Press

"The tenor saxophonist Adam Larson is the sort of jazz musician who gets flagged early on as a promising talent and then hustles to meet every requirement for success. At 25, he’s still forming his identity as an artist, but his third album, “Selective Amnesia” (Inner Circle), suggests that he’s closing in on something perceptive and streamlined. He has a fine rhythm section, with Fabian Almazan on piano, Matthew Stevens on guitar, Matt Penman on bass and Jimmy Macbride on drums. And his compositions are thoughtful, with ample breathing room for any soloists. (They reciprocate with excellent work, especially Mr. Stevens on an anthemic ballad called “Gratitude.”) Mr. Larson’s own improvisations tend to be articulate and brisk, darting up and down his range. This album is a good marker for him, a sign of how far he has come and a new standard for him to beat."- Nate Chinen, New York Times

“It’s [Selective Amnesia] an impressive album that not only expresses his sense of a newfound personal freedom but also showcases his compositional prowess for lyricism”- Downbeat Magazine

"Selective Amnesia continues the starbright trajectory of a once-wunderkind now maturing into the role of  21st century composer, bandleader and exceptional performer."- Andrea Canter, Jazz Police

"There are no bad tracks here making Selective Amnesia one of the strongest contemporary jazz album I have heard this year. Larson shows his considerable skill and innovation on every track and should be a resounding force in the world of jazz for years to come."- Jon Neudorf

"..a self-assured young saxophonist.."- Nate Chinen, The New York Times

"...a player for whom the word "prodigious" was coined."- Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"..it [Simple Beauty] confirms that he’s one of the most potent and promising saxophonists of his generation, and composer of tunes with a keen, contemporary edge.." Peter Hum, The Ottawa Citizen

 

"...everyone checked their egos at the door of the studio and let their stories unfold without forcing them. They cuddled, nudged and negotiated music delicately, yet decisively, and the result is simply beautiful..."- Rio Sakairi, Director of Programming at The Jazz Gallery, NYC

 

"...He has a strong and unpretentious tone, and a line that is really easy to follow but which takes the listener on an interesting ride...The title track shows Larson equally lyrical on soprano, once more eschewing any showing off in favour of more eloquent and heartfelt storytelling.."- Peter L. Bacon, The JazzBreakfast

 

"...Jazz is full of subtleties, and on Simple Beauty, Larson shows a mastery of many of them, including the art of integrating harmony and rhythm into forceful compositions..."- S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews

 

"...an up-and-coming young artist who, despite his age, has already begun to establish an impressive and varied career.  He not only has achieved a respected and powerful presence in the jazz community, but is also comfortable as an educator, clinician, and writer.  We are thrilled to have Adam Larson on our roster of esteemed artists..."- D'addario Woodwinds