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Adam Lane Trio: Absolute Horizon

Read "Absolute Horizon" reviewed by John Sharpe

Not enough is heard from Brooklyn-born bassist Adam Lane. He boasts an impressive track record, illuminated by a series of outstanding recordings, mainly on the CIMP label, but culminating in the acclaimed Ashcan Rantings (Clean Feed, 2010). Nothing has surfaced under his own name since, so any new disc grabs attention. That's not to say he has been idle, notching up notable appearances on drummer William Hooker's excellent Bliss Suite (Not Two, 2010) which also featured rising star saxophonist Darius ...

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Adam Lane Trio: Absolute Horizon

Read "Absolute Horizon" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Adam Lane is among the best and brightest of the new wave of forward- looking jazz and improvising bassists, who along with his formidable cohorts exploit the trio format. Here, every inflection, tonality and nuance becomes prominently embedded into the group's stylization which is based on instant composition. No doubt, the musicians' astonishing synergy is a powerful underlying component. Sprinkled with off-kilter thematic overtures, blooming tone poems, and unwieldy or tumultuous breakouts, the trio largely straddles the avant-garde spectrum. Lane ...

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Adam Lane / Lou Grassi / Mark Whitecage: Drunk Butterfly

Read "Drunk Butterfly" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Connotations of a Drunk Butterfly might sound like a humorous proposition, especially when depicted in a cartoon. But art doesn't necessarily imitate art within this 2008 trio release. Sure, the trio embarks upon a few off-kilter flight patterns. However, the musical aspects present numerous examples steeped within the bop, or free-bop scheme of things. And with three highly revered New York area artists spinning a web of excitement, the music and overall effect convey a democratic engagement that occasionally projects ...

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Adam Lane: Buffalo & Four Corners

Read "Adam Lane: Buffalo & Four Corners" reviewed by Marc Medwin

Adam Lane Buffalo CIMP 2007 Magnus Broo / Adam Lane / Paal Nilssen-Love / Ken Vandermark 4 Corners Clean Feed 2007

These two recent releases prove, if further proof was needed, that Adam Lane is an original voice of which all bass enthusiasts should take note. His sense of groove is matched by ...

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Adam Lane: Buffalo

Read "Buffalo" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Buffalo, by bassist Adam Lane and his trio (Vinny Golia on tenor and soprano sax and drummer Vijay Anderson), represents the completion of a triptych taking place over two days in February, 2005. This live recording, on which trumpeter Paul Smoker sits in, is an example of the power that music can have when everything just clicks. Zero Degree Music (CIMP, 2005) and Music Degree Zero (CIMP, 2006) are the two studio recordings done on the 24th ...

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Adam Lane & Ken Vandermark: 4 Corners and New Magical Kingdom

Read "Adam Lane &  Ken Vandermark: 4 Corners and New Magical Kingdom" reviewed by Clifford Allen

Scandinavian cooperative trio The Thing is one of the more recent exponents of a hybridization of the visceral energies of free music and R&B-tinged punk rock. Such a meeting of genres may not be as strange as one might think. The group's reedman, Swede Mats Gustafsson, played in hardcore and punk outfits in his teens, and has remained invested in that music as much as he became entwined in Swedish free improvisation. His co-conspirators, bassist Ingebrigt Håker-Flaten and drummer Paal ...

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Adam Lane: New Magical Kingdom

Read "New Magical Kingdom" reviewed by Marc Medwin

It is standard rhetorical practice to speak of new ground being broken, of barriers being dissolved and of all melding with clarity into a singular vision, but there's increasingly little room for such claims to be made, even less for them to be taken seriously. This newest offering from the always interesting bassist and composer Adam Lane does no such thing. All of his influences are in plain view throughout as just that, apparent as the proverbial heart on sleeve. ...


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