Secret Life 11:37
Emjé 12:58
Crepuscular 7:03
The Gadfly 10:45
Resonance 6:55
Outer Reaches 8:50
Magic Ladder 8:52
Bird of Paradise 8:36




Adam Cruz - drums
Chris Potter - tenor sax
Miguel Zenón - alto sax (1,2,5,8)
Steve Wilson - soprano sax (3,4,6,7)
Steve Cardenas - guitar
Edward Simon - piano & fender rhodes
Ben Street - bass


All compositions by Adam Cruz (Daiva Music/SESAC)
Produced by Adam Cruz
Sunnyside Records


Recorded by James Farber at Sear Sound September 15th & 16th 2010
Assistant engineer: David Schoenwetter
Mixing engineer: Pete Rende
Mastered by Gene Paul at G & J Audio
Assistant: Jamie Polaski
Cover Photo: Shelagh Murphy
Design: Chris Drukker



"Cruz has much more to celebrate than just a debut as a leader. With formidable power, sonic richness and utter grace going for it, Milestone is as deeply satisfying a set of contemporary jazz as I've heard this year".

-Ottawa Citizen


"Milestone is a rollicking and rewarding record that proves sometimes good things are worth the wait"

-LA Times


"Adam Cruz is a drummer's drummer and a melody's dream; someone who knows how to use the foundations of rhythm with which he has been charged to anchor and illuminate his compositions and collaborators, arranging as though anything less would be uncivilized"

-The Revivalist


"Adam Cruz is the classic drummer bandleader, in the tradition of Philly Joe Jones and Elvin Jones, who knows how to stoke the fire from the proverbial engine room,but he’s gone the extra mile on Milestone in crafting quite a solid compositional woodpile of original music." 

- DownBeat

"From a purely compositional standpoint Cruz is a beast; especially considering this is a debut album"

-Digital Jazz News


"Dynamite... This is music that is potent, high-octane and excitingly full of tension and release without ever once losing the coherence and the identity of each individual soloist. This is an integrated band."

-Buffalo News