David R. Adler

David R.’s Contributions


08/01/13    Concerts

Wallace Roney Premieres Wayne Shorter’s Long-Lost “Universe”

Revelatory orchestral performance at NYC’s Jazz Standard


06/27/13    Features

Tony Malaby's Sound Studies

The saxophonist balances artistic daring and highly informed craftsmanship


06/17/13    Concerts

Vision Festival 18: Milford Graves

A Lifetime Achievement showcase for the drum legend in Brooklyn


05/05/13    Features

Chris Potter in Prime Time

The saxophonist reaches expressive new heights on his ECM leader debut


03/09/13    Features

Steve Kuhn: Remembering Tomorrow

At 75, a jazz piano giant reflects


01/14/13    Features

Meshell Ndegeocello: Master of the Mood

A career spent bridging musical worlds—with poise, and without compromise


10/04/12    Features

Kenny G: Good Humor Man

The mega-selling musician on his audience, the demise of smooth & his new comedy career


10/03/12    Features

Crossing Over: Is Smooth Jazz Dead?

David Adler on the sad state of a once-thriving format


09/02/12    Features

John Pizzarelli: Family Guy

The son of the great Bucky Pizzarelli has followed his own path


04/25/12    Features

Eddie Gomez: "I Love It All"

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


02/06/12    Features

Citizen Caine

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


01/12/12    News

NEA Jazz Masters Concert 2012

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


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


10/10/11    Features

Nicholas Payton: Where Raw Talent Meets Controversy

The wild world of jazz’s most provocative trumpeter


08/09/11    Features

Craig Taborn: Alone, at Last

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


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.

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About David R. Adler


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.