Mesmerizing modern free jazz Adam Nolan Trio – LISTEN TO ME NOW: The players are Adam Nolan – alto saxophone; Derek Whyte – electric bass and Jason McNamara – drums, and they will hold you spellbound on Adam’s latest release… first, I recommend you watch and listen to a clip for “Abandon Notions” from the album…
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My introduction to Adam’s splendid music was for his “Prim and Primal” album, where he got very high marks from me, and on tunes like the 6:18 “Solitude” from the new album, you’ll hear exactly why he got those ratings… the bass lead-in moves ever-so-gently into a free-form fantasy world that highlights Adam’s sax very nicely… I have no doubt that jazz DJ’s ’round the globe will be plugging this song in for regular rotations!
The 5:35 “Protests” will put you in the mood to live your own life in whatever style you choose, and without regard for the conventions that so often lead to disaster in our daily lives… most notable (to me, anyway) is that this is all done with a degree of accessibility seldom achieved in free jazz.
On “We Can Go Separate Ways“, I am reminded of some of the excellent improvised electric bass work by my friend Brian Kastan… in fact, I’d love to see Brian playing together with Adam… the strongest impression you’ll get from this performance is the strong sense of movement; crystal-clear recording and stellar playing make this a piece that you’ll be listening to over and over (and OVER) again!
I had an easy choice when picking my personal favorite of the eight exciting tunes offered up… “Volcanos” starts off with a somewhat slow “rumble”, but the tension builds to fever pitch and amazing adventure levels in short order… the interaction between the three players is perfect.
This superb trio album gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99. Get more information (and pre-order) on Adam’s website. Rotcod Zzaj
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