292

Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms

Nic Jones By

Sign in to view read count
Jason Adasiewicz: Sun Rooms 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 in compositional terms on "Life," the trio's sly, allusive interplay—emphasized in a far from predictable fashion by the leader's tone—is entirely its own. What's also notable is the ground the trio covers, rhythmically speaking. Mike Reed is habitually one of those exceptionally alert drummers, and it's certainly true that, here, he both lifts the proceedings and works for his band mates in a notable achievement of balance.

Another facet of the band's collective personality is revealed on "Rose Garden." As close as anything here to a vehicle for wide ranging play, the end result still retains a cohesion born of unity of purpose. By way of icing on the cake, Adasiewicz proves himself to be one of those soloists for whom mere technical display is anathema. His accompaniment during Nate McBride's bass solo is something else, too—the product of a rarefied harmonic sense.

"Off My Back Jack" is further out than anything else in the program, but in this trio's hands this is no mere striving for effect. The level of interplay, which can only be the product of deep listening, is extraordinary, and when the music coalesces, all three players come together in a manner as natural as breathing, resulting in a three-way conversation which, while referencing some of pianist Bill Evans's trios, is again pertinent as only a point of reference.

Duke Ellington's "Warm Valley" closes things, a reading which might take the piece as far as it's ever been on record. McBride's solo is a concise musical statement, before the trio takes the piece as a kind of languorous lope. Its performance of such a well-known piece emphasizes just how this group's collective voice has been honed by a shared and highly individual sensibility.


Track Listing: Get In There; Life; Stake; Rose Garden; You Can't; Off My Back Jack; Overtones Of China; Warm Valley.

Personnel: Jason Adasiewicz; vibes; Nate McBride: bass; Mike Reed: drums.

Year Released: 2010 | Record Label: Delmark Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Related Video

Shop

  • Hide
    Hide
    Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown
    Varmint
CD/LP/Track Review
Live Reviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Bobby Hutcherson Bobby Hutcherson
vibraphone
Henry Grimes Henry Grimes
bass, acoustic
James Zollar James Zollar
trumpet
Mike Reed Mike Reed
drums
Don Thompson Don Thompson
multi-instrumentalist
Bob Lark Bob Lark
trumpet
Orbert Davis Orbert Davis
trumpet
Jamie Fox Jamie Fox
guitar
Diego Rivera Diego Rivera
saxophone
Mark Buselli Mark Buselli
trumpet

More Articles

Read Transparent Water CD/LP/Track Review Transparent Water
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Billows Of Blue CD/LP/Track Review Billows Of Blue
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Love Dance CD/LP/Track Review Love Dance
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 20, 2017
Read Honest Woman CD/LP/Track Review Honest Woman
by James Nadal
Published: February 20, 2017
Read June CD/LP/Track Review June
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 19, 2017
Read The Final Concert CD/LP/Track Review The Final Concert
by John Sharpe
Published: February 19, 2017
Read "Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5" CD/LP/Track Review Freedom Jazz Dance: The Bootleg Series Vol. 5
by Doug Collette
Published: October 19, 2016
Read "Intermetallic Compounds" CD/LP/Track Review Intermetallic Compounds
by Karl Ackermann
Published: March 18, 2016
Read "New World" CD/LP/Track Review New World
by Roger Farbey
Published: March 9, 2016
Read "Caipi" CD/LP/Track Review Caipi
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 9, 2017
Read "Calm" CD/LP/Track Review Calm
by Edward Blanco
Published: May 25, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!