Adam Smale

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 6, 1967    

Adam Smale

“Standing strong in the field of “Jazz”… Adam Smale is one of the serious devotees… an exciting new voice on the scene …take notice!” – Pat Martino

For guitarist/composer Adam Smale, the pursuit of musical expression began at the tender age of seven years old. Today, four decades later, that journey has reached a new peak with the release of his new quartet CD, Out of the Blue, which clearly demonstrates the extraordinary results spawned from the various twists and turns of all of those years of development.

Born in 1967 in a small working class community in Northern Ontario, Adam’s musical roots were first set in Country and Bluegrass. Too small at seven to handle the 5-string banjo that was his desire, he took up the guitar, immediately forming a lifelong bond and personal commitment to the instrument. By the time he was 12, he was performing professionally with local groups and by the time he was 14, he was an experienced professional, performing in clubs, bars, community events, weddings and private parties....
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”Your album is excellent; your playing style on your guitars is unique. I will be playing it more and other jazz DJs will play it for sure.” Jerry Bloom WFCF 88.5 FM

“Adam Smale is a consummate guitar stylist that is bridging the gap between respecting the past and observing jazz and improvisational music’s present and future.” Eric Harabadian

“Out of the Blue is an album with a kick.” Jack Goodstein

“Each composition and delivery on this CD offers something not only entertaining, interesting and musically creative, but also art inspired.” Dee Dee McNeil

“A solid guitar date sure to have sitting down jazz fans bouncing in their seats. Hot.” CHRIS SPECTOR

“The USA still loves this rocking jazz sound and Adam Smale brings that influence to his unique sound in a big way.” John Shelton Ivany

“Out of the Blue...Shifts seamlessly between bop and modern expressions, getting in some swing, before shifting into electric guitar overdrive and bringing some post-bop fire. An album with a real likable personality, with easy crossover appeal to the various jazz sub-genres. Ballad like “She Knows Me,” is all stars and moonlight on a clear evening, whereas “Night Drive” is a head full of steam. Album builds nicely upon the foundation laid by each previous track, resulting in an album that becomes more enjoyable as it goes along. Good stuff.” Dave Sumner

“The Canadian jazz guitarist Adam Smale has a wide musical background and a long tradition as a musician. These various impressions are the perfect foundation to deliver good work in the studio, as his new album “Out Of The Blue” proves.” Mos Eisley

“He plays a seven-string guitar with a lovely fluency...” Kerry Doole

“(T)he guy's amazingly nimble-fingered with an unusually light touch that nonetheless commands attention.the guitarist is daunting in his virtuosic acumen.” Mark S. Tucker

“If you want some inspiring fret work, check this one out.” George W. Harris

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- Custom 7-string semi-hollow electric, designed by A. Smale, built by Brian Mascarin. - 7-string classical guitar, designed and built by Adam Smale. - Modified 80s Roland CUBE bass amp (60w), and a Fender Prosonic 2 x 10 combo amp. - 1 8.5 foot guitar cable, assembled by A. Smale.

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