"This CD provides a survey
of percussion composition by Daniel Adams. Brilliantly performed by
Bob McCormick and the McCormick Percussion ensemble, the collection
demonstrates that Adams is a creative contributor to our artistic
literature. “Isorhythmic Concerto features McCormick as soloist
with the New Music Tampa Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dr. William Wiedrich,
Conductor). Other works include a solo marimba composition and six
ensemble works, each contrasting in texture, style and setting. Of
distinctive interest is the colorful composition “Shadow on
Mist,” which features Kim McCormick on flute and alto flute.
Her warm sounds and expressive playing help place this piece among
the better works for instrumental solo and percussion. Adams has a
gift of making each piece unique and non-predictable."
Twentry-First Century Music - January 2004 - Mark Alburger
"Imagine a minimalist collision with Alan Hovhaness and Edgar Varèse. That would give you some idea of where Daniel Adams is in Shadow On Mist, A delightful album of wind and percussion music, mostly the latter.
The collisions start out in Isorhythmic Concerto for percussion solo and wind ensemble. The strident brass and percussion motives have that Varesian edge, but with ritual repetitive schemes that modernize the medieval. An interior saxophone section brings jazz into the mix — initially no more or less so than Varèse — but further enriched with suggestions of swing in percussion and bass.
Three Movements for Unaccompanied Marimba is the earliest work in the collection, and sounds it, as an example of classic modernism. Alloy, for a metallic percussion trio of glockenspiel, chimes, and vibraphone returns to that more mystical Hovhanessian/Reichian world suggested earlier. But it is often very still, suggesting Messiaen and points farther east, albeit in fairly chromatic contexts.
Adams is definitely a fan of like-timbred percussion — all indefinite woods for Isorhythmic Concerto, all metal for Alloy, and virtually all-wind chime (no less than 35 sets!) for Ambience. This is a wonderful piece that cuts out a strong character for itself, evoking rainforest and rapture. Three alarming blown conch shells put this over the top as music worthy of many returns.
Returning to all wood (with the addition of definite-pitched instruments) in Lignumvitae for marimba, xylophone, temple blocks, log drum, wood block, claves, guiro, and rain stick — a related tropical feel is evoked, but much more nervous monkeys on uppers, occasionally doing sambas. With Shadow on Mist we can safely conclude that that Daniel Adams has the academia-meets-the-orient number nailed down in an evocative work of much interest for flute and percussion ensemble. There's a bit of the ecstasy of Boulez and Takemitsu in the big cymbal swashes.
Stratum, for four marimbas, is the second earliest work, and again sounds it, in expanding the compositional pallet of Three Movements to encompass a Crumbian motorism and a nice thrashy attitude at times, encompassing various rhythmic twists. The concluding Two Antiphonal Portraits are an exciting tour-de-force, often feverish and always engaging — with big-bang Shostakovich conclusion."