Title - Excursions
Artist - Adam Glaser
For those unaware, Adam Glaserís new album, Excursions (out now), is a collection of 15 original instrumentals spanning a variety of contemporary jazz styles.
While his debut album, Wide Awake, featured Glaser leading an acoustic trio from the piano, for this second release he takes a step inward, exploring the limits and liberties of solo production.
All 15 tracks are composed, performed, programmed and recorded entirely by Glaser using virtual instruments.
The result is an eclectic mix of colorful songs that bounce from R&B and funk to jazz-pop and synth-driven electronica, all nestled in the fusion idiom.
1. Naomiís Binomial Nomenclature
2. The Art of Science
3. Con Artist
4. Who Wants Lentil Soup?
5. A Little Bit of Your Love
6. Lay Low
7. Iím Ready
8. Blues for Planet 9
9. It Snowed Last Night
10. Pursuit No. 1
12. The Catamaran Is Coming Around
13. A Man of Few Words
14. Double Helix
This beautifully crafted and heartfelt new album opens on the richness of Naomiís Binomial Nomenclature and the skillfully enterprising The Art of Science and follows those up with the playful funk of Con Artist, the tempered percussional rhythms of Who Wants Lentil Soup?, the bountiful A Little Bit of Your Love and then come both the languid Lay Low and the emotive Iím Ready.
Next up are the digitalized harmonies of the atmospheric Blues for Planet 9 and the ornate gossamer of It Snowed Last Night and they are in turn backed by the organ-led Pursuit No. 1, the tantalizingly ariose Moonshine, the jaunty shuffle of The Catamaran Is Coming Around, the album rounding out on the sterner fare of A Man of Few Words, the digitally rhythmical Double Helix, coming to a close on the gently pulsating heartbeat of Delivery.
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.
Selected honors include the American-Austrian Foundationís Karajan Fellowship for Young Conductors, which sponsored his residence at the Salzburg Festival and the Vienna Philharmonicís Attergau Orchestra Institute.
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