Fly By Night
The Album 'Fly By Night' is another beautiful acoustic-jazz release from bassist John Adams. It captures John's Quartet playing live at Houston's 'Ovations' club, and demonstrates his abilities not only as a bassist, but also as a band-leader and writer. An astonishing musical rapport has developed since this group began performing together in 1990. Their complex musical texture always conveys a strong sense of melody and rhythm which captivates the sophisticated jazz listener as well as the novice. They perform an array of jazz originals and standards, many from Adams' and LoCascio's acclaimed CD's. Their abilities of communication have made them one of the most powerful acoustic-jazz groups to emerge in this region. This set of eight tunes (69 min.) consists of three new Adams originals, one by pianist Joe LoCascio, and Adams' intriguing arrangements of four standards. The quartet shows it colors as one of the most musical and creative jazz units in the region, delivering it all with swing and conviction. ___ Biography John Adams/Bass - As an accomplished acoustic and electric bassist, John Adams is one of the Southwest's most versatile and in-demand musicians. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, where for ten years he was also the jazz bass instructor. He is also active as producer, arranger, composer, music contractor, and workshop clinician. Through his "Sessionbasstracks.com" website, John provides bass parts for recording clients ranging across the US, as well as internationally. He has backed and/or recorded for a wide array of artists including Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Woody Herman, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, Joe McBride, Bobby Lyle, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman, Phil Driscoll, Wayne Watson, and others. His broad musical background has also included symphonic and pit/show work. Through his Congruent Music label, Adams has released eight highly acclaimed and widely varied CD projects, including the stunning "John and Mark's Excellent Rock Adventure," (2012), and "Trios Two" (2013), sequel to the "Trios" CD ('06), which feature five different trio instrumentation combinations, each with a compelling rapport. Adams' jazz CDs have received radio airplay on over 160 stations nationwide, and have been prominently featured on various online radio formats. His debut 'Jump Shot' CD ('96) features New York and regional artists, and showcases John's formidable writing skills. 'Fly By Night' ('99) features an exceptional acoustic-jazz quartet in an intimate club setting, and the tasteful and sultry, 'With You In Mind' CD ('01) showcases studio/jazz musicians from Dallas, Austin, and L.A. The "Live!' CD ('04) captures the intensity and variety of the group in concert performances. The "Thumbs Up," CD ('09) is a state-of-the-art studio production with a fresh, contemporary sound, exciting originals and stunning arrangements of some surprising classics. ___ Band Biographies Dennis Dotson/Trumpet - Dennis Dotson's exceptional technical and improvisational abilities and rich tone have made him one of the premiere trumpet players in the region. Since 1965, he has had a long and varied career as a jazz musician, freelance commercial musician, and educator. After performing in the house show bands in Las Vegas for 5 years, he was trumpet soloist in the Woody Herman Orchestra for 3 years, and later lived in New York. He has performed with Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, Buddy Rich, Carl Fontana, and Chuck Israels, among others. Dotson has been clinician/guest soloist at dozens of colleges and universities, and is currently an instructor at the University of Houston, and at Houston Community College. Joe LoCascio/Piano - Originally from New York, Joe LoCascio has resided in Houston since 1977 after attending the University of Bridgeport. He has recorded and/or performed with jazz luminaries such as Chet Baker, Freddie Hubbard, Ernie Watts, George Mraz, George Coleman, Arnett Cobb and Marvin Stamm among others. Joe is a lead instructor on the jazz faculty at Houston Community College. A prolific composer, LoCascio has eight albums as a leader to his credit, each one undergirded by compelling and creative original tunes. His two trio CD's, 'Silent Motion' and 'A Charmed Life,' featuring both Soph and Adams, have received national airplay and high praise from critics and reviews. His other recent releases include 'Home' a beautiful collection of Joe's solo-piano performances of ten jazz standards, and the trio recording 'Close to So Far.' Ed Soph/Drums - His drumming provides a rare and dynamic combination of technical virtuosity, rhythmic ingenuity, and musical sensitivity. A native of Houston, Ed Soph studied classical percussion as well as jamming with local jazz greats Arnett Cobb, Jimmy Ford and Don Wilkerson. As an alumnus of North Texas State's One O'Clock Lab Band, Ed moved on to New York. From there he toured and recorded internationally with jazz legends such as Woody Herman, Stan Kenton, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Bill Evans, Joe Henderson, Dave Liebman, Slide Hampton, Lee Konitz, Phil Woods, and many others. Since returning to Texas in 1987, Ed Soph serves as head of the jazz percussion department at the University of North Texas, and maintains a busy schedule as a performer, recording artist and clinician nationwide. Warren Sneed/Sax - Since 2000, as the director of jazz studies at the famed Houston School for the Visual and Performing Arts, Warren Sneed is one of the most active musicians in the Houston area. He is an alumnus of the University of North Texas, and it's famed One O'Clock Lab Band. Warren's energetic and creative playing has accorded him performances with artists such as Freddie Hubbard, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Wheeler, Kent Jordan, and Hal Crook. Besides leading his own groups, including a long-term weekly engagement at the prestigous Brennan's Restaurant, and performing as a sideman, Sneed also teaches jazz history and improvisation at Houston Community College. He has released his first solo-CD, entitled 'Brothers,' featuring artists such as Jimmy Haslip of 'The Yellow Jackets' and others.
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