Album Remarks & Appraisals:
All About Jazz - Dan Bilawsky
Adam Kromelow's group is a jazz piano trio in instrumentation, but not intent. Kromelow, who originally hails from Illinois and now resides in New York, takes his cues and inspiration from a variety of sources, such as modern classical music, rock sounds and, of course, jazz. All of these influences merge on Youngblood.
While it's tempting - and partially accurate - to say that this exciting new outfit meets at the crossroads of pianist Brad Mehldau and The Bad Plus, that only serves as a very broad reference point. When listening at a deeper level and observing, for example, that Kromelow prefers anthemic rock tides and nuanced grooves over Bad Plus-style bombast, it becomes clear that this trio has synthesized all of their disparate influences and formed their own ideas. They aren't merely regurgitating some hybridized form of music.
Youngblood features nine songs, all in the four to six minute range, which show off the trio's penchant for angst-ridden walls of sound, chromatic angularity, adventurous exploration, and undeniable melodicism. Kromelow's tunes, comprising two- thirds of the program, cover a wide range of styles and ideas. "Black Mamba" is a driving, odd-metered thrill-ride, "Bushido" is a heavy-hitting ode to Kromelow's karate chops and "Upgrade" ends the album in high spirits, with rock-like energy and zest. ... read more...
Personnel: Adam Kromelow (piano); Jason Burger (drums).
Audio Mixer: Dan Knobler.
Recording information: Tedesco Studios (04/09/2011-04/10/2011).
Photographer: Sasha Arutyunova.