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Before & After with Guitarist Adam Rogers

Absorbing and avoiding influence

Adam Rogers

Acknowledged as one of the best jazz guitarists to emerge in the past 20 years, Adam Rogers has since 2002 released five superb recordings as a leader for the Criss Cross label, most recently 2009’s Sight, a potent trio session with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Clarence Penn. Originally a Hendrix-inspired Stratocaster player, Rogers created a stir during the early ’90s with the renegade fusion band Lost Tribe, which featured saxophonist David Binney, guitarist David Gilmore, bassist Fima Ephron and drummer Ben Perowsky. He subsequently toured and recorded with saxophonists Bill Evans and Michael Brecker and trumpeter Randy Brecker and worked with singers Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Luciana Souza, Melissa Walker and Magos Herrera.

More recently, Rogers has been featured in Chris Potter’s Underground and Randy Brecker’s “Pop” project. (The latter group performs Kenny Werner’s “derangements” of noted pop, rock and R&B sides Brecker played on.) As a leader, Rogers currently fronts two separate projects: a jazz quartet featuring Penn, either Scott Colley or Matt Brewer on bass and either Craig Taborn or David Virelles on piano; and the Band of Gypsys-inspired power trio DICE, in which he’s joined by Ephron and drummer Nate Smith. In every setting, the New York City native exhibits exquisite control and taste as an accompanist and a scorching, postbop-meets-Hendrix single-note attack as a soloist.

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