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Adam Kolker: Reflections

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I should not like this record. It has overdubs and track-to-track personnel changes, both pet peeves. Judi Silvano, an artist I have never gotten, sings one song. Five players on the date contribute seven originals, which usually means that a leader is more generous than wise.

But on Tom Jones’ “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” Adam Kolker overdubs alto flute, bass clarinet, flute and clarinet in a seductive, airy introductory fugue. It becomes a rapt, intricately detailed duet, Kolker’s tenor saxophone in the left channel, John Abercrombie’s guitar in the right. In a world of boisterous in-your-face tenors, Kolker, with his continuous subtle melodic discoveries, makes you come to him. He is, with Rich Perry, one of the two great less-is-more tenor players deserving of much more attention.

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