Born: June 17, 1965
Brooklyn Gale Blowin' High Tony Adamo was in the recording studio @Raw Recording, Patterson,NY. Mike Clark, Michael Wolff, Richie Goods, Tim Ouimette and Lenny White laid down some smokin' music tracks to a Mike Clark/Micheal Wolff composition. Adamo added the lyrics. The song is about the great trumpet player Eddie Gail. It is sure to be a Nu-jazz classic. It is entitled Brooklyn Gale Blowin' High. The production is by Mike Clark with the music arrangement by Tim Ouimette. Please dig this video on a new music concept that Eddie Gale is working on. Tony Adamo will be touring behind this music and CD will follow. A Pitts Gambino PR Joint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMp6u-C1tZw...
Brooklyn Gale Blowin' High Tony Adamo was in the recording studio @Raw Recording, Patterson,NY. Mike Clark, Michael Wolff, Richie Goods, Tim Ouimette and Lenny White laid down some smokin' music tracks to a Mike Clark/Micheal Wolff composition. Adamo added the lyrics. The song is about the great trumpet player Eddie Gail. It is sure to be a Nu-jazz classic. It is entitled Brooklyn Gale Blowin' High. The production is by Mike Clark with the music arrangement by Tim Ouimette. Please dig this video on a new music concept that Eddie Gale is working on. Tony Adamo will be touring behind this music and CD will follow. A Pitts Gambino PR Joint https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMp6u-C1tZw
What a blast it was in the recording studio @Raw Recording, Patterson,NY. With Mike Clark, Michael Wolff, Richie Goods and Tim Ouimette. Lenny White came in the next day to lay down some tracks to a Mike Clark , Micheal Wolff music composition that I wrote words for. Mike Clark is puttin' it all together as producer of my music. Tim Ouimette is doin' all the music Arranging. Giacomo Gates showed up to dig the recording scene as well. A mighty hip to the hip thanks to all of the great players. And especially to my good friend Mike Clark.I'm outta here. Tony Adamo
Brent Black/Bop-N-Jazz Tony Adamo is coming
The perfect improvisational vocal storm! Tony Adamo’s hip spoken vocals cut a lyrical path of cool that lays down a vocal path of devastation few contemporaries can match! Mike Clark is back along with Bill Summers from the Headhunters to produce a dynamic new sound rolling in over the horizon! July 16th thru the 18th, Adamo will be at Raw Recording Studio in upstate New York. Adamo and Clark will put the finishing touches on the NOLA recording date with the Headhunters. The legendary Mike Clark has put together a dream team of talent for Adamo’s recording session. Lenny White, Michael Wolff, Tim Ouimette and Richie Goods are enthusiastically behind a new music revolution!
Donald Harrison will record on Tony Adamo's Nu Cd with the Headhunters. Nu-music Written by Mike Clark,Bill Summers,Tim Ouimette and Michael Wolff/ http://musicians.allaboutjazz.com/index_new.php?url=donaldharrison&width=1024
The Headhunters are coming! The legendary ensemble that redefined funk are finishing work on a new release. Co-leaders Mike Clark & Bill Summers are back! Clark the iconic drummer and architect of the East Bay Funk sound along with esteemed world music guru Bill Summers are adding some new talent to the mix including Nu-jazz vocal visionary Tony Adamo! The natural evolution of the Head Hunters East Bay Funk Sound goes on a global groove of epic proportions.
Adamo’s beatnik cool with a Nu-jazz flair takes old school funk and spins it new cool contemporary to enlighten a new audience with a righteous groove and a beat you hear with your feet! Mike Clark’s description of Tony’s talent, “His deep blues, Oakland style funk and jazz roots are locked in at a deep emotional level!” All*About*Jazz remarked, “As a vocalist, Adamo’s exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections.”
Mike Clark and Bill Summers are writing music for Adamo’s upcoming release. Also enlisted as musical co-conspirators and writing for both the new release and live show are Tim Ouimette of Ray Charles and Ray Baretto fame and former musical director for the Arsenio Hall show, Michael Wolff! Having worked with talent from Tower of Power to Ernie Watts, Adamo is indeed the real deal. After the critically acclaimed Miles of Blu, Tony Adamo’s musical stock is an arrow pointing straight up!
Tony Adamo Featured on The Steve Edwards Radio Show 91.5 The Source » This Week On The Soul Show: Reggae Icons plus The Funky3 Featuring Steve Arrington, Tony Adamo & Trombone Shorty! Air Date:6/14/14 7-10am (pst) http://kunv.org/soul/
As I Dig It/ Tony Roc Adamo I'll never be played on Jazz Radio again. Oldie's But Goodies Jazz Radio or the Dead Playlist will never die. I comb the air waves for jazz playlist-lists like a trawler fisherman for the Dead Playlist. And dig it. Jazz radio can't let go of the past. I call the programming/ Oldie's But Goodies Jazz. I've always felt that jazz radio and alot of the Jazz press has boycotted my music for speaking out about not playing more nu-jazz artists,more young jazz artists. Random Act Records was at the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP NYC this past January. This is what was said and heard. Meanwhile, at APAP and Jazz Connect in NYC this past January, many people were talking about you and the album. Sadly, in a very negative manner. I don't know how or why, but many folks in the jazz mainstream press were truly put off by your approach. I'm not telling you this to admonish, etc, but to inform you. Honestly, I was a bit shocked, just as many of them were surprised to realize that the album is on our label. I defended you and your music, but it was too late at that point. I'm afraid that well was already poisoned. Random Act Records. 'Nuff said! Tony Adamo3/20/14 Tony Adamo's Cold Duck Time climbs to #6 on Top 25 Allaboutjazz 10 day chart and @#22 on Allaboutjazz Top MP3 Downloads in the last and 30 days.
