GEORGE ADAMS

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(29 April 1940 Covington, Georgia - 14 November 1992 New York City, New York) was an American jazz musician who played tenor saxophone, flute and bass clarinet. He was also known for his idiosyncratic singing.

He is best known for his work with Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Roy Haynes and in the quartet he co-led with pianist Don Pullen, featuring bassist Cameron Brown and drummer Dannie Richmond.

George Adams's musical style was rooted in the blues and in American (especially Black) popular music. As a saxophonist his greatest influences seem to have been Rahsaan Roland Kirk, with whom he played in Mingus's band on occasion, as well as the adventurous edginess of John Coltrane and Albert Ayler. He played with tremendous intensity and passion, as well as lyricism and subtlety. At times he bent over backwards when playing, almost ending up on his back yet somehow staying on his feet,
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GEORGE ADAMS Jazz A Confronto 22 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz A Confronto 22
Post Bop 1975
GEORGE ADAMS Suite For Swingers album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suite For Swingers
Avant-Garde Jazz 1976
GEORGE ADAMS Sound Suggestions album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Sound Suggestions
Post Bop 1979
GEORGE ADAMS Paradise Space Shuttle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paradise Space Shuttle
Post Bop 1979
GEORGE ADAMS Hand To Hand (with Dannie Richmond) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Hand To Hand (with Dannie Richmond)
Post Bop 1980
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams / Don Pullen Quartet : Earth Beams album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams / Don Pullen Quartet : Earth Beams
Post Bop 1980
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams & Don Pullen Quartet: Don't Lose Control album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams & Don Pullen Quartet: Don't Lose Control
Post Bop 1980
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams Don Pullen Quartet : Life Line album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams Don Pullen Quartet : Life Line
Post Bop 1981
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams & Don Pullen : Melodic Excursions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams & Don Pullen : Melodic Excursions
Avant-Garde Jazz 1982
GEORGE ADAMS Gentleman's Agreement album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gentleman's Agreement
Post Bop 1983
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams Don Pullen Quartet : Metamorphosis (aka City Gates) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams Don Pullen Quartet : Metamorphosis (aka City Gates)
Post Bop 1983
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams|Don Pullen Quartet : Decisions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams|Don Pullen Quartet : Decisions
Post Bop 1984
GEORGE ADAMS Nightingale album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nightingale
Post Bop 1989
GEORGE ADAMS America album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
America
Post Bop 1990
GEORGE ADAMS Ballads album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Ballads
Post Bop 1991
GEORGE ADAMS Old Feeling album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Old Feeling
Post Bop 1991

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GEORGE ADAMS Frankfurt Workshop '78: Tenor Saxes  (with Archie Shepp & Heinz Sauer) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frankfurt Workshop '78: Tenor Saxes (with Archie Shepp & Heinz Sauer)
Post Bop 1978
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams / Don Pullen : All That Funk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams / Don Pullen : All That Funk
Post Bop 1980
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams / Don Pullen : More Funk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams / Don Pullen : More Funk
Post Bop 1981
GEORGE ADAMS More Sightings (with Hannibal) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
More Sightings (with Hannibal)
Avant-Garde Jazz 1984
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams - Don Pullen Quartet : Live At Village Vanguard (aka The Jazz Masters - 100 Anos De Swing) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams - Don Pullen Quartet : Live At Village Vanguard (aka The Jazz Masters - 100 Anos De Swing)
Post Bop 1985
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams - Don Pullen Quartet ‎: Live At The Village Vanguard - Vol. 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams - Don Pullen Quartet ‎: Live At The Village Vanguard - Vol. 2
Post Bop 1986
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams|Don Pullen Quartet : Live At Montmartre album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams|Don Pullen Quartet : Live At Montmartre
Post Bop 1986
GEORGE ADAMS Jazzbühne Berlin '85 Vol. 12 (with James 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazzbühne Berlin '85 Vol. 12 (with James "Blood" Ulmer Quartet)
Funk Jazz 1990
GEORGE ADAMS George Adams - Don Pullen Quartet : Jazzbuhne Berlin '88 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
George Adams - Don Pullen Quartet : Jazzbuhne Berlin '88
Post Bop 1991
GEORGE ADAMS Live In Tokyo 1984 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Tokyo 1984
Post Bop 2012

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GEORGE ADAMS The Complete Rematered Recordings On Black Saint And Soul Note album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Rematered Recordings On Black Saint And Soul Note
Avant-Garde Jazz 2012
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Finest
Avant-Garde Jazz 2015

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GEORGE ADAMS Sound Suggestions

Album · 1979 · Post Bop
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American tenor George Adams is best known from his long-lasting collaboration with pianist Don Pullen (they co-founded and ran successful band for years). Still he has released some albums under own name, many of them are of same great quality.

Jumped on forefront of jazz scene in early 70s playing in Charles Mingus band, Adams debuted as leader with two obscure avant-garde jazz albums on tiny and short-lived Italian Horo label. "Sound Suggestions", his third album as leader, comes as surprise - it's released on respectable German ECM label, and the band is all-stars. Sextet, containing bassist Dave Holland and drummer John DeJohnette among others,plays five members' originals - tightly composed memorable songs stylistically fluctuating between post-bop and European avant-garde jazz.

"Baba', album's opener,its longest track and is written by Anglo-Canadian trumpeter Kenny Wheeler and from very first seconds sounds like the melody you know for years. "Imani's Dance", Adams composition, continues "Baba" in natural way almost imperceptibly transfers to more muscular and groovy but still very soulful song. Adams, in ECM fashion, on this album plays less explosively than on many his previously and later works. Still, as for label's standard, album's music is very groovy, warm and ... American sounding. Perfectly recorded and mixed, "Sound Suggestions" are quite different from sterile groove-less and often emotionless ECM sound which has been already formed at the time of album's release.

Side B contains three shorter compositions. German musician Heinz Sauer (band's second tenor) composition "Stay Informed" is freer and more knotty than first two (completing side A), Adams even gets a chance for some harsher solos. Adams' "Got Somethin' Good For You" is up-tempo blues-based song with his own vocals on it.

"A Spire", Kenny Wheeler album's closer is the only ballad here and it radiates light melancholy. A great tasteful collection of beautiful music of miscellaneous origin, accessible but enough progressive for being attractive for listeners who avoid too conservative mainstream jazz. Not really typical ECM-style release (ok, they were more adventurous back in 70s), "Sound Suggestions" stays Adams only album on this label. Reissued on CD in 1994 it is quite accessible to find and can be really recommended as excellent evidence of creative jazz era. This music sounds modern even today.

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