Nagel Heyer BSIN01778340
Holzmann, Adam / & Brave New World - Jazz Rocket Science
Optimistic music in the age of fear. That’s what the newest recording by Adam Holzman & Brave New World is all about! Brave New World is a powerful downtown, fusion band. The band comes out funky and heavy on the opener "Superhero" and follow it up with the soulful "Life On Mars." The introspective "The Telltale Heart", is an example of some of the band's quieter moments followed by more fusion-funk. The members groove hard and solo with passion.
This is grown-up fusion, with the freneticism of its 1970s pre-cursors cooled off and a more sophisticated vocabulary brought to bear. Holzman's generally hard-hitting, metallic, harmonically rich and thematically ingenious brand of fusion is well-known from his previous dates as leader, and from his tenure as Musical Director of the Miles Davis band, 1985 - 1989, into which he brought a particular and distinctive texture and voicing.
Adam Holzman is simply one of the most innovative musicians alive. He is a perennial poll-winner in the Fusion category for Tower Pulse!'s year-end Top Ten listings. "Keyboard" magazine named him one of the top 10 players in the world, "Down Beat" lauded his "killer groove" and compared him to Jan Hammer - and even the "New York Times" and the "Washington Post" praised his live shows.
Miles Davis first hired Adam for some keyboard work for "Tutu" and then as second keyboarder for the following live tour. While Miles Davis hired and fired musicians at an enormous rate during these years, Adam Holzman actually stayed for almost 5 years. "I must have done something right", Holzman says today. "I was so nervous in the beginning - I didn't think I would survive the first tour." He must have done a lot of things right, since Miles later promoted him to "musical director".
After one more year Adam moved on - to work with Michel Petrucciani. During the early 90s, Adam also worked for Chaka Khan, Robben Ford, the band "Kelvynator" and many others. Parallel to this he also founded a steady live band called Brave New World. It included Aaron Heick (Sax, ex-Chaka Khan Band), Freddy Cash (Bass, formerly with "Arrested Development" and Mark Ledford), and guitarist Mitch Stein, who performed for Tania Maria, David Sanborn and Chaka Khan (among others).
In 1995 Adam appeared in the US with Brave New World and continued occasionally performing with Michel Petrucciani - but also was a member of Wayne Shorters group. From 1997-2000, Adam recorded and toured with the late, great sax player, Grover Washington Jr., producing new Miles Davis projects for Sony; and currently plays with the highly acclaimed Wallace Roney Quintet
“I do not consider my musical role to be a keeper of jazz traditions. I try to make entertaining music today, influenced by rock, jazz-rock, funk and a lot of other styles and ideas." (Adam Holzman)
Featuring Adam Holzman (piano, fender rhodes, wurlitzer, korg karma, korg wavestation, kurzweil 2000, ppg wave, minimoog & dx-7), Aaron Heick (sax); Freddy Cash Jr.(bass); Mitch Stein (guitar), Alan Burroughs (guitar), Alex Elena (drums)
11 Tracks. Recorded and Mixed by Jim Caruana at Sony Music Studios, NYC.
Tracks 7, 8 and 11 recorded by Scott Young at Manhattan Center Studios, NYC.
Mastered by Mark Wilder at Sony Music Studios, NYC.