by Anne Carlini
| Title – ‘Wide Awake’
Artist – Adam Glaser Trio
For those not in the know, Conductor Adam Glaser is currently Music Director of the professional-caliber Juilliard Pre-College Orchestras and Director of Orchestras at Hofstra University where he serves as an Associate Professor of Music.
Notable engagements include a post as Principal Conductor of the NYU Orchestras, a nine-concert residency with the Symphonia Boca Raton, appearances with the symphonies of Wheeling, Illinois and Victoria (BC), and collaborations with such distinguished artists as Itzhak Perlman, Joyce Yang, Conrad Tao, Vijay Gupta, Timo Andres and Areta Zhulla.
Passionate about opera, ballet and theatre music, Glaser recently made his New York City Opera debut conducting the critically-acclaimed world premiere of Ted Rosenthal’s Dear Erich.
As Resident Principal Conductor at the Usdan Center for the Arts, he led several multidisciplinary theater works, including a collaboration with American Ballet Theater principal dancer Ashley Tuttle, Metropolitan Opera soprano Monica Yunus, and the Usdan Center’s ballet company, chorus and orchestra in selections from Orff’s Carmina Burana.
An established composer, Glaser’s works have been performed by over 30 orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the orchestras of Philadelphia, St. Louis, Atlanta, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Utah, Vancouver and Toronto.
And now Glasser takes a bold and exciting step to serve up great classical music by Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann to a perhaps new audience, jazz lovers, here on the magnificent Wide Awake.
As noted, Glaser enjoys a busy career as an orchestra conductor and music director of ensembles, but as these nine works quickly inform us, he is equally at home with pop, jazz, and cotemporary music.
1. ‘If You Don’t Mind’
The trio – Adam Glaser, piano; Pete Coco, bass; and Chris Smith, drums – open with the upbeat and free flowing, Sunday morning elegance of ‘If You Don’t Mind’ and back that up with the laid back, more relaxed ‘November,’ their tranquil cover of ‘I Got a Name’ (by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox) and then comes the, at times sterner, at others magical and transparent in its ebbs and flows, ‘Day Trip to Cologne’ ((inspired by Schumann’s Symphony No. 3, Rhenish).
The delicate duo of both ‘True to You’ and ‘Before the Dawn’ are then followed by the upbeat, statically salsa-imbued rhythms of ‘Sacrificial Rhumba’ (inspired by Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring), with the album rounding out on the soothingly beautiful ‘Lullaby for a Little Boy,’ closing on the eight minute, mid-tempo shuffle of the other cover tune, ‘My Romance’ (by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart).