I wonder what it is that Paul Adams doesn't do? Working in multiple genres, his 10 critically acclaimed albums have over 104 million streams on Pandora and can be heard on Sirius Radio, Music Choice, Amazon Radio, Apple Radio, Tidal and other platforms. In May of 2016 his new album IMAGININGS won Contemporary Instrumental Album of the year at the Zone Music Awards in New Orleans! His follow up album with Australian Elizabeth Geyer DEEPER IMAGININGS was released in December 2019 to rave reviews!
He has also built instruments for well known musicians including Daryl Hall and members of Stevie Wonder's band ; is a writer, poet, plays a vast array of exotic instruments. He also has an electro Jazz fusion band THE NEURONS with ex Ray Charles Trumpet soloist/arranger David Hoffman. Adams release SLEEP won Native Flute Album of the Year at the Zone Music Awards in 2013. His albums HEAVENS and FLUTE MEDITATIONS FOR DREAMING CLOUDS were also forged in this meditational style. DEEPER IMAGININGS is a follow up to IMAGININGS with Elizabeth Geyer and due to be released November 2019.
THE PROPERTY OF WATER was created with electro music pioneer Laurie Spiegel’s Music Mouse, an intelligent music program that because of it’s blend with acoustic instruments and nature, Laurie calls a “unique amalgam of silicon and wood.”
A VIEW FROM THE PLAIN and THIS CHRISTMAS use Paul’s unique drop thumb guitar style to create vast images of the prairie. What some who might be familiar with Adams don't know, is that he is also a specialized finger style guitarist - a fact even more astonishing in light of a tragic accident years ago that resulted in the loss of three fingers on Paul's fretting hand. The ends were rebuilt with grafts from his leg and he says, “I had to completely re-approach my playing. A radio program who had placed my album VARIOUS WAVES in the TOP 5 of the year asked about my ‘unique way’ of phrasing! Limitation sometimes has a way of pushing one beyond barriers.”
Paul credits his early study of ethnomusicology for a deep love of unique musical instruments. “I have a fair collection of anything that makes noise." And when asked about his diversity he likens himself to a painter. ”I’ve always loved the different mediums.. just as a painter doesn’t want to be stuck in oils, or acrylic, pen and ink, you don’t want to be restricted to one theme for the rest of your life”.
IN THE LAND WHERE I COME FROM is perhaps Adams' most “daring” album to date, crossing boundaries of the best in Jazz, Pop, and World influences, venturing even into groove and poetry. Described by some as a masterpiece - it’s a wonder filled celebration of humankind in all its light and darkness, centered around a magical place called BUTTERLAND which Paul calls his “polyunsaturated journey to mystical lands.”
Adams is no stranger to collaboration either, in 2015 producing and recording projects with Australian singer songwriter Elizabeth Geyer and Indian flautist Pravin Godkhindi. And last but not least, The Neurons - Paul’s ongoing project with Ray Charles long term arranger David Hoffman. Paul explains “Neurons has been a chance to utilize my instruments in a jazzier way, blending world music and looped grooves. “:From time to time I find music unique and original. A pathfinder. Music that realizes new ideas, instruments and styles. That's Dance by The Neurons!” Smooth & Soul Magazine, Germany
Above left is a Zebrawood Guitar wi th Meher Baba photo inlaid. Next s a Swedish Humel made for Daryl Hall. Then me playing guitar. My focus is as a generalist, but finger style is my strongest area (John Fehey, Kottke, etc)