Dan Adler's latest recording Back to the Bridge swings, plain and simple! It is a great example of the perfect combination of jazz guitar and Hammond B-3. Adler's precise execution of such reachable melodies as Clifford Brown's Joy Spring and Joe Bushkin's "Oh, Look at Me Now" are flavored with the great B-3 passages of Joey Defrancesco and kept swinging by drummer Byron Landham.
The opening number, "Silver and Gold," a tribute to the great Horace Silver, is a nod to the classic Jazz Messenger composition of "Mayreh." This track gives you a taste of things to come with regard to Adler's playing, composition and the chemistry of this trio. The tone of Adler's guitar playing is so well-balanced with the energy of the organ and the laid back drum work by Landham. Even when Landham is driving the groove, there is still plenty of space for Adler to involve his own dynamics into the rhythm pattern. Adler is a self-confessed student of Joe Pass and this is evidenced by his tonal and melodic delivery.
The CD is Adler's second effort as a leader and it delivers an unexpected level of entertainment factor. Each and every track is a listening treat. Adler demonstrates an amazing talent for composition, arranging and execution on this CD. He also demonstrates an understanding of the best format in which to present his ideas by teaming up with Defrancesco and Landham for this project.
A favorite of mine is "The Smudge," a blues number by Oscar Peterson from his great Eloquence recording. The treatment of this song is a great example of Adler's fine soloing and interpretation skills. This song also highlights Adler's technical skills; the notes he lays down are clean and expressive, and never get outside of the blues pocket created by Joey and Byron.
This is a wonderful jazz guitar recording and for that matter, a great jazz organ recording! Overall a great listen. Check it out.