Kari-On Productions is proud to introduce
Andy Adamson Quartet
Andy Adamson is a self-taught Ann Arbor native composer and musician. Starting his original band journey in sixth grade, Andy has composed music for his all original bands and played keyboards for over 50 years. Influenced by the likes of: John Coltrane, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Chick Corea, Andy has composed a vast catalogue of original modern jazz compositions. Over the years Andy has played many styles of music: jazz standards in solo and trio setting, cuban folk music with Melodioso, rockabily swing with Dick Siegel’s Ministers of Melody, funk with Norma Jean Bell and the All Stars, disco and rock with multiple Detroit based club bands, and rhythm and blues with the Ann Arbor band F.U.B.A.R. Andy’s latest quartet released A Cry For Peace, which features a collection of his traditional and fusion jazz compositions.
Jonathan Taylor is a composer and percussionist born and raised in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Trained in piano and classical percussion growing up, he shifted focus to improvised music and composition shortly after enrolling at the University of Michigan. Recently graduated from the Department of Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation, Jonathan has been blessed with the opportunity to study with: Geri Allen, Andrew Bishop, Ellen Rowe, Michael Gould and Sean Dobbins, and has performed with acclaimed artists such as: Michael Formanek, Wadada Leo Smith, Vinnie Golia, Stephen Rush, and Andrew Bishop. This past summer, as a participant at the Banff International Jazz and Creative Music workshop, he was able to work and study with the likes of: Vijay Iyer, Tyshawn Sorey, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Graham Haynes, among others. Fascinated by cultural and cross disciplinary approach to improvisation, Jonathan is engaged in studies as diverse as: contemporary dance, Indian classical music, and electronic composition. He performs locally as a member of the Arbor Composers Collective, the Great Collapsing Hrung, Stone Lillies, and many more.
Dan Bennettis a Saxophonist, multi reed player, and composer from Ann Arbor Mi. He performs and records regularly locally and worldwide in his own groups and as a side man.
Brennan Andeshas been a part of the Ann Arbor music community for 18 years. He has pursued music locally, nationally and internationally. Founding member of the Macpodz, he also has performed with: Smokestack, Dick Siegel, George Bedard, Rootstand, Chris Good, Frontier Ruckus, Luke Winslow-King, Seth and May, Chris Bathgate, The Ragbirds, Vincent York, etc. He has a five year old daughter and plans to continue his life as an active father and full time musician. You can find more about him at TheMacpodz.com.
Adamson’s quartet features his original compositions; everything they perform is drawn from Adamson’s vast catalogue of original work that teems with exiting polyrhythms and richly contrasted harmonies.
Listeners will find driving freewheeling precision in his creative pen. Adamson’s current band, featured on his latest album, A Cry For Peace, includes Brennan Andes (acoustic and electric bass), known for his innovative bass work with the Macpodz, the Ragbirds, and Vincent York. Drummer Jonathan Taylor, who has studied with pianist Geri Allen and performed with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, is guided by what he calls a “cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary approach to improvisation”. In addition to Adamson’s fleet keyboard work, A Cry For Peace provides a setting for the hard hitting, melodically inventive tenor saxophone playing of Dan Bennett, whose powerful tone and astonishing command of his instrument mesmerizes throughout. This is a tight quartet that has developed an intimate rapport. Adamson’s compositions glow with a joy earned though decades of self-motivation and hard work. He’s clearly in his element, collaborating with creative young musicians in music that is constantly being reinvented.
Fats Waller once told an interviewer: “We rehearse on the job, at the public’s expense”. Hearing that quote, Andy nods vigorously, remarking Waller hit the nail on the head. This same luminous spirit and spontaneity is what you will find contained within each composition on A Cry For Peace.
- Ariel 5:00
- Conquistador 5:08
- A cry for peace 6:15
- Follow your heart 6:03
- The secret of life 5:43
- Angel fire 5:47
- Early one morning 7:08
- Inner circle 4:12
All compositions written and arranged by Andy Adamson.
Player and instrument:
Andy Adamson -keyboards
Dan Bennett - saxophones
Brennan Andes - basses
Jonathan Taylor - drum