David R. Adler
David R.’s Contributions
The keeper of the Great American Songbook—and one of jazz's most important allies
The wild world of jazz’s most provocative trumpeter
On Avenging Angel, acclaimed sideman Craig Taborn makes an imposing solo piano statement
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
The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates the artisans of the archtop guitar
April 2011 Overdue Ovation
Bassist talks with David R. Adler about latest album and what he's had to overcome in recent years
March 2011 Features
Stunning recent recordings and two weighty box sets help tell the story of Henry Threadgill, an unstoppable American original.
June 2010 Features
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
Combining a yen for solo projects and a career-long immersion in music technology, Pat Metheny explores another frontier: “orchestrionics”
January/February 2010 Features
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
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
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...
“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
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
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...
Fittingly for shows on and around Halloween, there were different Enrico Pieranunzis on display last week at Birdland. The Italian master pianist spent two nights each with two starkly contrasting units: first a trio with bassist Steve Swallow and drummer...