Bucky Adams After
As in many North American cities, the
Halifax jazz scene has been well established for decades, and
long-time saxophonist Bucky Adams has been a leading force for
at least 40 years. His authoritative playing has been
noted for its full, mellifluous richness, and East Coast
concerts and jazz festivals wouldn't be complete without the
tenorman being part of them.
During a long and colorful career that began more than 50 years
ago in the Gerrish Street Hall, the focal point for Nova
Scotia's black community, Charles Richmond ("Bucky")
Adams has played everywhere in the Maritimes club and bar
circuit. He has performed with such artists as Dizzy
Gillespie and Oscar Peterson, enjoyed widespread coverage on
radio and television, and recently appeared together with the
Nova Scotia Mass Choir in a Martin Luther King Tribute concert
with Symphony Nova Scotia.
In April, after years of performing live, with 12 grandchildren
and hitting his 60th birthday, Adams decided it was time to lay
something down for posterity. He has recorded a CD.
Remarkably, "In a Lovin' Way" is his first major
release, something he admits is long overdue. "I
figured I was getting on in age," he says. "If
this is the last thing I do, my family will have something to
remember me by."
"In a Lovin' Way" is a musical autobiography full of
pictures from his childhood to the present. All but one of
the tunes are composed by Adams, or co-composed with Woody
Woods. "Songs like 'Maynard Street' and 'Harbour
View' have been floating around in my head for years," he
says. "Through it all I've tried to preserve the
feeling of the good times."
Some of the album's other songs include "Bucky's
Back," "Remember the Good Days," and the title
track, which features a warm vocal from Adams. One of the
co-composed tracks is the emotional "Africville
Shuffle," whose cynical title refers to the way residents
of that once-thriving, now, leveled community were swept from
The tight backup group - drummer David James, bassist Skip
Beckwith, and pianist Woody Woods - provides Adams with the
space to swing and sing with seasoned authority that has been
his hallmark for years.
Recorded at Halifax's Deep Nine Studio, "In a Lovin'
Way" shows Adams' playing and writing talents off at his
best. The saxophonist's own liner notes provide an elegant
touch to an extraordinary album.