Primary Instrument: Saxophone
MICHAEL ADKINS is an emerging jazz saxophonist and composer. His latest recording entitled Rotator, released on HATHUT records, is an inspired blend of new and original jazz sounds featuring drum great Paul Motian. Michael’s latest CD release features Paul Motian on drums, Russ Lossing on piano, and John Hebert on bass. The saxophonist will be releasing a follow-up Quartet album on the HatHut label and performed as a member of Paul Motian's 2000+3 group at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Rotator has been selected first for 2008 Jazz&Improv Album of the year with WIRE Magazine. Rotator on hatOLOGY660 is a collection of 8 original compositions from Adkins that lay bold melodies over driving and precise underpinnings. Duncan Heining of JAZZ WISE magazine calls it, A remarkeably mature and confident set featuring eight self-penned tunes, all of which confirm the saxophonist as a jazz composer to watch. Brian Morton of The WIRE magazine says it's, the best hour of contemporary jazz I've heard this year. From the insistent sound of the opening track, to the echoing chime of the final cut, this new release on Hat Hut records traverses a musical landscape in which washes of sound surge under melodies, punctuated by moments of raw energy. Since neither bassist or drummer function in a conventionally rhythmic sense and with the support of pianist Russ Lossing providing immense chordal harmonies, the band members were given tremendous room in which to improvise and to interact.
- Budd Kopman
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