New words by Tony Adamo with permission from the Eddie Harris estate. 6.)Cold Duck Time (4:00) Tony Adamo From: What is Hip? (Urbanzone Records) Featured: 2014-03-18
3/7/14 Tony Adamo, vocal hip-spoken word artist on Random Act Records was at Sierra Sonic Recording Studio (Reno,NV) today recording lead-in radio spots for the Steve Edwards Soul Show, KUNV Radio Las Vegas, NV and laying down music tracks for his up coming work with the Headhunters. Mike Clark and Bill Summers, of the Headhunters are producing Adamo's music and show. Adamo will be in New Orleans working with the Headhunters in the next few months. A mighty thanks goes out to Douglas Patrick Vaughn who was the engineer on this recording session. A Pitts Gambino PR joint New York City/ http://sierrasonics.com/ Tony Adamo Vocal/Hipspoken Word Artist to record with The Headhunters
Mike Clark Says This “Tony Adamo is one of the more interesting artists that I have worked with in years. His deep blues, Oakland style funk and jazz roots are locked in at a deep emotional level. In the tradition of Kerouac, Mark Murphy and Gil Scot, Tony is today's spoken word artist. He addresses the issues he feels strong about unapologetically with his own twist on the past, present and the future. Tony's funky street smart sensibilities and great sense of humor takes us on an adventure that we cant wait to go on. I played and produced this CD and it was a joy to be a part of it. “Renowned Drummer MIKE CLARK is a percussion innovator: His work with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters revolutionized funk drumming. As a Jazz warrior, Mike has appeared with players such as Vince Guaraldi, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Donald Harrison, Randy Brecker and more. His peerless beats are among the most-sampled in the hip/hop world.” – Random Act Records
ALLABOUTJAZZ As vocalist, Adamo's exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy (Ticking Clock), has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and content (Sun-Ra Rockets to Mars). There's no hand or lip jive; the hipspokenwords are performed as dit-dot tight as the horns and infectious rhythms behind him (Ain't That a Groove). He channels the Beat poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron.Nicholas F. Mondello on Miles of Blu for Allaboutjazz A Pitts Gambino PR Joint /New York City.NY
More Information: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=45143&width=1024
Tony Adamo Rough Reality in Radio Spins Tony Adamo's MILES OF BLU (MOB) CD hit the Jazz Week reporting charts June 10th 2013 @# 447 with one station adding MOB with 4 spins. July 1st eight radio stations added MILES OF BLU with 23 spins for the week. MOB was @# 245. As of December 23, 2013. And after six months of jazz stations reporting airplay on Tony Adamo's MILES OF BLU, Adamo was @# 461 with 3 spins with two radio stations reporting. At the height of radio airplay on MILES OF BLU a total of sixty-five radio stations reporting and non-reporting were spinin' MOB. This number does not include Internet radio, Canadian radio, Europe jazz stations, and spoken word radio stations. Adamo did not hire radio promotion for MOB. He made the calls to radio and did the send outs himself saving three to five thousand dollars in radio promo fees. Radio promotion for indie jazz, nu-jazz, acid Jazz, vocal jazz,and instrumental jazz is just plain pay for play with no guarantee of airplay. That is the rough reality of it. Tony Adamo is working with the Headhunters in 2014. The Headhunters with Bill Summers and Mike Clark, are an American jazz-funk fusion band best known for the albums they recorded as a backing band of jazz keyboard player Herbie Hancock during the 1970s. Hancock's debut album with the group, Headhunters is one of the best-selling jazz/fusion records of all time. http://www.jazzweek.com/releases/2013/06/tony-adamo-miles-of-blu-random-act/ A Pitts Gambino PR Joint/New York City,NY
Tony Adamo is a talented, eclectic artist whose renditions of my songs are a creative breath of fresh air. It was a pleasure playing on them and is a pleasure listening to them. Strokeland is proud to represent him on our website. So grab an espresso and listen to the bongo beat! Stephen 'Doc' Kupka
Stephen 'Doc' Kupka and members of Tower of Power Horns. Have recorded on Tony Adamo's CD's. Straight up Deal, What is Hip?, Miles of Blu. Adamo's music can be found on Strokeland Records.http://www.strokeland.com/StrokelandJazz/TonyAdamo/MilesOfBlu/MilesOfBlu.htmhttp:// http://www.strokeland.com/StrokelandJazz/TonyAdamo/WhatIsHip/WhatIsHip.htmhttp:// A Pitts Gambino PR Joint New York City
Tony Roc Adamo is someone who was a surprising addition to our playlists, never having heard of him before, what a pleasant surprise he and his music turned out to be. We will continue to hear from this interesting and versatile musician in the future. Here we listen to Jack Kerouac, Jack! and Don't Change Horses from his album Miles of Blu. Do enjoy. http://alljazzradio.co.za/
Tony Adamo Vocal/Hip-Spoken' Word Artist. Will be co-produced by Mike Clark & Bill Summers of Herbie Hancock & The Headhunters. A highly accomplished musician, percussionist, and ethnomusicologist, Bill Summers has performed and recorded with Joe Zawinul, Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, and George Benson, in addition to his various solo projects. He maintains a deep commitment to world music through his personal study with ethnic masters, as demonstrated through his deft ability on a variety of instruments. Summers’ awareness of African heritage is evident in his work with Quincy Jones on the musical score for Roots and the soundtrack for The Color Purple. He formed the fantastic Latin/jazz hybrid Los Hombres Calientes in 1998, co-founded with trumpet prodigy Irvin Mayfield in New Orleans. Los Hombres have recorded three albums, toured the world, and have been nominated for a Grammy. Mike Clark, a seasoned and versatile musician, began playing in Oakland, CA where he was instrumental in creating the “East Bay Funk” sound. His groundbreaking work on the Headhunters Thrust album drew attention to his singular style, elevating him to international cult status. Clark has performed and recorded with a diverse range of artists including Wayne Shorter, Charlie Hunter, Chet Baker, Gil Evans, Joe Henderson, Tony Bennett, and Mose Allison. In 2000, Clark formed his own super-group Prescription Renewal, releasing the highly acclaimed Actual Proof. He launched a successful tour in 2002 selling out venues in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, and New Orleans. The touring lineup included young lions such as Charlie Hunter, Karl Denson, and DJ Logic.
