BIO OF ADLAI WAXMAN:
MUSIC CRITIC: David Silverberg
While listening to a new formidable sound by a talented musician, legendary producer Jerry Wexler told Adlai Waxman that he could “fit in with the best of them.” Margaret Atwood told him to turn up his microphone so she could focus on his words.
These are the types of responses that Adlai’s music inspires. Adlai Waxman makes melodic compositions look easy, and his songwriting captures the spirit of piano pop-music which leaves the listener wanting more. Waxman, a unique singer/songwriter based out of Toronto, Ontario is enjoying a successful career in Canada and the U.S. As a new generation talent, he brings forward a sound that emanates with the influence of songwriters Randy Newman, Joe Jackson, Robbie Robertson and Donald Fagan. Waxman is a songwriter who offers a fresh alternative to music fans who seek more than common commercial radio sounds.
Armed with his keyboard that has been his sidekick in smoky bars and street corners during the early days, Waxman performs across North America, infusing each concert with energy, sweet melodies and toe-tapping choruses. His touring highlights include: the North By North East music festival in Toronto; the Vancouver Jazz festival; SUNY University of Plattsburgh, New York; Kibbutz Magam in Tiberius, Israel; Oz’s music space in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Cumberland County College in Vineland, New Jersey.
In May 2004, Waxman released the well-received six-track EP Pomona Valley. The track “Nothing Left” climbed its way to the #1 spot on the CBC New Music Canada web site. His follow-up album satisfied his ardent fans — Flight 73 is a bold new recording of four tracks arranged by Waxman and already garnering much love. “Sun Song” has also peaked at #1 on the New Music Canada web site.
Always hungry to perfect his craft, Waxman will continue spreading his unique sound to music-lovers worldwide. This is no one-trick pony; Waxman has the musical talent and the desire to create work never heard elsewhere, a feat that should keep audiences interested for years to come.
“Adlai Waxman brings together intelligent lyrics and catchy melodies, delivered with a warm and inviting voice. He has the versatility to experiment musically, without ever losing sight of his acoustic roots.”
- Eugene Foley, Foley Entertainment, Inc.
“The songs on Waxman's current CD illustrate his penchant for haunting melody and unique lyrics. His voice is strong and his emotions ring through honestly in
his words and playing.”
-Joe Martin North Shore News Vancouver, BC
“It is very rare to come into contact with a musician with such versatility, and a true honest feel. I am anxiously awaiting the new CD.”
-Steve Gerander, Multiplax Entertainment Media Inc.
“Waxman has a unique and eccentric sound”
-The Peterborough Examiner
“Fantastic songwriter with a pop/ jazz/folk ambiance”
-The Arthur Trent university’s newspaper
“Adlai Waxman’s CD, “Pomona Valley” is an astonishing release that reveals itself slowly to the astute listener. The lyrics possess a brutal honesty without any put-downs, force or negatitivity, a feat which few singer/songwriters attempt for fear of sounding too idealistic.”
-Cd Baby reviewer Jason Finkelstein