These tracks were collected from live performances of five different combinations of my jazz trios at various venues, over a two-and-a-half year period. For all of the fun and musical thrills this CD presents, it is very close to my heart. Each of these combinations of trios is comprised of musicians whom I am honored to be on stage with, and to count among my friends. As a bassist, I have found that one of most exciting roles I can play when leading a jazz small-group is that of catalyst. I try not to micro-manage the music, but just help set a direction, and let the music take shape naturally, based upon who is playing. These musicians are all masters of many different styles. The results here, which I hope you find enjoyable, are that each combination really has its own sound, style, language, and rapport. Thanks for listening in! This CD is dedicated to my beloved Jean Carruthers Adams, (1956 - 2004)?words cannot express all that I owe. - John Adams, 1/06 John Adams uses and endorses LaBella strings exclusively.