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
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Adkins literally speaks through his horn with a soft-edged but full tone that supports his logically connecting, yet elliptical phrases. Able to say more with a simple two-note descending interval than many do in an entire solo, Adkins can present such simple material refracted and “rotated” many different ways until they have expanded to fill the musical space. His feel for rhythm, while never actually stating a distinct pulse, is delicious and reinforces the adage that one can say much more by saying less.
- Budd Kopman