Adam Cruz

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Adam Cruz
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Cruz in March 2009
Background information
BornNew York City
LabelsSunnyside, Columbia, Verve
Associated actsMingus Big Band, Chick Corea, Origin
Cruz at the 2017 Oslo Jazz Festival

Adam Cruz is an American jazz drummer from New York City.


He is best known for his work with pianist Danilo Perez,[1] saxophonist Steve Wilson, David Sanchez, and pianist Edward Simon. He has also toured and recorded with the Mingus Big Band, saxophonist Chris Potter, guitarist Charlie Hunter, and Chick Corea's Origin.

Cruz's debut album as a leader was released in 2011 on Sunnyside Records. Milestone was given favorable reviews by the Los Angeles Times,[2] Downbeat Magazine,[3] and JazzTimes.[4] The New York Times describes the album as "Informed by several strains of Latin music but just as meaningfully by brisk post-bop and lyrically minded free jazz".[5]

Selected discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

With Danilo Pérez[edit]

  • Till Then (Verve, 2003)
  • Danilo Pérez Trio: Live at the Jazz Showcase (ArtistShare, 2006)
  • Providencia (Mack Avenue, 2010)
  • Panama 500 (Mack Avenue, 2013)

With Tom Harrell[edit]

  • The Art of Rhythm (BMG, 1997)
  • Paradise (RCA, 2001)
  • TRIP (HighNote, 2014)

With Edward Simon[edit]

With Joey Calderazzo[edit]

  • Going Home (Sunnyside, 2015)

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Penguin. p. 184. ISBN 1-84353-256-5.
  2. ^ LA Times review of Milestone
  3. ^ DownBeat Magazine Editor's Picks Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ JazzTimes Milestone review
  5. ^ NYTimes: When the Latin and Jazz Converge June 8, 2011

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