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Adam Rogers - ALLEGORY

Adam Rogers -][- ALLEGORY – [Criss Cross, 2009]

The past few years have seen a handful of young, talented, up-and-coming guitarists emerge onto the scene. From Kurt Rosenwinkel’s altered tunings and pianistic approach to David Gilmore’s M-BASE style to Ben Monder’s…well…yeah, each has their own style. Among these artists, Adam Rogers should also take his place as an artist on the rise. Displaying a classical technique, a hard swinging linear-approach, and the ability to play with artists ranging from Michael Brecker and the Mingus Big Band to Norah Jones, Rogers is now beginning to show off his talents as a leader. Allegory is Rogers’ sophmore release and features the same line up as his debut Art of the Invisible (Ed Simon, Scott Colley, and Clarence Penn) along with the addition of the firey tenor Chris Potter.

The album boasts 10 compositions from the pen of Rogers and range stylistically from the “necessary” blues (Purpose), to neo-classical tone poems (Was), and more rockish tunes (Ghengis). The playing throughout the album is jaw dropping (i.e. Potters solo on Confluence…MERCY!), however Rogers’ compositions somtimes seem overly complex and occaisionally not memorable. That being said for the 2nd album by a young guitarist on the rise, its great! Adam, if you ever want to give a 16-year old guitarist a lesson, hit me up man! —Snocitus | Reviewer/Amazon

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