"John and Mark's Excellent Rock Adventure" was conceived, performed, and produced by bassist John Adams and guitarist Mark Cuthbertson. This amazing instrumental project takes the listener on an exciting sonic journey. The light-hearted and humorous implications of the title and creatively rendered artwork are offset by powerful and thoughtful music, all presented with cutting edge production.
The eleven original songs contained in the CD convey a wide range of styles, influences and groups from rock and pop music, including progressive rock, world-beat, indie/alternative rock, heavy metal, classic rock, and more, each presented with John and Mark’s unique stamp. Fans of artists Peter Gabriel, Rush, Yes, Sting, The Rolling Stones, Mettalica, Phil Collins, Joe Satriani, and Eric Johnson (to name a few) will find plenty of music here to sink their musical teeth into.
Aside from John and Mark’s rock solid, energetic, and masterful bass and guitar performances on the project, “…Excellent Rock Adventure” also exhibits an extraordinary attention to production detail. The palette of sounds from their respective instruments, as well as state-of-the-art synth programming is astonishing without being overbearing or distracting. The most common question asked about the project is “Who played drums?” The very question and the frequency with which it is asked belies the skills and musicality of Adams’ exceptional drum programming. The mixing and mastering are first-rate, and have put all of the musical details in their proper place.
This music is available for license in soundtracks and media of any type, and special media edits and mixes have been prepared. Interested parties may contact the artists via the website given below.
Deriving from both artists’ extensive background as educators, an additional special feature of the project is the preparation of “play-along” mixes (“backing tracks”) of the entire project, with pdf charts of the songs. Packages are available for lead and chordal instruments, bass, and drums, and can be downloaded or CD packages can ordered on the website.
The website link for this project is: www.excellentrockadventure.com
Attention players and teachers! We also created four separate backing-track/play-along packages (for lead gtr, rhythm gtr, bass & drums) to be used in connection with the main album. Thee unique high-quality tools make for great study and lots of fun. There are charts for download on the website.
John Adams – electric basses and synth programming: As an accomplished acoustic and electric bassist, John Adams is one of the Southwest's most versatile established musicians and band-leaders. He is also in increasing demand as a producer, arranger and composer. John served as Music Director and performed weekly for three-and-a-half years at Dallas' prestigious Crescent Court Hotel. Adams holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the University of North Texas, where for ten years he was the jazz bass professor. He is often called on as clinician, instructor, and an instructional author.
John toured extensively with jazz great Woody Herman and others. He has backed vocalists Mel Torme, Rosemary Clooney, Wayne Watson, and Sandi Patti, and jazz artists such as Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm, Bill Mays, Carl Fontana, Chet Baker, Clark Terry, and Dave Liebman. His broad musical background has also included extensive orchestral and show/pit work.
Aside from his studio work on hundreds of recording projects, Adams has released six exciting and varied jazz CD’s of his own, beginning with "Jump Shot," ('96), which features New York and regional artists, and showcases his formidable writing skills. "Fly By Night" ('99) features members of John's exceptional acoustic-jazz quartet in an intimate club setting, and the compelling, "With You In Mind" CD ('01) was released nationwide, and features top musicians from Dallas, Austin, and L.A. "The John Adams Group - Live!" ('04) captures the intensity and variety of John's five-piece group in concert. “Trios,” (’06) features five different combinations of jazz trios covering a broad spectrum of styles and striking arrangements of standards. It received airplay on over 160 stations nationwide. Adams’ “Thumbs Up,”(’09) is a full-fledged studio production with a fresh, contemporary sound, strong rhythms, rich harmonies, exciting originals and stunning arrangements of some surprising classics.
Mark Cuthbertson – electric and acoustic guitars, and synth programming: Mark’s playing delivers a potent blend of expressive and fluid technique, supportive comping, cutting edge sounds, and rock-solid rhythmic sense. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Mark Cuthbertson began playing guitar at the age of 12. While in high school, he was awarded a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music during their annual Summer Guitar Program. He later enrolled at the University of Mississippi and performed in that school's highest jazz band (which is also documented to be the first college jazz band ever assembled). Soon he transferred to the Jazz Program at the University of North Texas where he studied with Fred Hamilton before graduating Cum Laude (honors).
For years, Mark has worked as a sideman, composer and arranger, and his playing and arrangements can be heard in various contexts, both live and on recordings. Currently the single "Feet that Move," from Northwood Worship's debut album (which features Mark's playing and writing), is in rotation on KLTY and KSBJ, two of the largest radio stations in the US.
Among Mark's current projects, he is working on a solo CD (under the band name "Fantastic Boom"), featuring the ubiquitous David Torn. In addition to a steady stream of pop/rock recording, Mark writes, records and collaborates on advertising music, mainly for the Dallas/Fort Worth market.
Mark is also an accomplished philosopher/theologian. His article,"Time, the 'Open Acquittal', and Divine Omniscience," appeared in the renowned Westminster Theological Journal.
Mark Cuthbertson endorses Line 6 effects, Lentz guitars, Reverend guitars, Rockett pedals, Paul Trombetta pedals, Pedaltrain pedalboards, Lollar pickups, Curt Mangan strings, and Two Notes Audio Engineering software.