David R. Adler

David R.’s Contributions

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04/25/12    Features

Eddie Gomez: "I Love It All"

The supremely versatile and lyrical bassist on Evans, Corea, solo work and more

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02/06/12    Features

Citizen Caine

Uri Caine: mind of a maestro, heart of a sideman

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01/12/12    News

NEA Jazz Masters Concert 2012

A parade of jazz giants salutes the newest recipients of jazz's highest honor

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12/19/11    Features

Michael Feinstein: Don't Call Him Cabaret

The keeper of the Great American Songbook—and one of jazz's most important allies

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10/10/11    Features

Nicholas Payton: Where Raw Talent Meets Controversy

The wild world of jazz’s most provocative trumpeter

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08/09/11    Features

Craig Taborn: Alone, at Last

On Avenging Angel, acclaimed sideman Craig Taborn makes an imposing solo piano statement

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06/13/11    Features

Donny McCaslin: Big Love

Kind, dependable and diligent, Donny McCaslin is also a supremely gifted technician and an endlessly curious improviser—a certified player's player. But for the 44-year-old family man, chops aren't the point. McCaslin is trying to move people.

May 2011    Features

String Kings: Guitar Exhibit at Met in NYC

The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the artisans of the archtop guitar

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April 2011    Overdue Ovation

Kermit Driscoll: A Resolution Realized

Bassist talks with David R. Adler about latest album and what he's had to overcome in recent years

March 2011    Features

Henry Threadgill: Be Ever Out

Stunning recent recordings and two weighty box sets help tell the story of Henry Threadgill, an unstoppable American original.

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June 2010    Features

David S. Ware: After the Storm

Still coping with the aftermath of a kidney transplant, David S. Ware forges ahead with solo saxophone, a new trio and a return to the Vision Festival this summer

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03/08/10    Features

Pat Metheny: Welcome to the Machine

Combining a yen for solo projects and a career-long immersion in music technology, Pat Metheny explores another frontier: “orchestrionics”

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January/February 2010    Features

Matthew Shipp: Song of Himself

As his 50th birthday approaches, Matthew Shipp upholds the avant-garde ideal with a new solo piano album and a creative temperament as restless as ever

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May 2009    Features

John Hollenbeck: Big Apple to Brotherly Love

Gongs ring out, loud and long, followed by the boom of timpani and the sparse rattle of percussion. Then, from the rear of Philadelphia’s Painted Bride Art Center, out of view, several horns begin an achingly dissonant rubato theme. Soon the players emerge...

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April 2009    Features

Tarbaby: Back to Basics

I don’t want to hug the tar baby …” With these words, sampled and spliced into a hip-hop montage, Tar Baby’s eponymous debut begins. The voice belongs to the late Tony Snow, press secretary for the Bush White House, who used the term from the Br’er Rabbit...

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02/02/09    Concerts

Keith Jarrett Solo at Carnegie Hall

“This recording studio has more people in it than any other studio I’ve been in,” said Keith Jarrett at Carnegie Hall, in his first New York solo engagement since September 2005. The pianist was feeling talkative, although the lighthearted quips came later...

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About David R. Adler

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David R. Adler writes on music, politics and culture from his home in New York. His work has appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, JazzTimes, DownBeat, Jazziz, Slate, Time Out New York, The New York Times, Forward, The New Republic Online and many other outlets. David is also a "New York @ Night" columnist and regular contributor to The New York City Jazz Record (formerly All About Jazz-New York). His blog Lerterland can be found at blog.adlermusic.com.