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The straight-ahead guitar trio led by Adam Rafferty preserves tradition while injecting new energy into today's jazz scene. Their desire stems from an appreciation of what the music can do for your heart. While this trio's music is contemporary, it's out of a love for the process that they perform. Thus, Three Souls appeals to both contemporary and smooth jazz audiences as well as to mainstream collectors.
Rafferty's guitar flows seamlessly along melodic paths with a velvet technique. It's no wonder that he decided to dedicate one each of his eleven compositions to Wes Montgomery and George Benson.
Danton Boller continues to impress, as he emerges on the worldwide jazz scene with a voice of his own. A lyrical bassist with veteran chops, he works cohesively with guitar and drums and stretches out casually on his own.
Drummer Tomas Fujiwara swings with a quiet energy that propels the trio along shaded paths and sheltered gathering places. Three Souls comes out of New York; but its emphasis lies in the beauty of Central Park, the Atlantic's wide open coastline, and the city's valuable art centers.
Even their faster numbers carry with them a gentle spirit that rings true. Forget about crowded subways, traffic jams and congested sidewalks. The Adam Rafferty Trio rides the jazz tradition to express their love for what good music can do for you.
I love jazz because I enjoy the freedom.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was 17.
I met Cedar Walton at a concert in San Paulo.
The best show I ever attended was Helio Jambao trio.
The first jazz record I bought was Witchcraft by George Benson.
My advice to new listeners is listen to the old school first.