extremely well as an impressionist whose canvases recalled the brilliance of Monet, or a water colorist who would have done the Japanese tradition proud. As it happens, he seems to have accomplished all of this ...

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Album Review

Adam Kolker: Flag Day

Read "Flag Day" reviewed by Elliott Simon


Flag Day, from saxophonist Adam Kolker, exquisitely raises the standard of creative improvisation with its refreshingly cerebral musical explorations. Kolker is of the school that favors unhurried journeys through tunes. This allows the musicians to discover interesting musical nooks and crannies, expand on them and in the process create new music. Kolker wields an elegant instrument, whether it is his tenor, soprano, flute or clarinet, on these eight tunes. And he and the rest of this quartet forcefully remind that ...

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Wide Open Jazz and Beyond

Adam Kolker

Read "Adam Kolker" reviewed by Peter Madsen


The sometimes heard, “those that can't do, teach" is a description not very fitting of the jazz world as hundreds of great musicians have become professors at some of the finest educational institutions around the world as well as teach privately at home. Many elder statesmen such as pianists Kenny Barron and Barry Harris as well as saxophonists Jackie McLean and Yusef Lateef not to mention trumpeters Donald Byrd and Bill Dixon (just to mention a few) have been teaching ...

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Album Review

Adam Kolker: Sultanic Verses

Read "Sultanic Verses" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Reedman Adam Kolker has garnered three Grammy nominations for his work alongside percussionist Ray Barretto. Now, as the leader on Sultanic Verses, he teams up again with Barretto, whose churning rhythms aid and abet pianist Bruce Barth, bassist John Herbert, and drummer Billy Hart.Four tunes are "Verses," shuffled in with the Kolker originals and a couple of time- polished classics: Monk's "Epistrophy" and the American Songbook gem, "All or Nothing at All." The Verses are duets, featuring Kolker's ...

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Album Review

Adam Kolker: Crazybird

Read "Crazybird" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


“Crazybird” represents a group of young, talented New York based modern jazz musicians led by saxophonist Adam Kolker. Kolker has sewn roots with the likes of Maria Schneider, Bobby Previte and others.

The set opens with an up-tempo take on Monk’s “Green Chimneys”. A New Orleans style shuffle beat adds a fresh twist while quickly transforming into a bump and grind swing bash. Drummer Jeff Ballard shines here and throughout with polyrhythmic force and ferocious swing. Ballard is also a ...


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