Adam Cruz

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

Adam Cruz
Cruz in March 2009
Background information
BornNew York City
LabelsSunnyside, Columbia, Verve
Associated actsMingus Big Band, Chick Corea, Origin


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

As leader

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

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

With Edward Simon

With Joey Calderazzo

  • Going Home (Sunnyside, 2015)

As sideman


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