Tony Adamo on Visions With Voices A mighty thanks goes out to Visions With Voices. Tony Adamo
Hear Tony Adamo's tribute to Jimmy Smith and some of the all time jazz/funk greats who played the Hammond B3. As read by Visions With Voices spoken word collective A Pitts Gambino PR Joint http://visionswithvoices.com/funkin/index.html#funkintext http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownload.php?id=8764
Tony Adamo On The Final Best of 2013 List for www.criticaljazz.com! (Published: December 13, 2013)
1. Marc Carey - For The Love Of Abbey (2)
2. Hristo Vitchev - Rhodopa (3)
3. Tony Adamo - Miles Of Blu
4. Perry Beekman - So In Love
5. On Impulse - Ten Minutes In Paris
6. The SoHo Rentals
7. Antonio Sanchez - New Life
8. Antonio Adolfo - Finus Mixtures
9. Utopian Dreams Band - From Dreams To You
10. Rotem Sivan - Enchanted Sun
11. Noah Haidu - Momentum
12. Nilson Matta - Black Orpheus
13. Francesco Cataldo - Spaces
14. Adam Rongo - Tell Your Story
15. Tim Berne's Snakeoil - Shadowman
16. Ivo Perelman - The Gift (5)
17. Steve Cole - Pulse
18. Ana Mai - Blossom
19. Roberto Vally - Boom Boom Boom
20. Al Di Meola - All Your Life
21. Kyle Eastwood - The View From Here
22. Chuck Loeb - Silhouette
23. Bill McBirnie Trio - Find Your Place
24. Tom Dempsey - Saucy
25. Gregg Kalor - A Single Noon
26. Bart Brandjes - Real Life
27. Nicolas Bearde - Visions 28. Tom Harrell - Colors Of A Dream 29. Shlomi Cohen - Breather 30. Michel Camillo - What's Up'
More Information: http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/12/the-final-best-of-2013-list-for.html
JAZZ NEWS/A Pitts Gambino PR Gig/New York ,NY
Tony Adamo Press Quotes
Sort of a deconstructed Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool amped up to the new millennium. Tony Adamo is much in the same way as Miles, a visionary.
— Brent Black @CriticalJazz
Another Vocal jazzy spoken-hop tour through the musical past. Tony Adamo, who seems to have become the undisputed heavyweight historian and champion of all things jazzy and funky.
—Devon Jackson, Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice to Rolling Stone and Details
Tony Adamo is one of the more interesting artists that I have worked with in years. His deep blues, Oakland style funk and jazz roots are locked in at a deep emotional level. In the tradition of Kerouac, Mark Murphy and Gil Scot, Tony is today's spoken word artist.
— Legendary Drummer Mike Clark
With Miles of Blu Tony Adamo has created a new genre: Vocal/HipSpokenWord. His powerful, relevant inventions float over groove concocted by master drummer and producer Mike Clark.
— THE JAZZ CHILL CORNER
Tony has essentially created a new genre: HipSpokenWord. His inventions are certainly hip and relevant; they are mostly spoken, though occasionally sung; and the words are extremely powerful and relevant. With the assistance of Producer Mike Clark, one of the most renowned Jazz/Funk drummers to ever wield sticks, Tony has concocted a topical masterpiece in Miles of Blu.
— Random Act Records
As vocalist, Adamo's exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy (Ticking Clock), has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and content (Sun-Ra Rockets to Mars). There's no hand or lip jive; the hipspokenwords are performed as dit-dot tight as the horns and infectious rhythms behind him (Ain't That a Groove). He channels the Beat poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron.
— Nicholas Mondello, Allaboutjazz
Let Me Tell You 'Bout It Tony Adamo the vocal/hipspoken word recording artist on Random Act Records would like to thank the Nu-Jazz, Urban-Jazz, Acid-Jazz, Spokenword Jazz hipsters crowd, along with all the progressive, aggressive, and pro active jazz radio stations that helped push Tony Adamo into the Allaboutjazz Top most popular Jazz Artist List. Adamo has passed Tom Harrell, Gerry Mulligan, Cole Porter, Barney Kessel, Carlos Santana, Kenny Dorham and Grover Washington,Jr. A Pitts Gambino PR GIG New York City, NY
For your Grammy consideration/ Tony Adamo's Miles of Blu Category: Spoken Word
Record Label: Random Act Records
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Review Published at All About Jazz.com 8/19/13/Nicholas F. Mondello
As vocalist, Adamo's exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy (Ticking Clock), has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and content (Sun-Ra Rockets to Mars). There's no hand or lip jive; the hipspokenwords are performed as dit-dot tight as the horns and infectious rhythms behind him (Ain't That a Groove). He channels the Beat poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron. Adamo is way too sophisticated and on social point to be placed on the same street corner as rap. His lines, inflected with the verbiage of the then-and-now hip, evoke and show an abundance of thought (America R We Free?).
With an unparalleled 15 (fifteen) Grammy Awards for engineering. Al Schmitt comments on Tony Adamo's Cd, Miles of Blu Hi Tony, just got done listening to your exciting album. Jazz mixed with Hip Hop and Rap. Totally blew me away. Great arrangements, horn charts outstanding, I love the fact that the lyrics are original and your performance pretty original also. Good job. Love the C D. Al
11.Tony Adamo Funkin' At The Chickin' Shack @# 11 in Top 25 (3:29) Tony Adamo From: Miles of Blu (Random Act Records) Featured: 2013-06-21 | 1,368 views http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloads_day.php?day=60
Tony Adamo vocal/hipspoken Word Poet
Random Act Records says/ Tony Adamo's incredible opus MILES OF BLU! This music deserves to be heard — Tony is a poet, who tells the Truth and nothing But! Available at Amazon, iTunes, and at www.randomactrecords.com Tony Adamo Vocal/Hipspoken Word Artist on Random Act Records goes to #12 on Top 25 Jazz/Funk Charts http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloads_day.php?day=60
Tony Adamo JazzWeek Joe Locke is #1 this week on the Jazz Week national Jazz Charts. He is only #5 on the Allaboutjazz Charts. Tony Adamo has not charted on the Jazz Week national Charts and is #7 on the Allaboutjazz top 25 Jazz Charts. Radio please get hip to Adamo's new CD, Miles of Blu on Random Act Records. http://randomactrecords.com/ A Jon Gambino PR Hit/ New York City, NY
5.Broken Toy (06:03) Joe Locke From: Lay Down Your Heart - Blues & Ballads Vol 1 (Motema Music) Featured: 2013-06-17 | 1,204 views | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions 6. Meet Me When the Stars Come Out (7:03) Steve Lindeman From: The Day After Yesterday (Jazz Hang Records) Featured: 2013-06-11 | 1,027 views | 0 Comments and 0 Reactions
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Tony Adamo/Miles of Blu on Best List
The Best Of 2013 - Thus Far!
