"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."
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
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