Just by glancing at his discography, it initially seems like guitarist Adam Rogers is a studio musician. He's performed as a sideman in vastly different settings, spanning genres as diverse as pop, rock, funk, folk, acoustic and electric jazz, and he's classically trained as well. A short list of notable associations includes: Randy and Michael Brecker, Alana Davis, David Krakauer's Klezmer Madness, Edward Simon, Brook Valentine, Giora Feidman, Alex Sipiagin, Chris Potter, Norah Jones, Dennis Chambers and an eleven-year affiliation (as a founding member) with funk-jazz-prog-rock-and-more group Lost Tribe with David Binney, Fima Ephron, David Gilmore and Ben Perowsky.
But while he's able to accompany the best artists of any genre, Rogers says he doesn't consider himself to be a "studio guitarist" per se. Rather, he simply enjoys the challenges and rewards of enhancing and influencing other artists' music when he's called upon. Versatile and virtuosic, his unique and creative contributions have made him a well-loved studio partner, but he also wants to focus on his own career as a leader. He has three albums to his own name so far and fourth is soon to be released. Armed with mind-blowing chops, a cerebral yet logical compositional style and an ears-wide-open approach to music, Rogers is definitely an artist to watch.
In this feature, Rogers talks about his earliest guitar and jazz influences, his classical background, his approach to songwriting, his various experiences as a sideman and leader and more.
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Albums (as a leader):
Art of the Invisible
Time and the Infinite (due Feb. 2007)
AAJ (Phil DiPietro, Apr. 2002)
AAJ (David Miller, Sep. 2005)