David R. Adler

David R.’s Contributions


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.

May 2011    Features

String Kings: Guitar Exhibit at Met in NYC

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


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.


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


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”


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


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...


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...


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...


January/February 2009    News

Revive Da Live: Put Your Horns Up

Last November at (Le) Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding could be heard freestyling with an unlikely collaborator: Jeru the Damaja, one of the best underground rappers of the ’90s. The occasion? A late-night event produced...


December 2008    Artist Profiles

Francisco Mela: Free Jazz Latin

Like many musicians, drummer Francisco Mela is impatient with categories, but he’s willing to pin down his mercurial concept as “free jazz Latin.” With his second album as a leader, Cirio: Live at the Blue Note, the New York-based Cuban native continues...

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