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Jim Macnie
Jazziz Magazine, June 1999

"Working in horn sections as disparate as Kool & The Gang and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Big Band, the trombonist has spent much of his career in semi-obscurity. He has gigged ceaselessly but never made a disc as a leader until now. A growling bear of an album, The Master Power was worth waiting for.

Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond, and Lewis Nash are intent on turning Adams' debut into an animated affair. The splash of the opening "Darshan's Love" proves the leader's no shy boy on his horn. And when percussionist Neil Clark joins in on "I Can't Get Started," the team belies the title's frustrations with jaunty Caribbean swagger that's pure ignition. Here's hoping Adams gets some notice for this bustling, hard-bop outing."

Wynton Marsalis

It's about time, one of our original and soulful voices has been documented playing his own music. Clifford Adams is an important addition to the resurrection of the trombone

Fred Wesley

Clifford Adams, the 'bonist with Kool & the Gang, is one of the best in the world

Clark Terry

The leading exponent to the crown of the retired J.J. Johnson, consummate musician, the be-bopper's bopper. Clifford is a bad M-F, and you can call that a bad Maryland farmer if you want to

Curtis Fuller

Clifford Adams has truly become a great master of the trombone with uncanny technique. His long tenure with Kool & the Gang has given him a stronger persona. I see the best of the best for Clifford Adams in the years to come

Jimmy Heath

Clifford is right at home with some of the consummate voices of the day, his voice is long overdue to be heard

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