All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

3

Adi Meyerson: Where We Stand

Jerome Wilson By

Sign in to view read count
Adi Meyerson is a young bassist and composer living in New York City. She shows a healthy respect for jazz tradition on her debut CD but also shows the ability to play around with more open-ended musical forms.

Most of the tracks have the feel of a hard-blowing '60s jazz combo with Joel Frahm's tenor sax and Freddie Hendrix's trumpet swooping and punching in unison over lively rhythm playing before soaring into their individual solos. "Eunice" has a slow, throbbing bass line underscoring gorgeous blues crying from both horns, "A Touch Of Grey" is a moving and sentimental ballad that features haunting piano by Mike King and soulfully subdued tenor by Frahm and "A 'D' Train" and "Rice & Beans" have the swagger and drive of a classic Herbie Hancock or Lee Morgan Blue Note session with the horns swaying along tight melody grooves and King going on sparking piano runs.

Not everything is in this style. "Holes" is a tender and reflective piano trio piece with Meyerson's thoughtful bass sound featured in the foreground. Then there are the two pieces that feature vocalist and guitarist Camila Meza. On "Where We Stand" her wordless voice hovers above meditative piano, sounding like Flora Purim singing with the original Return to Forever. "Little Firefly" is the anomaly of the entire set, a bit of airy jazz-rock where Meza coos out lyrics over a circular melody as Frahm's soprano sax dances and plays a free-swinging guitar solo over bumpy rhythm accents. Elsewhere "TNT" has Frahm and Hendrix powering hot, funky solos over a frantic up-tempo beat laid out by Kush Abadey and "Unfinished Business" brings the set to a mellow conclusion with a tropically-accented melody, cool horn harmonies and another solid bass solo by the leader.

Adi Meyerson can compose strong, memorable tunes both in the mainstream jazz style and in more open, progressive formats. This is a promising first effort from her and it will be interesting to see how she develops from here.

Track Listing: Rice & Beans; A "D" Train; Eunice - Intro; Eunice; Little Firefly; A Touch of Grey; TNT; Holes; Where We Stand; Unfinished Business.

Personnel: Adi Meyerson: bass; Camila Meza: voice, guitar (5, 9); Joel Frahm: tenor & soprano saxophone (1, 2, 4-7, 10); Freddie Hendrix: trumpet (1, 2, 4, 7, 10); Mike King: piano; Kush Abadey: drums.

Title: Where We Stand | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Self Produced

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Related Articles

Read Faroe CD/LP/Track Review
Faroe
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: August 15, 2018
Read The Darkness Of A Fairy Tale CD/LP/Track Review
The Darkness Of A Fairy Tale
by Gareth Thompson
Published: August 15, 2018
Read Stained Glass & Technicolor Grooves CD/LP/Track Review
Stained Glass & Technicolor Grooves
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 15, 2018
Read A Journey CD/LP/Track Review
A Journey
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 15, 2018
Read Decay Of The Angel CD/LP/Track Review
Decay Of The Angel
by Mark Corroto
Published: August 14, 2018
Read Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica CD/LP/Track Review
Encontros - Orquestra Atlantica
by Chris Mosey
Published: August 14, 2018
Read "Fragments" CD/LP/Track Review Fragments
by John Sharpe
Published: May 7, 2018
Read "Walk The Walk" CD/LP/Track Review Walk The Walk
by Friedrich Kunzmann
Published: June 21, 2018
Read "Say" CD/LP/Track Review Say
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 30, 2018
Read "Platinum on Tap" CD/LP/Track Review Platinum on Tap
by Geannine Reid
Published: September 8, 2017
Read "VISIONS: Coast to Coast Connection" CD/LP/Track Review VISIONS: Coast to Coast Connection
by Glenn Astarita
Published: March 11, 2018
Read "Ravensburg" CD/LP/Track Review Ravensburg
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: March 17, 2018