Kris Adams Electronic Press Kit

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Longing

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Concert Shot 01

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Biography


Kris Adams began singing at an early age having grown up in a music loving family. Her grandfather played organ by ear and her mother played piano. Kris began singing on stage in a touring children’s theater as a young teenager and had her first professional gigs at the age of 19 in Connecticut, singing in a latin-jazz band that the late saxophonist Tom Chapin was a member of.

Kris left Hartford to attend Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory. She released her first CD, “This Thing Called Love” in 1999 and her second, “Weaver of Dreams” in 2002. Both were collaborations with pianist/arranger, Steve Prosser. She recorded her third disc, recently released (Jazzbird Records), "Longing" in collaboration with trumpeter/arranger, Greg Hopkins. Kris currently teaches at Berklee and is author of the book “Sing Your Way Through Theory” (Hal Leonard).

Kris has shared the stage with Joe Lovano, Wayne Escoffery, Lee Musiker, Cameron Brown, Billy Drummond, Bill Pierce, Harvie S, Jay Leonhart and Michelle Hendricks. She has performed and given clinics in New England, New York, Los Angeles, Brazil, Germany and Italy, recently, at the Fara Sabina Jazz Festival along side Jonathan Kreisberg, Kevin Hays, Rueben Rogers and Gregory Hutchinson.

 

Kris Adams Biography:

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Creative works:

Longing

This Thing Called Love

Weaver of Dreams

Sing Your Way Through Theory

 

Reviews


Jon Garelick
Scene & Heard-Best of Boston Music 2014
Boston Globe Arts Section, December 19, 2014

The crystalline glow of Kris Adams’s singing, along with her technical assurance and emotional commitment, make this a standout vocal album, but the arrangements by her Berklee colleague Greg Hopkins put it over the top. Hopkins worked with Adams on seven of the 11 tracks, sometimes with as many as 10 pieces, including cello. The varied material ranges from Joni Mitchell’s “The Dawntreader” and Michel Legrand’s “Once Upon a Summertime” to Mary Lou Williams’s “What’s Your Story Morning Glory?,” a couple of pieces by the British singer Norma Winstone (including the title track), and Adams’s own lyric setting of Steve Swallow’s “Wrong Together.”

 

Fred Bouchard, Downbeat Magazine
November 2014

"Blithe, airy Kris Adams rolls a bright set of heartfelt, gnarly linearities as post-bop arranger Greg Hopkins re-meters classics ("All Of You", "One Upon A Summertime", "Voce E Eu") in daring charts that nimbly exercise 7-to 12-man Berklee-based ensembles. A superb scatter, Adams precisely navigates thrilling hairpin vocalise amid keen solos for Hopkins' trumpet, agile pianist Tim Ray, bassist Fernando Huergo, flutist/engineer Bob Patton and altoist Shannon LeClaire."

 

Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher www.midwestrecord.com

"KRIS ADAMS/Longing: Not your usual fine voiced jazz thrush, Adams wraps her throat around the Great American songbook her way. That means she's covering Steve Swallow, Ralph Towner, Abbey Lincoln and more that might just well be new to younger ears. Singing words as well as vocalese, her music almost comes across like a one woman playlet without the tortured artist effect in it's wake. Delightfully ear opening stuff, Adams is loaded with the chops that make her stand out as can be heard on a stand out release like this. A winner throughout, try not to miss it because it'll be your loss."

 

Jack Goodstein, www.blogcritics.org

"In Longing, her new album, vocalist Kris Adams demonstrates just what jazz singing is all about. She uses her instrument, her voice, in the same way a fine horn player uses his; she takes the song, explores it, and makes it her own. This is no mere lounge singer. This is a creative artist."

 

Vittorio Lo Conte, www.musiczoom.it, Rome, Italy

"An impressive team with which Kris Adams singing one of the most interesting vocal albums of the moment, between tradition and look to the future, where nothing is predictable and obvious."

 

Jerome Wilson, Cadence Magazine

"Kris Adams has a lovely, malleable voice that can either come out as a wistful sigh or sharpen into a piercing soprano sax wail . . . she has very impressive versatility."

 

Scott Yanow, All Music Guide

"A very talented and subtle jazz singer . . . "

 

Frank-John Hadley, Down Beat Critic

"Adams voice is warmly inviting and projects a sense of believable drama when articulating the lyrics of standards."

 

Bob Blumenthal, Jazz Critic

"Kris Adams takes rare natural gifts, a most pleasing voice and sure sense of time, and adds taste in material and a curiosity in conception that is central to jazz."

 

Christopher Loudon, Jazz Times

"Kris Adams has a strong jazz sensibility . . . an easy, agreeable sense of swing and an obvious appreciation for everything from Ella's scatting to Sheila Jordan's intonation."

 

Steve Starger, The Hartford Advocate

"Prosser's rearrangements can snap like elastic bands or unravel like balls of twine . . . Right on the edge!"

 

Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

"Adams is not a typical songbird, but one who stretches herself, requiring listeners to open their ears. Those who do will find the rewards many and great!"

 

Bill Donaldson, Jazz Improv Magazine

"Kris Adams stakes her own claim as a singer to be reckoned with . . . she subtly gets into the melodies and the music itself."

 

Dr. Herb Wong, The IAJE Journal

"An arresting CD with an interesting edge book ended by Watch What Happens and The 'In' Crowd underscores Kris Adams' range of abilities, values, and attitudes as a genuinely ripened singer."

 

 

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