Critics are narcissists by nature. Year end polls are a chance to inflict their own personal taste on what may or may not be the best for the year. At the half way point I decided to take the burden off my shoulders with the primary focus on reader input. Don't like the list? Don't blame me...So in NO particular order the best of 2013 thus far... Brian Andres and the Afro Cuban Jazz Cartel http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/06/brian-andres-and-afro-cuban-jazz-cartel.html Antonio Adolfo - Finus Mixtures http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/03/antonio-adolfo-finus-mixtures-finas.html Antonio Sanchez - New Life http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/01/antonio-sanchez-new-life-cam-2013.html Lyn Stanley - Lost In Romance http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/06/lyn-stanley-lost-in-romance-2013.html Jeffrey Gimble - Beyond Up High http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/03/jeffrey-gimble-beyond-up-high-cafe.html Pedrick Bitts & Walker - Three http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/06/pedrick-bitts-walker-three-2013.html Utopian Dreams Band - From Dreams To You http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/06/utopian-dreams-from-dreams-to-you-2013.html On Impulse - Ten Minutes In Paris http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/06/on-impulse-ten-minutes-in-paris-2013.html Michael Gallant Trio - Completely http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/01/michael-gallant-trio-completely-gallant.html Tony Adamo Miles of Blu http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/05/tony-adamo-miles-of-blu-random-act-2013.html Berserk! http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/05/berserk-rare-noise-2013.html YellowJackets - Rise In The Road http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/05/yellowjackets-rise-in-road-mack-avenue.html Dave Koz and Friends - Summer Hornshttp://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/05/dave-koz-and-friends-summer-horns.html Perry Beekman - So In Love http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/04/perry-beekman-so-in-lovesings-and-plays.html Marc Cary For The Love Of Abbey http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/04/marc-cary-for-love-of-abbey-motema-2013.html The SoHo Rentals http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/05/the-soho-rentals-tsr33.html Steve Lindeman - The Day After Yesterday http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/05/steve-lindeman-with-byu-synthesis-day.html Noah Haidu - Momentum http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/04/noah-haidu-momentum-posi-tone-2013.html Nilson Matta - Black Orpheus http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/02/nilson-mattas-black-orpheus-motema-2013.html Francesco Cataldo - Spaces http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/02/vito-cataldo-spaces-alfa-music-2013.html
This is the cream of the crop as picked by the readers and with a couple of personal faves
As I Dig It/Tony Adamo Giacomo Gates — Miles Tones: Sings The Music Of Miles Davis. He was @#1 on the jazzweekly jazz charts from April 22,2013 to May 13,2013, yet he only received 2 stars out of 5 from the Downbeat reviewer John Ephland.
This brings up a point I made while being interviewed by Brent Black's @CriticalJazz. Some of the critics of my music in the past I feel have used generic templates in writing reviews. I came across this way of reviewing while digging music reviews in music publications. I see too many opinion reviews based upon a critics personal music tastes and not complying with the music genre they are reviewing. I dig this is the case in the Giacomo Gates review. It looks like a knock off review. Lets get it done kinda thing. Don’t get me wrong people, there are as many great music critics as are there bad ones. In this case, giving Giacomo Gates and the music Of Miles Davis 2 stars is not in keeping with the star quality of Mr. Gates.
I don't have to get up tight about not getting a music review in DB. I'm a unknown jazz artist and don't have the bread to pay for a ad in DB to be considered for a review and I'm only @#20 on the Top 25 jazzCharts @http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloads_day.php?day=30
Tony Adamo / The Hipsters Hip Reviews
Giacomo Amari/ Another PR gig, NY NY
Website: http://randomactrecords.com/random-act-artist-tony-adamo/ Bill Harris Says this about “Miles of Blu” “First of all let me say how much I love the CD and I'm very proud to have been a part of it! It is one of the coolest and hippest projects I've ever been involved with. Such great, fresh takes on the TOP tunes. My brother played with them for a bit and all us horn players grew up listening to their stuff but I really enjoy where you went with them. I listen to the tracks all the time. You can be sure I'm gonna be telling all my friends to get Miles of Blu! Good luck!” I was really knocked out by Bill Harris’ cd and his playing on it...it’s a very welcome fresh approach to a saxophone record, and I hope a lot of people get to hear it—they will not be disappointed.” Dave Koz - grammy nominated saxophonist and syndicated radio show host
Mike Clark Says This “Tony Adamo is one of the more interesting artists that I have worked with in years. His deep blues, Oakland style funk and jazz roots are locked in at a deep emotional level. In the tradition of Kerouac, Mark Murphy and Gil Scot, Tony is today's spoken word artist. He addresses the issues he feels strong about unapologetically with his own twist on the past, present and the future. Tony's funky street smart sensibilities and great sense of humor takes us on an adventure that we cant wait to go on. I played and produced this CD and it was a joy to be a part of it
To.” “Renowned Drummer MIKE CLARK is a percussion innovator: His work with Herbie Hancock and The Headhunters revolutionized funk drumming. As a Jazz warrior, Mike has appeared with players such as Vince Guaraldi, Chet Baker, Joe Henderson, Donald Harrison, Randy Brecker and more. His peerless beats are among the most-sampled in the hip/hop world.” – Random Act Records
Tim Ouimette Digs ‘Miles of Blu” “We musicians that have all played a million gigs, recorded hundreds of times and let it all seep in over the years forming our persona, musically aged far beyond our time mostly from the tedium of mediocrity —-gigs that keep the landlord off of our tail—- are genuinely in search of being involved with something new, fresh, hip and beyond category. When Mike Clark asked me to be involved with Tony Adamo's new project, I gave a listen to his previous CDs and some current tracks in the works and was convinced that we were onto just such a Hip-Holy-Grail. Tony's perspective informs these cuts with elements of the beat poets, Lenny Bruce, jazz from the '60's, East Bay Funk and the complete list of everything I ever dug. He paints aural portraits that compliment the music and vice versa. Giacomo Amari/ Another PR gig, NY NY
Mike Clark, the perfect choice for producer/drummer and all round groove guru. guided the entire process and makes sure we do not stray from the earthy, bluesy feel that grounds it all. In short, if I didn't work on this, I'd be jealous of the guy that did. Tim Ouimette,” New York City Playing Credits: Iggy Pop,Lenny White,Mike Clark,Ben E. King,Ray Barretto, Chico O’farrill, Ray Charles/Trumpet,Trombone, Arranger, Engineer.
Brent Black @CriticalJazz Sort of a deconstructed Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool amped up to the new millennium. Adamo is much in the same way as Miles, a visionary. http://www.mi2n.com/press.php3?press_nb=165181
Tony Adamo Reviewed By Scott Yanow Website: http://randomactrecords.com/ TONY ADAMO Miles Of Blu Random Act Records
Tony Adamo in his musical career has always expressed his love for funk, funky jazz, Tower Of Power and the Headhunters. While he has been a soulful r&bish singer who at times has recalled Dr. John, Ray Charles and Mose Allison, Miles Of Blu is something different. In addition to his singing, much of the time he is talking in what he calls hipspokenword.
