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Album Review

Adam Kolker, a talented tenor saxophonist who played with Ray Barretto during 1994-2002, has a tone and style that is reminiscent of Joe Henderson. In recent times, in addition to working with the Vanguard Orchestra, the Maria Schneider Big Band, Judi Silvano, and a variety of New York-based groups, he has co-led a quartet with guitarist John Abercrombie. On Flag Day, Kolker has Abercrombie in his quartet along with bassist John Hebert and drummer Paul Motian. The piano-less group has a very sparse sound and the interpretations of Kolker's originals, "Last Night When We Were Young" and Thelonious Monk's "Played Twice" are mostly taken at relaxed and even introspective tempos, with Motian providing most of the fire. Kolker, who also plays his atmospheric bass clarinet and soprano sax on a few numbers, is a subtle player who deserves a close listen. His interplay with his quiet sidemen works quite well.

Customer Reviews

Celebrate Flag Day-Great Sax from Adam Kolker

Multi-reed master Adam Kolker comes into his own with his new disc Flag Day. Surrounded by Jazz luminaries John Abercrombie and Paul Motian Adam fleshes out tight works that move from the vertical octaves of "Gnash" to the long thick melodic phrases of "Don't Let it Bring You Down" with equal ease. Although I have never been a fan of Jazz clarinet...I found the sinuouos interplay of the clarinet and bass clarinet on "Ties" appealing, lacking the usual harshness associated with jazz clarinet. "Only One" is a nice contrast of Abercrombie's comping with Kolker riding on top with a sharply configured solo. I would give this one a serious listen. A long step from CHS! Keep up the good work.

Biography

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Tenor and soprano saxophonist, clarinetist, and flutist Adam Kolker has been involved in contemporary jazz since the mid-'90s, and has proven himself a capable sideman and emerging leader. Born in Manhattan and raised in Philadelphia, Kolker earned his B.A. degree at the University of Miami-Florida and an M.A. at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He was a member of musical ensembles supporting various Broadway shows both on tour and in New York City, where he eventually moved in 1989....
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Flag Day, Adam Kolker
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Mar 25, 2008

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