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Jason Adasiewicz - Spacer (Delmark, 2011)

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Re-united with his Sun Rooms group featuring Nate McBride on bass and Mike Reed on drums, Jason Adasiewicz furthers his claim on being the pre-eminent vibraphonist on the progressive jazz scene. A mainstay in Chicago jazz groups as both a leader and valued member of collective ensembles, he is continuing the forward thinking jazz tradition on the vibraphone created by the likes of Walt Dickerson and Khan Jamal. This trio has developed a near telepathic empathy, like the best piano trios, with the ringing vibes shimmering playing with and against deeply wrought bass and nimble drumming developing a deeply rhythmic pattern. Bookended by two short solo vibraphone excursions, the music is consistently excellent, whether played at speed like the fast paced “Bees" and “Run Fly" where the group collaborates to produce a unique sound world. “Pillow" and “Bobbie" slow things down to a ballad tempo, allowing the group space to work and develop improvisations from the evocative themes. This was a really well done album by a trio that deserves great respect and opportunity to play their music often. Vibraphone trios are comparatively rare in jazz, but this album makes a compelling case for the format. The music is engaging and challenging and the performers are some of the best the fertile Chicago scene has to offer.

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