Saxophonist Michael Adkins
MICHAEL ADKINS is an emerging saxophonist and composer, currently living in New York City. His latest recording entitled Rotator, released on HATHUT records has been selected as THE WIRE magazine's Jazz&Improv Album of the year 2008. Michael’s new release features Paul Motian on drums, Russ Lossing on piano, and John Hebert on bass.
The result of this new release Rotator on HatHut records is a collection of 8 original compositions from Adkins that lay bold melodies over driving and precise underpinnings. Chris May says, "An important new voice has arrived." Duncan Heining of JAZZ WISE magazine calls it, " A remarkeably mature and confident set featuring eight self-penned tunes, all of which confirm the saxophonist as a jazz composer to watch." Brian Morton of The WIRE magazine says it's, "the best hour of contemporary jazz I've heard this year." From the insistent sonic thrust of the opening track, to the echoing chime of the final cut, this new release on Hat Hut records traverses a musical landscape in which washes of sound surge under melodies, punctuated by moments of raw energy. Paul Motian’s incredible artistry and deep openness make its legendary presence felt on the entire recording. Since neither bassist or drummer function in a conventionally rhythmic sense and with the support of pianist Russ Lossing providing immense chordal harmonies, the band members were given tremendous room in which to improvise and to interact.
Saxophonist Michael Adkins grew up in Sarnia, Ontario. A small town on the Michigan Ontario border in close proximity to Detroit. He moved to New York in 1999 from Boston. His formative years were spent sessioning with the top musicians and experimenting with forms of twelve tone composition, metric modulations incorporated into altered song and standard forms, and jazz harmonic structures. In 2005 he released his debut album entitled infotation and soon after began several long-standing musical relationships with some of New York’s most original creative musicians. This subsequently led to his current album release Rotator for HatHut records featuring the legendary Paul Motian on drums. Michael was also featured in performance with Paul Motian’s group at the Village Vanguard, with Larry Grenadier, Masabumi Kikuchi, and Bill McHenry. A LONG AWAITED THIRD SOLO QUARTET RECODRING IS SOON TO BE RELELASED.