Dan Adler has found a role in protecting the legacy of the jazz guitar. On his self-produced debut album, VIBETONES, he surrounds himself with like-minded partners. The group has a cool, restrained sound coming from the blend of guitar with Roy Pertchik’s vibes and Richard Russo’s electric bass. The drumming by Dan Silverstone is smooth and quietly propulsive.
This is a steady, unadorned blowing session. No new ground is broken -- the players find their joy in language that has come before them. Adler particularly sounds at home, rarely putting a foot wrong, comfortable in the familiar landscape of "Green Dolphin Street," "Have You Met Miss Jones" and "My Romance." His solid grasp of the fundamentals of jazz language is the album’s highlight. He has a clean sound, Metheney-esque, with the long lines and quick turns of his acknowledged influences, Pat Martino and Joe Pass.
With "Stella By Starlight" capping off the session, VIBETONES seems almost an exercise in legacy -- one that shows the jazz guitar tradition to be in good hands.