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Greg Adams: Cool to the Touch

Bay Area native and trumpeter Greg Adams helped define Tower of Power’s wall-of-horns sound with his arranging. He’s guested on hundreds of CDs and even offered a few solo CDs. So it’s heartening to report that now, at age 54, he’s released his most compelling and fun CD to date. Sure, he’s a polished professional who knows how to put together upbeat and smooth instrumental pop with a brassy edge. But the hipness and beginning-to-end goodness of this project is in large part due to Adams’ return to his independent roots after resurrecting Los Angeles-based Ripa Records, which he cofounded in 2002.

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