Like many of her contemporaries, Robin Adler has no problem, musically or conceptually, crossing between different musical genre. This willingness is reflected in her maiden album It's About Time which she cut for her own label. A wide-ranging musical excursion, it has selections from folk-rock, new age, and pop, in addition to familiar standards usually found in the repertoire of most jazz singers. The result is a real banquet of song. Adler has a warm and supple voice which she applies to this mixed bag of musical styles with ease and imagination. "A Felicidade" is done in Portuguese with Peter Sprague's guitar in a featured role. Rob Whitlock's piano is heard to good effect on a very moving interpretation of "Skylark" Adler's scatting is put on display for Sprague's upbeat "Seattle Stomp." Adler has also taken to writing some of her own material. Her "Get Up," based on Miles Davis' trumpet rendition of "Tadd's Delight," is an excursion into bop and vocalese. The Adler-Blackburn composition, "Musician Blues," showcases Adler's ability to deal with the blues. Her supporting cast is comprised of veteran players coming from disparate musical backgrounds. Besides Sprague and Whitlock, there's percussionist Brad Dutz who has appeared with David Benoit and Vinny Gloia. Bass player Dave Curtis has participated in several rock sessions. Drummer-composer Dave Blackburn and pianist John Opferkuch are from the world of new age. The variety of the players' musical backgrounds match the diversity of the material presented on the album. Jazz purists may decry the embrace of crossover music typified by It's About Time, but they shouldn't be surprised.
It's About Time Review
by Dave Nathan