Adamo's fast talking is not really rapping since he tells stories rather than endlessly indulging in rhymes. Among the 14 pieces on Miles Of Blu are selections that pay tribute to James Brown (JB), discovering jazz in a nightclub (Miles Of Blu), soul jazz and Jimmy Smith (Funkin' At The Chicken Shack), Jack Kerouac's love of jazz (Jack Kerouac, Jack!) and Sun Ra (Sun Ra Rockets To Mars). There is also a look at today's political situation (America R We Free), good times (BBQ) and his philosophy of life (Ticking Clock) plus a few transformation of Tower Of Power songs (most notably Soul Vaccination and What Is Hip?.) He is touching in his biographical references to Mike Clark on (The Other Side Of Time.)
Tony Adamo's voice is joined by a funky backup group that features some solos from Tim Ouimette (on trumpet and trombone), organist Delbert Bump, guitarists Steve Homan, Danny Draher and Tom Guarna, tenor-saxophonist Rob Dixon, and lpianist Michael Wolff. The rhythm section is propelled by legendary drummer Mike Clark who is also the CD's producer.
Miles Of Blu casts Tony Adamo in a role similar to Gil-Scott Heron or Oscar Brown Jr. (who he sounds a bit like on Don't Change Horses), a commentator on today's music scene and the world in general. It makes for a thought-provoking and always funky ride.
Scott Yanow, author of 11 books on jazz including The Great Jazz Guitarists
ESB RADIO/6/1/13 Top 3 #lastfm Artists: Lee Ritenour (12), Tony Adamo (12) & Larry Carlton (11) #ESBJazzRadio http://t.co/64JToRVT3l Tweekly.fm twky.in Tweekly.fm posts your most played artists from last.fm to Twitter or Facebook once per week.JJA Jazz Awards/2013 Nominee JazzAfterHours Plays Tony Adamo's Miles of Blu
Tony Adamo/Miles of Blu on Jazz After Hours
3:00:39 - Dave Young Terry Promane Octet - East of Pho Hung - Octet Vol.1 - Modica Music 2:07:12 - Monty Alexander - Got To Go - Uplift 2 Higher - Jazz Legacy 2:16:51 - Tim Warfield - Blues for Mr.Bill - Eye of the Beholder - Criss Cross 2:25:42 - Tony Adamo - Miles of Blu - Miles of Blu - Random Act 2:29:38 - Miles Davis - Miles - Cookin' at The Plugged Nickel - Columbia 2:43:25 - Nancy King/Fred Hersch - Four - Live at Jazz Standard - MaxJazz 2:54:13 - Eldar Djangirov - Morning Bell - Breakthrough - Motema 3:59:20 - Kirk Lightsey - You and the Night and the Music - From Kirk to Nat - Criss Cross
Tony Adamo Reviewed by @CriticalJazz/Miles of Blu/MOB
Sort of a deconstructed Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool amped up to the new millennium. Adamo is much in the same way as Miles, a visionary.
As the business and cultural landscape of improvisational music has evolved over the last year or two I am starting to notice a slight trend toward the inclusion of poetry and spoken word passages on some recordings and with incredibly mixed results. Tony Adamo is releasing a spoken word recording or beatnik jazz that is way outside my personal wheelhouse but when you toss in drummer Mike Clark, pianist Michael Wolf and horn ace Stephen Doc Kupka you end up with the next generation of hip. Sort of a deconstructed Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool amped up to the new millennium. Adamo is much in the same way as Miles, a visionary.
Tony's unique vision has opened up yet another sub genre on the jazz family tree being commonly referred to as HipSpokenWord. Personally I like Beatnik Jazz better but to each his own. Jazz / funk drummer Mike Clark is the producer and lends his prolific talents to help elevate Adamo's game to the next level. When you have the former musical director for Arsenio Hall in Michael Wolf and Tower of Power veteran Doc Kupka then you know people are indeed buying what you are selling. Adamo's words are powerful, topical and guaranteed to make you think while expanding your musical horizons into a well defined poetry for the culture today.
JB kicks off and pays tribute to the hardest working man in show business while America R We Free? is a more personal statement involving the p.o.v of America being built on the blood sweat and tears of the middle class. While not necessarily agreeing with Adamo's politics, I would be the first to applaud his fearlessness in putting himself out there. A former editor would often caution me on gratuitous self references but whether you are a writer or a vocal artist, a shared perspective is just that and what the audience chooses to do or make of it is strictly up to them. Sun-Ra Rockets To Mars has a more ambient vibe and spatial integrity reinforced by the relentless groove of producer Clark.
With the exception of only a handful of traditional rap artists, most creative vocalists are lacking the substance and stamina to put an entire recording on their backs in an effort to either spread their message, music or both. Tony Adamo makes it look effortless and with a virtual all star line up he gains the freedom to let his imagination soar. Sometimes stepping outside your musical comfort zone is a good thing and Tony Adamo makes it an enlightening experience!
4 Stars for creativity and ingenuity alone!
Tracks: JB; Miles Of Blu; Funkin' At The Chickn Shack; America R We Free?; BBQ; The Power Of Funky Madness; Soul Vacation; Don't Change Horses; Ain't That A Groove?; Jack Kerouac, Jack!; Sun-Ra Rockets To Mars; What Is Hip? The Other Side Of Time; Ticking Clock.
Personnel: Tony Adamo: vocals, hipspokenword; Mike Clark: drums; Tim Ouimette: trumpet / trombone; Bill Harris: bari / alto / tenor sax; Richie Goods: bass; Delbert Bump: organ; Steve Homan: guitar; Gary Mielke: bass / keyboards; Rob Dixon: tenor / alto sax; Derrick Gardner: trumpet; Stephen Doc Kupka: bari sax; Brett Palm: bass; Bill Summers: percussion; Kati Mac: background vocals; Tom Guarna: guitar; Michael Wolf: piano.
5/8/2013 – NEW TONY ADAMO CD PRODUCED BY MIKE CLARK
“Chock full of funky grooves, TONY ADAMO’s new release MILES OF BLU features Tony taking his trademark style, “HipSpokenWord”, to a new level of hipness.”
