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Ben Adams

Ben Adams has natural talent and a rare incisiveness that has enabled him to create a sublime sound on the vibraphone. He produces tones and rhythms on his instrument that range between such distinctive features as delicate sensitivity to passionate, explosive energy. With acute artistry and versatility, Ben demonstrates the subtleties of a variety of diverse musical genres. He has recently recorded an album as a bandleader that features his deeply illuminating jazz compositions.

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Born in 1976, it was at the age of five that Ben Adams began his musical explorations by playing the piano

Old Thoughts for a New Day

Label: Lunar Module Records
Released: 2006
Track listing: Avery's Bedtime Song; Conversation with Martin; Patron Saint of Lost Causes; The Actual; Sheltered Circle; Old Thoughts for a New Day; Pocket Fiction; Ghost at Infancy; Sea of Cortez.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Adams Quintet: Old Thoughts For A New Day

Read "Old Thoughts For A New Day" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

The vibraphone is not often a lead instrument, but Ben Adams brings it up front on this quintet outing featuring an erudite set of tunes that he wrote. The music breathes through several harmonic patterns, which makes it interesting all the way. The musicians contribute to make the experience all the more absorbing, maintaining focus and ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Adams Quintet: Old Thoughts for a New Day

Read "Old Thoughts for a New Day" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

It's difficult to describe an ensemble that's built around a vibraphone without using words like “glowing" or “luminous." Thanks to the mallet prowess of Steve Nelson, Dave Holland's bands, big and small, have those shining qualities. And so does Ben Adams' quintet on Old Thoughts for a New Day.Adams and his group shape their ...

Music for Six (Music of Todd Brindley Hershberger)

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2002
Track listing: 1. Sextet number one 2. Interlude for solo violin 3. Sextet number two 4. Interlude for solo cello 5. Sextet number three 6. Sextet number four 7. Postlude for solo vibraphone

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ben Adams Sextet: Music for Six (Music of Todd Brindley Hershberger)

Read "Music for Six (Music of Todd Brindley Hershberger)" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

The art of effective music composition should combine the vision and execution of the composer and artist, with some regard for the listening audience. Ben Adams Sextet's Music for Six features some beautiful and complex compositions by modern composer Todd Brindley Hershberger. Hershberger and Adams, both longtime friends and colleagues from Kansas, collaborated to create a ...


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