David R. Adler

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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...


11/04/08    Concerts

Enrico Pieranunzi at Birdland

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...


November 2008    Artist Profiles

Rebecca Martin: Post-Pop

I think all my records have a roundness to them,” says singer-songwriter Rebecca Martin. “Some records are angular, but I think of my records as big circles.” On The Growing Season, her fourth solo release and her debut on the Sunnyside label, Martin widens...


November 2008    Albums

The Light and Other Things
Giacomo Merega/David Tronzo/Noah Kaplan

This is the debut recording of Italian-born electric bassist Giacomo Merega, although given the collaborative nature of the music, it’s fair that guitar innovator David Tronzo and Brooklyn-based saxophonist Noah Kaplan get equal billing. Inspired in part...


10/30/08    Concerts

Creative Music Studio Celebration

From the stage at Symphony Space, pianist/vibraphonist Karl Berger wondered aloud: If he mentioned Creative Music Studio (CMS), the entity being celebrated this evening, would people know what he was talking about? It may still be one of the more obscure...


October 2008    Artist Profiles

Mike Reed: Doubled Up

Chicago drummer Mike Reed drops two ambitious albums on the same day When drummer Mike Reed recorded The Speed of Change and Proliferation, he didn’t foresee putting both out at the same time. But together, the two discs (on 482 Music) say something important...

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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.