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Veteran drummer Dick Berk led a series of groups under the name of the Jazz Adoption Society in the 1990s, featuring young up-and-coming players. This set has superior solos from pianist Tad Weed (the group's musical director) and trombonist Andy Martin, plus fine backup work from bassist Jeff Littleton, but it is most notable for the hard-charging solos of tenor saxophonist Jay Collins. The opening "New Life Blues" (which near its beginning has a tenor-drums duet) sets the mood for the rest of the fine hard bop date. Other highlights along the way are a rare post-Coltrane version of "My Favorite Things," "You Know I Care," Thelonious Monk's "Let's Cool One," and Berk's "Roberta." Easily recommended to straight-ahead jazz fans.


Born: 22 May 1939 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Leader of the Jazz Adoption Agency since the early '80s, Dick Berk was important both as a stimulating drummer and as a talent scout. After attending the Berklee College of Music and playing with bands in Boston in the early '60s, he moved to New York, where he performed with a quintet that included Ted Curson and Bill Barron (1962-1964), plus with Charles Mingus, Mose Allison, Freddie Hubbard, and Walter Bishop, Jr., among others. Relocating to Los Angeles in the late '60s, Berk worked and recorded...
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