Sunday, October 25, 2015

CD Review: NRBQ's Terry Adams Goes Solo To "Talk Thelonious"

American pianist/keyboardist Terry Adams is one of the founding members of the classic rock band NRBQ. His work on the piano is unforgettable as their songs crossed many musical boundaries, while always containing that element of rock 'n' roll. Adams latest solo adventure takes him to his love of jazz music. His new release, "Talk Thelonious" features a live recording of Adams with some members of NRBQ and friends (NRBQ+).

Terry Adams met Thelonious Monk in 1971 at the famous Village Vanguard and requested Monk to play one of Adams' favorite tunes, "Gallop's Gallop." Since that moment, Adams has been inspired by the jazz great as he performs twelve of some of Monk's lesser known numbers at the Flynn Space in Burlington, VT in 2012. His mostly piano/organ introduction of "Reflections" shows you the care Adams put into rearranging Monk's work, while still paying respects to the song's author. The slow blues of "Monk's Mood" is full of emotion, before having some fun with the timeless number of "This Old Man." The energy in the room picks up with the great jazz rhythm of "Think Of One," before Adams showcases his skills on "Gallop's Gallop." The show closes with "Straight, No Chaser" which turns into more of an NRBQ song as Adams and his band almost wipe away the jazz aspect of it. The album closes with a studio recording of "Ruby, My Dear" which sounds exceptional with the addition of strings and horns. To find out more about Terry Adams and his new, soon to be release album "Talk Thelonious, please visit terryadams.net.

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