Dan Adler: All Things Familiar


All Things Familiar


Dan Adler (guitar)


All Things Familiar (Emdan Music)

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Dan Adler (guitar),

Grant Stewart (tenor sax), Richard Samuels (piano), Dmitri Kolesnik (bass), Philip Stewart (drums)


Composed by Dan Adler


Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, October 7, 2008


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Is it a cover? A tribute? I love the fact that my ears are, at first anyway, not quite sure. It reminded me of the first time I heard microtonal music. There was something amiss but what exactly?

What we have here is an interesting reworking of the standard "All The Things You Are." Guitarist Dan Adler pulls the original tune's form slightly out of shape while keeping it firmly rooted in a jazz context. Adler and saxophonist Grant Stewart introduce it with brilliantly intertwined lines that generate the proper spark as the full band kicks in. After the first chorus, Adler is off on an inspired solo that recalls Jim Hall and Pat Metheny. Adler's band is terrific in both the comping roles and solo passages. I particularly enjoyed Dmitri Kolesnik's swingin' bass runs that helped to anchor Richard Samuels's piano solo.

Tribute or cover? You won't care. You'll be having too much fun listening.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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