Reviews that mention Adam Nussbaum

November 14, 2006

We Three

Three For All
Challenge Records CHR 70130

Baby boomers on either side of 60, these three jazzmen triply confirm that veterans continue to make personal, well-crafted music without falling into the twin traps of self-parodying nostalgia or unwarranted experimentation.

Veteran of their own bands and associations with heavyweights such as Miles Davis, John Scofield and Carla Bley, saxophonist/flautist Dave Liebman, electric bassist Steve Swallow and drummer Adam Nussbaum apprenticed in the 1960s and 1970s and survived most of the twists and trends of the decades since. Mostly avoiding fads like fusion, they’ve stayed true to their own vision(s). MORE

August 20, 2001

TESSAROLLO/FASSI/DALLA PORTA/NUSSBAUM

Bemsha
Splasc(H) CDH 731.2

Although Bemsha's name suggests that the Italian combo is going to be a Thelonious Monk revival group like Sphere or Evidence, the touchstones of this more than straightahead session actually seems to be Bill Evans and Jim Hall.

Led by Torino-based guitarist Luigi Tessarollo and powered by American drummer Adam Nussbaum, the band turns out nine originals and one Monk tune in a highly-professional manner, but one that won't enervate anyone the way Monk's music did initially.

Since musician and teacher Tessarollo, who has backed performers as varied as cerebral altoist Lee Konitz and disco diva Gloria Gaynor had already recorded a duo tribute to Evans and Hall, it appears he didn't want to repeat himself. But the overall conception is so un-Monk-like that he should have reconsidered. Especially since the first track is bassist Paolino Dalla Porta's "One for Bill" and it's a cinch he isn't name checking former U.S. president Clinton. MORE