All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

149

Adam Kolker: Sultanic Verses

Dan McClenaghan By

Sign in to view read count
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 sweet-toned soprano weaving around Barretto's fluid grooves. "All or Nothing at All" showcases Kolker's airy yet still substantial tenor tone, along with Barth's crisp and sublime keyboard accompaniment. On the Monk tune Barth eschews Thelonious's angularity and sits in with a straight up precision, and "Blues" has that relaxed, smooth-flowing after-hours feel. "Remembrance," Kolker's dedication to his mother, closes the with a beautiful, delicate melody on tenor that Barth accentuates with reverent light touch.

Visit www.satchmojazz.com .

Track Listing: Sultan's Dream, Waves, Verse 1, Track 4, Verse 2, Epistrophy, Dolphin Dance, Verse 3, All or Nothing at All, Blues, Verse 4, Remebrance

Personnel: Adam Kolker, tenor and soprano sax; Bruce Barth, piano; John Herbert, bass; Billy Hart, drums; Ray Barretto, percussion

Title: Sultanic Verses | Year Released: 2003 | Record Label: Satchmo Jazz Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

CD/LP/Track Review
Wide Open Jazz and Beyond
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Beckon

Beckon

Sunnyside Records
2017

buy
Reflections

Reflections

Sunnyside Records
2011

buy
La Perfeccio de la Irrealitat

La Perfeccio de la...

New Mood Jazz Records
2011

buy
Flag Day

Flag Day

Sunnyside Records
2009

buy
La Perfeccio de la Irrealitat

La Perfeccio de la...

New Mood Jazz Records
2008

buy

Related Articles

Read Dawn CD/LP/Track Review
Dawn
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Life Of CD/LP/Track Review
Life Of
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun CD/LP/Track Review
Downtown Castles Can Never Block The Sun
by Gareth Thompson
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Enso CD/LP/Track Review
Enso
by Mark Corroto
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Let Your Light Shine On CD/LP/Track Review
Let Your Light Shine On
by Chris May
Published: May 27, 2018
Read Dirt...And More Dirt CD/LP/Track Review
Dirt...And More Dirt
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: May 26, 2018
Read "May I Introduce To You" CD/LP/Track Review May I Introduce To You
by James Nadal
Published: August 23, 2017
Read "The Other Side of Time" CD/LP/Track Review The Other Side of Time
by Gareth Thompson
Published: January 30, 2018
Read "Don't You Wish" CD/LP/Track Review Don't You Wish
by Dr. Judith Schlesinger
Published: April 20, 2018
Read "Pelagos" CD/LP/Track Review Pelagos
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 3, 2017
Read "Song of the Silver Geese" CD/LP/Track Review Song of the Silver Geese
by Hrayr Attarian
Published: December 18, 2017
Read "History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy" CD/LP/Track Review History Of The Lisbon Chaplaincy
by Mark Corroto
Published: July 13, 2017