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Adam Rogers

Adam Rogers

After the breakup of the powerful fusion band Lost Tribe, guitarist Adam Rogers refocused his energies on a new guitaristic direction. Now he’s more likely to play his Gibson ES-335 with a warm yet pungent tone in the more traditional “acoustic jazz” manner of Pat Martino, George Benson or Wes Montgomery, the three guitarists who affected him most in his formative years. “At a certain point I made a decision for my career as a sideman and as a leader that I really wanted to focus on playing acoustic jazz because it was probably the most satisfying to me, although I do play all these other different kinds of music, and I love doing all of them.”

That clear, rich and full tone-along with Rogers’ uncannily fluid linear style, pristine articulation and daring improvisational streak-has graced recent recordings by such a diverse list of musicians as Michael and Randy Brecker, New York Voices, Norah Jones and Lizz Wright, among others. He has toured extensively with Cassandra Wilson and works regularly with singer Luciana Souza in a spare trio setting along with bassist and frequent collaborator Scott Colley.

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