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Adam Lane

Adam Lane

One concert, and bassist Adam Lane’s life was set. “I was 19 years old. I saw the Art Ensemble of Chicago perform, and it turned my world around. This was the point for me. It made complete sense, and it was what I was going to do,” he says. For Lane, the Art Ensemble combined all the music in his life-he played jazz and classical and listened to rock-into a cohesive, exciting whole. That wild synthesis became Lane’s inspiration, and Fred Hopkins became his primary model.

Lane then spent his 20s making his own wild syntheses. He lead and composed for a succession of large ensembles, like his still extant, Bay-area group the Full Throttle Orchestra, which combined everything from Japanese hardcore to Bootsy Collins and Charles Mingus. At the same time, Lane maxed out the timbral possibilities of his acoustic bass with distortion boxes and megaphones.

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