Adam Caine Trio | Thousandfold | No Business Records

Adam Caine: guitar | Tom Blancarte: bass | John Wagner: drums

Tracklist : 1. Outer Church 8’20” 2. Ride the Tiger 5’31” 3. Castros 8’51” 4. Thousandfold 10’32” 5. The Howl 8’29” 6. Invisible Kingdom 6’48” 7. Eschatology 7’46” 8. Human Body 5’07” Total time:55:45 

This record has been made possible by generous support of UAB “Vanvita” and UAB “Garsu pasaulis”. Great thanks to them. NoBusiness Records NBCD 3, 2009, edition of 1000 cd’s. All compositions by Adam Caine (AC Sounds (ASCAP), Tom Blancarte (Xibalba (BMI) and John Wagner. Recorded 24/10/2008 by Steve Griesgraber at Soft Landing Studios, Brooklyn NY. Mixed and mastered by Jim Clouse at Park West Studios, Brooklyn NY. Photos by Michael Iannantuono and Liesl Henrichsen. Design by Oskaras Anosovas. Executive producer – Danas Mikailionis. Co-producer – Valerij Anosov. Limited Edition of 1000 cd’s.

Adam Caine Trio | Thousandfold | no business records

Adam Caine

is a guitarist, improvisor and composer. Adam fronts the Adam Caine Trio with Tom Blancarte and John Wagner and the Adam Caine Quartet with Nick Lyons, Adam Lane and John Wagner. Adam also plays in Johnny Butler’s Scurvy and Eric Eigner’s Mysterium. Adam grew up in Rochester, New York and studied music at the University of Rochester. Since 2000 he has lived in Brooklyn, New York and has played in New York City and throughout the United States. Adam has performed with Connie Crothers, Paul Smoker, Daniel Carter, Ken Filiano, Phil Haynes, Glen Branca, Haale, and the New York Soundpainting Ensemble. Adam’s 2005 CD, “PIPE,” received rave reviews in the Wire, Cadence, and All About Jazz. In 2008, Adam was awarded a grant from the Brooklyn Arts council for an improvised performance with visual artist Marjan Moghaddam. As a composer for video art, Adam’s music has been featured in over 20 international festivals since 2006.

Guitarist Adam Caine

displays his endlessly innovative creative instinct on Thousandfold. Bassist Tom Blancarte and drummer John Wagner supply a steadfastly well-defined surface onto which Caine thoroughly infuses multidirectional vibrations as varied in color and texture as possible.

The guitarist splurges on extraordinarily unique patterns of fingering and plunges into chasms of reverberation. As sparks fly off his strings, Caine demonstrates expressive control of his instrument, the bass and the drums responsible for maintaining the hidden tempo beneath the persistence of staccato picking. Integrated with the thump of the bass drum, artful rattling of loose snare, low-end tom resonance, cymbal swishes or deep bass string pizzicatos, the guitar unwinds its fiery, nearly pointillist schema within indescribable improvisational bounds.

Caine changes the purity of the guitar’s tone with more than ample pedaling and amplifier artifice. “Castros,” “Howl,” “Invisible Kingdom” and “Human Body” exemplify how he allows ornamentation to absorb, transform and expand the guitar’s essential tonalities. He employs fingering that is slightly straightforward, then begins to bend pitches, strum, form clusters, use tiny glissandos, pluck in odd combinations and completely adjust the sequencing of the processes. In the title track, the guitar sound morphs into something akin to an organ.

The music has no identifiable thematic material, is self-referential and transpires so easily that locking into a listening trance might happen often. The guitar subsides infrequently into a place where the drums and bass come to the forefront, for instance, in the last three of eight cuts. The purest guitar tones end the record concurrently with a dusting of the snare. — Lyn Horton


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  1. Again, I must admire the new Lithuanian label “NoBusiness” with their daring, going for music that is totally uncompromising, raw and real. This record will not be to everyone’s taste, which is kind of the label’s mission statement, the consequence of which is explicited in their name to start with. This trio led by guitarist Adam Caine further consists of Tom Blancarte on bass and John Wagner on drums. As said, the music is raw, direct, full of energy and drive, like a rock band, more adventurous, more technically advanced, richer. In the mid-90s, Wayne Krantz started with this raw approach (at least that’s one of the first guitar trios that I can remember paving the way), then Raoul Björkenheim took it a step further, and these guys build on that. Intensity. Tension. Energy. Freedom. As Caine formulates it in the liner notes : “Can I approach the guitar from a different perspective every time I play it? There will be continuity there whether I want to or not. So, if I take the idea that I do not have or want a style or one consistent approach – nothing that automatically “works” – I go at the guitar each time like it’s a new instrument. The challenge is to accept what comes out”. So, that’s a warning. It is a guitar album. The bass and drums are there very much in a supporting role, but they do an excellent job at this, especially because Caine’s approach is totally unpredictable, musically and often rhythmically. But that’s the fun of it. Before I chase everyone away : there is rhythm and improvisational focus, there are concepts to be found, yet they are there to serve the immediacy of the raw delivery, the “what-I-feel-is-what-you-get” kind of approach.

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