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Jason Adasiewicz’s Sun Rooms: From the Region

Vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz has become known for boundary-shattering exploration through his work with improvisers such as Josh Berman, Keefe Jackson, Jeb Bishop, Rob Mazurek and Mike Reed (who appears on this CD). His own music, though, is as welcoming as it is challenging. Even listeners with relatively conventional tastes can feel at home in Adasiewicz’s aesthetic world.

Adasiewicz’s lush harmonies, roomy echo, unforced attack and expansive, non-linear melodic/chordal structures evoke dreamlike soundscapes both warm and captivating; he exploits his instrument’s percussive nature to coax his listeners to “bob their heads and let the music be social,” as he puts it in the liner notes. Drummer Reed is likewise dexterous but never harsh; he doesn’t “swing the band” (as we used to say) as much as he participates in and enlivens the swing that evolves organically from the interplay among himself, Adasiewicz and bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten.

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