Keyboardist/pianist Terry Adams' part-time solo career allows his jazz pianist alter ego to fully see the light of day. Naturally enough, the result is basically a jazzier (and primarily instrumental) version of his main band, the ever-eclectic and fun-loving NRBQ. Thelonious Monk may well be the main influence on Adams' style, given his liberal use of space and his fondness for playful, angular melodies. Fittingly, trombonist and dedicated Monk interpreter Roswell Rudd appears on Adams' debut CD Terrible (1995). Other compatriots include saxophonist Marshall Allen (a longtime Sun Ra Arkestra member, which points to another influence), drummer Bobby Previte, and the rest of the NRBQ lineup. From the loose swing of "Dog" and "Say When," to the touching yet not overly sentimental balladry of "Thinking of You," Adams covers all the bases, doing so with the good humor and apparent nonchalance that have long been this trademarks.