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Dan Adler | All Things Familiar Featuring Grant Stewart

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All Things Familiar Featuring Grant Stewart

by Dan Adler

Mainstream jazz guitar and tenor sax quintet. Four standards and seven originals with some Israeli influences.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If I Were a Jazz Man
8:09 $0.99
2. Star Eyes
7:18 $0.99
3. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
5:28 $0.99
4. Talia's Waltz
5:55 $0.99
5. All Things Familiar
7:36 $0.99
6. Sivan's Samba
6:43 $0.99
7. Emily
8:04 $0.99
8. Blues for Keren
9:03 $0.99
9. I Love You
8:06 $0.99
10. Bird's Idea
6:58 $0.99
11. Bluemin
7:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
“All Things Familiar” is guitarist Dan Adler’s first CD as a leader. Born and raised in Israel, Dan Adler studied music and composition privately while learning the craft of Jazz by playing with some of Israel’s best known musicians while he was still a teenager.

After moving to the US in 1986, Dan Adler has made New York City his home base. He has studied and played with guitarists Peter Sprague, Jack Wilkins, Vic Juris, Rick Stone, Joshua Breakstone, Satoshi Inoue, Peter Bernstein, Richard Boukas, Rodney Jones, Paul Bollenback, Joe Giglio as well as saxophone legends Bob Berg and Steve Grossman.

For this recording, Dan Adler has assembled a group of top-notch New York musicians. Grant Stewart, widely recognized to be one of the freshest tenor saxophone voices in the mainstream jazz world. Richard Samuels on piano, Dmitri Kolesnik on Bass and Phil Stewart on drums form a cohesive and imaginative rhythm section. All great soloists and recording artists in their own right, their interaction on this recording is magical.

Following are some quotes by jazz grand masters who have heard a preview of the CD:

'Dan Adler may not be as well known as some, but his extraordinary playing on this new CD is sure to change that. Besides Dan’s glittering tone and precision, there are some wonderful solos and great rapport and interplay with the other members of this top-notch group: Grant Stewart, Richard Samuels, Dmitri Kolesnik and Phil Stewart.

The four standards are all well known, and Dan’s arrangements treat them with high regard. The six originals are very inventive, and the title track is a clever take on “All The Things You Are”. Dan Adler shows off his considerable technique with much taste and professionalism. I highly recommend this CD. Well done, Dan and company!'

- Jack Wilkins

'I love Dan Adler’s new CD. He has such a nice sound combined with a precise time feel and killer lines. It’s all there, all the right stuff. I like the little twists in the arrangements, like the odd chords floating around on “Star Eyes” and the time modulations on “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”. Super Cool! I also love the catchy originals, especially the title track. And Grant Stewart’s playing is so beautiful – a real classic improviser. There is a lot of great music and great playing on this CD by all involved. My hat’s off to Dan and the group.'

- Peter Sprague

'I enjoyed Dan Adler’s new CD. Great playing by Dan and the group. I really love listening to Grant Stewart’s playing. He has that full bodied authentic “Newk” approach to his playing. He knows it’s all in the sound and Time.'

- Jerry Bergonzi

Previous Reviews:

'Dan Adler has found a role in protecting the legacy of the jazz guitar… He has a clean sound, Metheney-esque, with the long lines and quick turns of his acknowledged influences, Pat Martino and Joe Pass.'

-Steve Armour



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Paul Mitchell Brown

All Things - Bright & Beautiful
I've been a big fan of Dan Adler's playing for some years now. When he invited me to attend the recording session for 'All Things Familiar' during a recent visit to NY, I naturally jumped at the chance.

Aside from Pacific-era Joe Pass, and the two Pats (Martino and Metheny), Adler counts among his influences tenor saxophone greats Sonny Rollins, Jerry Bergonzi and Steve Grossman. One aspect he shares with all these players is the ability to spin out long solos combining narrative impact, rhythmic vitality and deep beauty. Whether he's firing on all cylinders, ('You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To') or laying back on a ballad ('Emily'), Dan Adler's musical statements are always memorable.

It's not surprising given Dan's love for the tenor sax that he decided to share frontline duties on this album with one of the instrument's finest exponents, Grant Stewart. Add to the mix Dan's longtime musical partner, Richard Samuels on piano, a highly sympathetic rhythm section and a great array of originals and standards and the result is an inspired and cohesive recording.