Produced by legendary drummer MIKE CLARK (Headhunters) and featuring world-class musicians, this CD lays the grooves deep and wide. Check it out today!!! Random Act Record Artist Tony Adamo’s CD, MILES OF BLU has a street date of May 21, 2013. Due to the high demand for his new CD, MILES OF BLU is being sold early on Doc Kupka’s Strokeland Records site. Doc is one of the founding members of Tower of Power. All major outlets for CD sales will be carrying MILES OF BLUE after May 21st. Steve Finch/Strokeland Records http://strokeland.com/StrokelandJazz/TonyAdamo/MilesOfBlu/MilesOfBlu.htm http://www.randomactrecords.com/JazzCorner News/http://www.jazzcorner.com/news/display.php?news=3612
Tony Adamo Vocal/Hipspoken'Word Artist Discovered by Legendary Drummer Mike Clark
In the summer of 2011 legendary drummer, Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters) recorded with Tony Adamo on a new cover of Tower of Power's Soul Vaccination. It was at this session a music alliance was formed between the two and Clark became the music producer for Adamo's new CD, MILES OF BLU. Clark had played on Adamo's previous CDs. To complete the mix, Clark brought on board Tim Ouimette, the very talented and highly respected musician, trumpet player, big band leader and music arranger. Ouimette worked with Ray Charles for many years. As music industry insiders who have listened to some of the new cuts off MILES OF BLU have commented, this trio has come up with a fresh new sound in vocal/hip-spoken word laced with a funk musical attitude. Tim Ouimette said, This project is so original and bluesy groovin' and is sending all the right messages. I am just really happy to be involved. Late in 2012, Scott Elias, owner or Random Act Records heard Adamo's new music and signed him as a Random Act Artist. MILES OF BLU will be released by Random Act Record on May/20/ 2013.
Artist's that have recorded on Tony Adamo's music:
Tower of Power Horns: Stephen Doc Kupka, Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Tom Politzer The Headhunters: Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, Blackbyrd McKnight, Rob Dixon, Gary Mielke, Bill Summers, Richie Goods, Jazz Greats: Eddie Henderson, Ernie Watts, Steve Gadd, James Gadson, Kenneth Nash, Neil Larsen, Freddie Washington, Delbert Bump, Derrick Gardner, Tim Ouimette, Bill Harris, Michael Wolff
TONY ADAMO JEFF BERLIN MICHAEL WOLFF MIKE CLARK/RANDOM ACT RECORDS
COMING SOON: MILES OF BLU from HipSpokenWord artist Tony Adamo. Tony has basically invented his own, original genre. This hipster speaks, raps, and sings his compelling stories, with able assistance from Producer Mike Clark and cohorts like Michael Wolff, Delbert Bump, Tim Ouimette, Richie Goods, Bill Summers and even Tower of Power's own physician of the funk, Stephen Doc Kupka. This release will turn heads and blow minds: Tales of travails and triumphs, told in the hippest of ways!
Legendary Electric Bassist JEFF BERLIN makes his RAR debut with an incredible nod to master Jazz composers. LOW STANDARDS includes tunes penned by Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Benny Golson, Steve Swallow, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny. One of the world's greatest virtuoso musicians, Jeff is joined by Acoustic Bassist//Pianist Richard Drexler and Drummer Mike Clark. With Drexler doubling on piano on most tracks, the Trio presents a sonic foursome. This may be Berlin's penultimate Jazz outing — Never has a bassist performed at such a high standard — Only on LOW STANDARDS...! When two of the best musicians on the planet decide to combine their estimable talents to create a band without boundaries, the result is: WOLFF & CLARK EXPEDITION. Pianist Michael Wolff and Drummer Mike Clark, together with creative Bassist Chip Jackson, present a burning set of tunes ranging from The Beatles to Joe Zawinul. This is a nouveau piano trio: They take listeners to new, unexplored sonic realms. This self-titled debut is the first in a series of planned albums from Wolff and Clark. Join the EXPEDITION, and let the odyssey begin...! Random Act Records is a unique new record label devoted to creating art while making a difference. Not only does Random Act Records record swinging jazz artists, jazz bands, and their smoking sounds, but 10% from all our Jazz CDs goes to benefit charity. FRANK BLACK- A DOUBLE LEFT HOOK PR GIG/NYC
Vocal/Hipspoken' Word Artist Tony Adamo is on Scott Elias Random Act Records
Trendsetters in Entertainment: July 2010 Scott Elias
Pittsburgh area native Scott Elias played keyboards in clubs five and six nights a week in high school. But in his mid-20s, he moved into film. His long credits include location manager on The Rainmaker, Nell and My Cousin Vinny and co-producer or associate producer on Hugh Grant’s Music and Lyrics and Sandra Bullock’s Miss Congeniality 2 and Two Weeks Notice. “The film side took over from the music side.”
In Orlando since 1998 — his wife, Anna, is from Ormond Beach — he relies on film work for his main source of income, but music is making a comeback. Last year, he and Anna founded Random Act Records to bring jazz musicians such as UCF professor Jeff Rupert to a wider audience. The label name derives from “random acts of kindness” — a 10% “artistic tithe” goes to non-profits. Label artists have made top 10 and top 50 jazz charts.
Anna, 45, actor Don Johnson’s assistant on “Miami Vice” before becoming an award-winning short-film maker, created film company Random Acts Entertainment with Scott, 52, in 2008. They hope to shoot Bones of the Master, based on author George Crane’s account of his unlikely journey with a Buddhist monk returning to China. “Now I’m the guy who goes to investors and says, ‘I need $40 million for this.’”
Tony Adamo's What is Hip' @#22 in Top 25 for Top MP3 downloads for the week ending March 29/ What is Hip Song Lineup
What Is Hip? (S Kupka, E Castillo, D Garibaldi - Bob-A-Lew Songs ASCAP)
Vocal/Hipspokenword - Tony Adamo Drums - Mike Clark Bass - Richie Goods Piano - Neil Larsen Guitar - Jerry Stucker Percussion - Bill Summers Bari Sax - Stephen Doc Kupka Trumpet - Eddie Henderson Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith Midi Programming - Jerry Stucker Full song of Tony Adamo's What is Hip?
The recording of the song “What is Hip” on Adamo's new CD came from a suggestion made by the legendary horn player and Tower of Power co-founder, STEPHEN 'DOC' KUPKA. During a recording session with Adamo Doc suggested several TOP songs that Adamo might want to cover. http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/mp3/top/2013-03-29/ Top MP3 downloads - Las Vegas Weekly
Tony Adamo's Music Producer Mike Clark @#15 on Jazzweek Chart Wolff & Clark — Expedition/ Hold strong @#15. http://www.jazzweek.com/releases/2013/02/wolff-clark-expedition-random-act-records/
Michael Wolff- Mike Clark/ Chart break down on Jazz week. Mike Clark produces Random Act Records Vocal/Hipspoken' Word Artist Tony Adamo. Adamo's Miles of Blu out May 15/13 JazzWeek CD Releases http://randomactrecords.com/
Legendary Drummer Mike Clark Grooves With Hammond B3 OrganistCT Thompson & Tony Adamo
Website: http://www.mikeclarkmusic.com/home.html Legendary drummer Mike Clark is cooken' up a musical storm these days. The Wolff & Clark Expedition on Random Act Records is @#15 on the Jazzweek jazz charts. Clark is the music producer and drummer on Tony Adamo's MILES OF BLU CD. Adamo is a new vocal/hipspoken word artist on Random Act Records. Adamo's CD is set to hit the streets on May 15, 2013.
