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A prolific member of Chicago's jazz and improvised music scene, Jason Adasiewicz is quickly gaining widespread recognition through his extensive work as a sideman as well as such high-profile honors as his strong showing in the Rising Star Vibes category of DownBeat's 2007 Critics' Poll. Critics have called him "a remarkably adroit colorist" (Jay Collins, Cadence) and "a welcome new voice" (Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes), noting his "probing sound" (Michael McCaw, AllAboutJazz.com) and ability "to create cunning and subtle rhythmic suspensions" (Derek Taylor, Dusted). Adasiewicz is a member of more than 20 working bands, including the Guillermo Gregorio Trio, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Valentine Trio + 1, Rob Mazurek's Exploding Star Orchestra, the Nicole Mitchell Quartet and Ken Vandermark's Double Quartet. His debut as a leader on 482 Music follows a long association with the label that includes recordings with Aram Shelton's Arrive, Harris Eisenstadt and Mike Reed's Loose Assembly. He also appears on two tracks from the 2003 sampler that launched the label's Document Chicago series in 2003.
"Since returning from Madison a few years ago, vibist Jason Adasiewicz has become an integral part of the local jazz scene, bringing his aggressive yet lyric style to the likes of Rob Mazurek\'s Exploding Star Orchestra and the quartet Arrive. He emphasizes his terrific originals in Rolldown, a quintet with cornetist Josh Berman, alto saxophonist Aram Shelton, bassist Jason Roebke, and drummer Frank Rosaly. Many songs on the group\'s album recall the brilliantly oblique postbop material Bobby Hutcherson recorded for Blue Note in the late 60s, but others are based on gently rippling, coloristic passages. Adasiewicz lays down spiky, sweet-and-sour harmonies behind the solos, and his own improvisations are jagged tangles that make unexpected turns and recapitulations." — Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader