Adam Kolker – Flag Day
(Sunnyside Records 1184)
The tone of saxophonist Adam Kolker, who’s worked with Ray Barretto, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Maria Schneider, Freddie Hubbard, Judi Silvano, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Bobby Previte and others, makes another appearance as a leader, this time with guitarist John Abercrombie, percussionist Paul Motian and John Hebert (previously heard with Andrew Hill) on bass. On what may be the first released session with legends Abercrombie and Motian together, Kolker mixes his originals with Neil Young’s Don’t Bring You Down, Thelonious Monk’s Played Twice and Last Night When We Were Young by Harold Alden. Overdubbed clarinet and flute create a cozy chamber music intro to Ties and Only One has a Monkish vibe. The presence of Motian lends the date a casual, freely flowing feel, the duet with Kolker at the beginning of the Alden tune is a real treat.
Originally published in the Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter.