"I just thought the world should hear it," Adams said. "They had their own sound, a very unique way of writing. They were brilliant songwriters. The whole thing was a miracle, I think. I've heard some people say it's the worst record ever made. They're just missing out. Maybe it's one of the best."

Adams has never had commercial instincts, but he doesn't need them. Into his fourth decade as a band leader and songwriter, he lets his unpredictable and unremitting creativity run where it will. For Adams, rock & roll shouldn't have a set list; it can be at its most serious when it's having the most fun.

Terry Adams Quartet: Pete Donnelly, Conrad Choucroun, Terry Adams and Scott Ligon.
Terry Adams Quartet: Pete Donnelly, Conrad Choucroun, Terry Adams and Scott Ligon.

Details

9 p.m. Sunday, November 30. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. 314-773-3363. Also performing at 3 p.m. at Euclid Records, 601 East Lockwood Avenue, Webster Groves. Free. 314-961-8978.

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"There can be a different kind of reverence," Adams says. "Music can be downright sacred when it's good, but how you get there can be in an irreverent way."

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