Adam Kolker – Lost (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 41:36 minutes | 794 MB | Genre: Jazz
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There is a transcendental place that musicians can reach during performance. A space where they get lost in the music, letting the years honed skills and natural inclination take control. Many of the exhilarating moments in improvised music come from the sudden shift, the accentuation of razor sharp focus, to get back on course.
The title of saxophonist/composer Adam Kolker’s new recording, Lost, comes from a composition by the legendary Wayne Shorter, an obvious master of thoughtful intention and extemporaneous expression. Kolker has sought to find a similar esthetic in his own work and has achieved that on his new recording that finds him in the company of an ensemble of friends, making fantastic, explorative music without ego.
The Philadelphia raised, Brooklyn based Kolker has found himself amongst many of the greats over his three-decade career. At home in any context, he can be heard playing a multitude of reeds with musicians as diverse as Ray Barretto, Fred Hersch, Maria Schneider and John Abercrombie. Kolker’s understated approach belies his brilliance as an improviser, leader and technician.
Kolker’s initial concept for this recording was for it to be a collection of Shorter’s pieces. But as time went by, Kolker realized that everything that he writes or plays utilizes Shorter’s influence as inspiration; Shorter was one of the main innovators of the modal harmonic revolution, which brought on moods and tensions being generated by the use of certain modes. This realization freed the recording of conceptual restrictions and allowed for a broader array of expression from the exceptional ensemble that Kolker put together.
1. Adam Kolker – The Time of the Barracudas (General Assembly)
2. Adam Kolker – Flips
3. Adam Kolker – Darn That Dream
4. Adam Kolker – Lost
5. Adam Kolker – While My Lady Sleeps
6. Adam Kolker – Hidden Treasure
7. Adam Kolker – Dance Cadaverous