Mike Clark shares the drumming duties with Brian Collier and Ron E. Beck on Chester CT Thompson's MIXOLOGY CD on Doodlin' Records. Hammond B3 organistCT Thompson is of Carlos Santana and Tower of Power fame. The March issue of Down Beat Magazine gives MIXOLOGY four out of five stars. Mike Clark is on the road this month with the Wolff & Clark Expedition.
Another Double Left Hook PR Gig, New York City NY
WOLFF & CLARK EXPEDITION Michael Wolff, Piano Mike Clark, Drums/Are @# 10 on the Jazz Charts. WOLFF & CLARK EXPEDITION are on Random Act Records/ Mike Clark is the music producer on Tony Adamo's Miles of Blu CD on Random Act Records/Michael Wolff plays on Miles of Blu. Can you dig it? http://www.jazzweek.com/charts/TONY ADAMO “Miles of Blu” /Random Act Records PR Release
TONY ADAMO “Miles of Blu” Random Act Records Others, like Gil Scott-Heron, Mark Murphy and legions of rappers, have recognized the power of the almighty Word. Some have been hip, some sung, some said, but none have the musical import and impact of Tony Adamo’s artistry.
Tony has essentially created a new genre: “HipSpokenWord.” His inventions are certainly hip and relevant; they are mostly spoken, though occasionally sung; and the words are extremely powerful and relevant. With the assistance of Producer Mike Clark, one of the most renowned Jazz/Funk drummers to ever wield sticks, Tony has concocted a topical masterpiece in “Miles of Blu.”
Featuring Drummer/Producer Clark on all tracks, this sizzling album includes several other gifted musicians, including Bassist Richie Goods, Trumpeters Tim Ouimette and Derrick Garner, Percussionist Bill Summers, Organist Delbert Bump, Pianist Michael Wolff, and even Tower of Power’s physician of funk, Stephen “Doc” Kupka.
Tony’s hipster persona belies his intriguing background. Born in San Francisco, he has performed a myriad of tasks in the entertainment industry: He has been an actor, a DJ, a voiceover artist, a rock singer and a Hollywood agent. His stint as an explosives handler at Naval and Marine bases, including a voluntary deployment to the Middle East during the first Gulf War, provided creative fodder for many of his compositions. After connecting with members of the venerated funk machine Tower of Power, Tony developed his unique contribution to culture, the hip-spoken-word style that is all his own.
His methods have been featured previously on his own albums, including “When Love Comes Over You,” “Dance of Love,” “Straight-Up Deal,” and “What Is Hip?” While all have been a groove, with players like the TOP Horns, The Headhunters and Jazz greats Eddie Henderson, Steve Gadd, Ernie Watts and Neil Larsen on-board, his new release, “Miles of Blu,” is the culmination of years of musical experimentation and execution. Opening with a tribute to the hardest working man (ever) in show biz, “JB” jump-starts the affair with funkified horns and Tony’s urgings to have a “funky good time.” As with all the tracks, this is thoughtful, well-executed music played by incredible players.
The burning swinger “Miles of Blu” is up next. Tony sets the evocative mood, as he places the listener smack-dab in the midst of an urban jazz club. Tim Ouimette’s trumpet echoes miles of smiles as Tony calls out his tribute to the dark prince of Jazz. A bass-less tune, based on a ‘round midnight vibe…The Bay Area is our next stop: Adamo’s roll call of B-3 Bombers tells it like it is on “Funkin’ at the Chickn’ Shack” and, somewhere, Jimmy Smith grins.
On the topical “America R We Free” Tony tells a potentially patriotic tale of a country divided. The former bomb handler knows of what he speaks – “…on the backs of the middle-class and poor.” All respect; all truth; all the time. Power to the people!!! Stand Up and Get UP! This is a thinking man’s rap, and this revolution might be televised.
Next, Tony lays out a barbeque (“BBQ”) as he performs a real backyard rap and introduces the band. All are bumping, but under and behind it all, Mike Clark stokes the beat, allowing the cats to ride on top. You can taste the beer, feel the grease…Richie Goods sets up the low-down vamp of “The Power of Funky Madness”; Danny Draher sings the blues on his six-string; Tony tells it like it is, and will be…
Some Tower of Power East Bay grease slides our way next. The leader speaks truth again, urging us to inoculate our souls as his stream-of-consciousness glides across the syncopated snare snaps from Clark’s tubs. “Soul Vaccination” all across the nation! Another TOP hit changes things up, as Adamo and crew shuffle off like stallions through the middle of a stream. Heed his advice: “Don’t Change Horses” unless you dare encounter Steve Homan’s bluesy guitar, Delbert Bump’s slick B-3 riffs and Rob Dixon’s phat tenor tones.
The father of Hip/Spoken/Word pays further homage to the Godfather of Soul as he asks the perennial question “Ain’t That a Groove?” Word: Yes! It can’t but BE a groove under the tightly controlled flails of drummer/producer Clark, keyboardist/mixer Gary Mielke’s bass lines and Bill Summers’ slashing percussion discussion. Ouimette talks some talk on the bone; Adamo demands an answer – Ain’t that?
“Jack Kerouac, Jack!” was one of THE original hipsters. Obviously a predecessor of Maestro Adamo, this beat recognizes the contributions of the first Beats. Rob Dixon’s plaintive tenor moans over the proceedings, and, once again, a silenced voice is suddenly New-Jack as the writer is on the road again, now married to the names of Jazz greats also long-gone. After such a road trip, it’s time to blast off with “Sun-Ra Rockets to Mars” – This science fiction is for real. There has never been a hipper trip: Space is the place! Clark tips as Ouimette sizzles on top, Harmon mute firmly in-place. The girls sing us back to Earth, but we’re better for the journey. Herman Poole Blount, nee Le Sony’r Ra, would heavily dig this excursion…
After all the ‘que, miles of blu, shuffling horses, et al, there ain’t nothin’ left but to ask “What Is Hip?” Tony Adamo knows, and it shows. He adheres to the original sacred text, but in HIS way. Speaking the well-crafted lyrics actually adds a layer to meaning, making us all ponder the age-old query. As Tony knows, sometimes it’s more important to know what’s not hip, too. As on the TOP original, the horns keep shouting and the organ keeps bumpin’ – That’s Delbert Bump.
