“Adam Hopkins is one of the few talents with the vision to make jazz directed at the current and future generations, not the past ones.” —S. Victor Aaron, Something Else!
Adam was included in the 2018 International Critics Poll as the #2 Newcomer Musician for the year.
“Over the past few years, there has been an increasing number of bassists emerging from the current Downtown Scene…you can add former Baltimore bassist Adam Hopkins to this list.” —Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery (full review)
“Evidently, Adam Hopkins learned a great deal about how to play the bass (and likely much more) from luminary Michael Formanek and how to effectively lead a group (and likely much more) from heavy-hitters Henry Threadgill and John Hollenbeck, both in whose groups he has served time. Crickets is Hopkins’ first release under his own name, and what a fine and feisty romp it is.” —In On The Corner (full review)
“…a sober rhythmic anchor.” —Free Jazz Collective
"Most surprisingly, this record (Beating The Teens - Ideal Bread) may well represent the breaking out party for bassist Adam Hopkins, who to this point seems not to have gotten much exposure outside of the Brooklyn scene. Hopkins anchors this quartet while displaying a versatility of styles, moods, and creative interactions with the other players." —Jazz Right Now
"Nothing short of virtuosic...first-class improvisation. A mix of time-tested Baltimore weirdness paired with wet-behind-the-ears energy." —Baltimore City Paper
On Crickets (OOYH 001):
Crickets was ranked #2 Best Debut Album in the 2018 NPR Jazz Critics Poll.
Best Debut Album of 2018 by El Intruso, Music and More, NYC Jazz Record, JazzdaGama, Jazz Trail, and Stalker 21.
One of the Top 20 Best Albums of 2018 by Jazz Right Now (full list)
“…compelling and unconventional jazz compositions juxtaposed with blowouts. This is a singular release and hopefully the first of many from Hopkins.” —Avant Music News (full review)
“There is something different going on here than the usual Downtown noise/improv.” —Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery (full review)
“There is one thing that might be expected though, and that is intensity. Not only because of the composition of the band but by the mere fact of mentioning Nirvana and Henry Threadgill in one sentence. And intensity is certainly one of the things Hopkins and his Crickets serve us on this debut.” —Beat Media (full review)
**** “The music dips and dives, cruising down a long highway, taking tight turns at break neck speed…a solid album, highly recommended, well worth your time.” —David Menestres, Free Jazz Collective (full review)
**** "Hopkins’ debut unpacks a thrill-a-minute suite rooted in grunge, indie, and punk.” —MOJO Magazine
“Hopkins employs adroit compositional strategies throughout the recording, aiming at an inviting hybridity, which he has all the reasons to be proud of. This is a wonderful start for him as a leader.” —Jazz Trail (full review)
“Creative and inspired by punk rock energy, there's a lot of cool things going on here well worth taking notice of. An accomplished debut…it's obvious great things lie ahead.” —Midwest Record (full review)
“Exploding with a diversity of musical ideas…music that lives from contrasts that are well aimed by Hopkins’ musical vision.” —Vital Weekly (full review)
“An enthusiastic and technically brilliant album.” —Squidco
“Mudball, the first single from the album, is a sombre and riveting composition, driven by its entrancing bassline and emblazed by a multi-layered melody highlighting the restlessness and the brashness of the saxophone trio at the forefront. The piece meticulously builds, bobbing and weaving on a path to destruction, only to be dismantled and disassembled into the organized chaos and cacophony of an extended and abstract improvisation led by the horn of Webber.” —Nextbop.com (full article)
On Party Pack ICE:
"Every so often an album comes along that is so strangely charming and forthright in its lack of convention that one cannot help but enjoy it." —Avant Music News
"With its peculiar sense of musicality, Party Pack Ice delivers a challenging but unmistakably fascinating album." —Can This Even Be Called Music?
"A mix of mayhem and cacophony dominate this album that is reminiscent of Naples’ Via Nazionale with a street full of honking horns." —Jazz Weekly