Artist profile: Bruce Adams

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Bruce is a special player, he has such a warm, sharing personality and I have a great deal of respect for him. He has helped me immensely over a few years, and I am glad to see him at the odd gig, every time astounding me with his sound, phrasing, time feel and generosity. I have been fortunate enough to hang with Bruce, and I have learned a lot about his playing, the music business and the trumpet in this time. He is always giving.

The first time I met Bruce was at a youth jazz showcase where he was the soloist, and BOY he blew everyone away. I later learned that the enormous high-C to double-C he played as his first notes in rehearsal/warmup is part of his “embouchure check” routine; I have witnessed this in his house in the morning time. Astounding tone and power. As a swing player, in that vein of music, I think Bruce is one of the finest players about and I strongly urge you to see him in concert and buy his CDs, as the following clips do not do this friendly giant justice!

Suggested recordings:

Sure as You’re Born
Echoes of Ellington (the scream chair… double Es anyway!)
Harlem Airshaft – with Alan Barnes

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From Bruce’s website:
BRUCE ADAMS (Trumpet and Flugelhorn): Not only is Bruce one the jazz scene’s most dramatic and stimulating performers, he is also a tremendously affable companion. A band-room with the Glaswegian Mr. Adams present is a happy and riotous place. His stream of jokes, anecdotes, and hilarious observations reflect an early immersion in show-biz, and a keen eye and ear for the many quirks of human nature.

His stories are populated by a sort of Scottish-Runyonesque cast of characters, some of them long-gone pals of his father and uncle, who were both professional musicians. However, on stage, Bruce Adams takes the playing side of things very seriously.

And he cut his musical teeth on solid commercial work – on cruise liners, in dance halls, music halls, and even worked in support of comedy legends like, Tony Hancock and Freddie Starr. He has been a regular jazz poll-winner and with his spectacular range and power on the instrument has been in demand as a lead and jazz trumpet man.

Bruce has often worked as a special guest soloist with both the Scottish Radio Orchestra and the BBC Big Band. Bruce’s long-running musical partnership with saxophonist Alan Barnes has produced many plaudits and acclaimed recordings.

One Response to “Artist profile: Bruce Adams”

  1. To make a comment from the outside – Bruce seems somewhat introspective in that he has a high horn angle yet really tips the head down. I sympathise as a player who leans in on themselves, a player influenced by Bruce. It is no easy thing to point out; it projects the “soul” so much. It is hard to be as naked as that in front of an audience. I do it, but so many did it. It can hinder. It can become more identity than the music, sadly.

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