Adamson’s quartet focuses on original compositions, everything they perform is drawn from Adamson’s vast catalogue of original compositions that teem with exciting polyrhythms and richly contrasted harmonies. Listeners will find a pleasant freewheeling precision in his creative pen. Thankfully, in modern times you don’t have to travel to New York only to hear jazz like this. Adamson’s current band, featured on his latest album, A Cry for Peace, includes bassist Brennan Andes, known for his work with the Macpodz, the Ragbirds, George Bedard, and Vincent York. Drummer Jonathan Taylor, who has studied with pianist Geri Allen and performed with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, is guided by what he calls a “cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary approach to improvisation.” And saxophonist Dan Bennett, regularly heard at RUSH with the creative improv group Legendary Wings, has an arrestingly powerful tone and displays an astonishing command of his instrument. Adamson glows with contentment earned through decades of self-motivation and hard work. He’s clearly in his element, collaborating with creative young musicians in music that is constantly being reinvented. Fats Waller once told an interviewer: “We rehearse on the job, at the public’s expense.” Hearing the quote, Andy nods vigorously, indicating that Waller hit the nail on the head. This same illuminous spirit and spontaneity is what you will find contained within each compositions on A Cry for Peace.