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Cruz in March 2009
|Born||New York City|
|Labels||Sunnyside, Columbia, Verve|
|Associated acts||Mingus Big Band, Chick Corea, Origin|
Adam Cruz is an American jazz drummer from New York City.
He is best known for his work with pianist Danilo Perez, 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, Downbeat Magazine, and JazzTimes. 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".
- Milestone (Sunnyside, 2011)
With Danilo Pérez
- 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
With Edward Simon
With Joey Calderazzo
- Going Home (Sunnyside, 2015)
- with Leon Parker: Above and Below (Sony/Columbia, 1994)
- with Mingus Big Band: Gunslingin' Bird (Dreyfus, 1995)
- with Virginia Mayhew: Nini Green (Chiaroscuro, 1997)
- with Chick Corea's Origin: A Week at The Blue Note (Stretch, 1998)
- with David Sánchez: Melaza (Sony, 2000)
- with Donny McCaslin: The Way Through (Arabesque, 2003)
- with Steve Wilson: Soulful Song (Maxjazz, 2003)
- with Ray Barretto: Standards Rican-Ditioned (Zoho Music, 2006)
- with David Brandom: No Way Out (Blu Jazz, 2007)
- with Chris Potter: Song for Anyone (Sunnyside, 2007)
- with Dave Pietro: The Chakra Suite (Challenge, 2008)
- with David Sánchez: Cultural Survival (Concord, 2008)
- with Francesco Cafiso: Angelica (CAM Jazz, 2009)
- with Anthony Branker & Ascent: Dance Music (Origin, 2010)
- with Anthony Branker & Word Play: Dialogic (Origin, 2011)
- Carr, Ian; Fairweather, Digby; Priestley, Brian (2004). The Rough Guide to Jazz. Penguin. p. 184. ISBN 1-84353-256-5.
- LA Times review of Milestone
- DownBeat Magazine Editor's Picks Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
- JazzTimes Milestone review
- NYTimes: When the Latin and Jazz Converge June 8, 2011
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