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Adam Cruz: Milestone

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Patience is a virtue of which Adam Cruz is amply possessed. The release of Milestone, the drummer’s debut CD as a leader, coincides with his 40th birthday, which also marks the 10th anniversary of his role alongside bassist Ben Street in pianist Danilo Perez’s trio.

The influence of that decade-long stint on Cruz’s writing is obvious in the eight vibrant, often-ambitious compositions that make up Milestone. But Cruz’s patience is manifest in the way he allows each piece to unfurl slowly, each section and solo seeming to dissolve into the next. The tunes tend to be long but maintain an intimacy; with the expanded time comes more room to breathe.

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