Mike Clark’s musical life story is next: “The Other Side of Time” is “Like a heavyweight boxer throwin’ down.” Clark is one tough-but-sensitive, rough-and-polished player, an acknowledged innovator on his chosen voice, the trap set. Mike’s longtime cohort, Michael Wolff, adds to the mix with his modern pianistic stylings. Tony’s tip of the hat to his producer, friend, drummer and partner in crime is on the one – As is the drummer’s heartfelt tag to his contemporaries.
The philosophizing old “Tickn’ Clock” takes us home. Tony’s sing/song speaks of times now and of those to come, as “we step away from our past, and into our future…” Tony’s time is NOW, and with “Miles of Blu” he shows us the path to take. http://randomactrecords.co
Tony Adamo Gil-Scott Heron, Mark Murphy, Jack Kerouac Website: http://randomactrecords.com/ On his latest effort, and debut recording for Random Act Records, TONY ADAMO has created a unique genre: “HipSpokenWord.” Built on the wisdom of musical wizards like Gil-Scott Heron, Mark Murphy, Jack Kerouac and hip/hop master rappers, Tony speaks the Truth through his poetic musings. With preeminent players like producer Mike Clark (drums), Richie Goods (bass), Delbert Bump (organ), Michael Wolff (piano), Bill Summers (percussion) and Tim Ouimette, Rob Dixon, Derek Gardner and even Tower of Power's own physician of the funk, Stephen Doc Kupka. This release will turn heads and blow minds: Tales of travails and triumphs, told in the hippest of ways! Tony speaks/sings his way through the urban landscapes of Jazz, Funk and Soul. From the title track “Miles of Blu,” a nod to the dark prince of Jazz, to “JB,” an homage to the Godfather of Soul, to a down-home “BBQ” and asking “America R We Free,” Tony tells it like it is in his own mesmerizing manner. The Grooves are infectious, the moods evocative, the music sizzling and the words – HIP! “MILES OF BLU” takes listeners on a swinging journey, culminating in a funky good time! Fred Harris Random Act Records
COMING SOON from Random Act Records MILES OF BLU from HipSpokenWord artist Tony Adamo. Tony has basically invented his own, original genre. This hipster speaks, raps, and sings his compelling stories, with able assistance from Producer Mike Clark and cohorts like Michael Wolff, Delbert Bump, Tim Ouimette, Richie Goods, Bill Summers and even Tower of Power's own physician of the funk, Stephen Doc Kupka. This release will turn heads and blow minds: Tales of travails and triumphs, told in the hippest of ways!
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Legendary drummer Mike Clark has a new CD on Random Act Records. Street Date Feb,19/13. Mike Clark produced Tony Adamo's new CD on Random Act Records. Michael Wolff, piano is the other half of The Wolff and Clark Expedition. Wolff plays on Adamo's Random Act Records release,Miles of Blu Street Date March 19/13
Website: http://jazztimes.com/contributors/17915-tony-adamo A music review in the December issue of JazzTimes on the Scott Henderson/Jeff Berlin/ Dennis Chambers new CD,HBC on (Tone Center Records) One cut in particular that stands out in the review is Herbie Hancock's Actual Proof. And how HBC interprets that song. Dig it on the serious side. If you want to get hip the the original. Then open up your ears to Mike Clark's performance on Hancock's album Thrust (1974), and particularly the song Actual Proof, is often cited as one of the finest examples of the linear funk style of drumming. Mike Clark, Jeff Berlin and Tony Adamo have music coming out on Scott Elias's Random Act Records.
Tony Adamo The Hipster Signs With Scott Elias's Random Act Records
New Jazz Jeff USNewJazz.com Review A beat poet for the new generation? Or a jazz-funk crooner? Take your pick. I think that either one of these characterizations could easily describe Tony Adamo. GlennDoc Holloway CDBABY Tony Adamo is Hip.... In Walked Bud. Miles and Charlie Parker get on the bandstand. Max makes wax and then Lester leaps in. Tony Adamo takes the mike explains it all to you. With a Tower of power vibe and a cool Kerouac sensibility. Listen to this cat. We need him. Is this Heaven or Camarillo? Better ask Tony. he is on a hip trip and Im going too.
SmoothJazz.com Review/ Sandy Shore Jazz lovers and unique vocal aficionados who appreciate edgy and interesting voices like Lou Reed and Tom Waits will dig what Tony Adamo laying down here. Hipness is what it is!
Vocal/hipspokenword artist Tony Adamo has signed with Random Act Records Random Act Records was founded in 2009 byScott Elias and his wife and partner, Anna. Scott is a lifelong musician who started playing professionally at the age of 14 i n Pittsburgh, and went on to perform with such musical greats as Slide Hampton, Sonny Stitt and Richard “Groove” Holmes. (Anna just really likes great music…and giving to charity.)
Scott eventually gravitated to filmmaking, and traveled the country working on and producing such studio films as Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality 2 and The Lake House with Sandra Bullock, andMusic & Lyrics starring Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore. (Anna loves movies, too, as it turns out. She worked with Scott on Practical Magic and A Time to Kill with Sandra Bullock, The Client with Tommy Lee Jones, and Sommersby with Jodie Foster and Richard Gere.) http://dlmediamusic.com/label/random-act-records/
TONY ADAMO Oakland Funk and New York Throw Down
Tony Adamo has signed a record deal with Random Act Records (RAR). Some of the outstanding artists Adamo will be joining are: Mike Clark, of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Michael Wolff, former band leader for the Arsenio Hall show, Larry Coryell named by Musician Magazine as “one of the 100 greatest guitarists alive today,” Kenny Drew, Jr., as Jazziz Magazine says has a brilliant distinctive style, Carmen Intorre, Jr., Downbeat Magazine rates his new Cd at 31/2stars.
A recent review of one of Adamo’s new songs from his upcoming release, MILES OF BLU on RAR states: “Adamo reaches into the pre-rap turf of Gil Scott-Heron here with this seductive too-short flash memoir about how he discovered jazz and its legendary envelope pushers – Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. There’s energy and honor and wonder in Adamo’s words, especially in the fluid alliterative syncopated way the words reflect the inspiration that jazz gave him as an artist, as a human being.” Devon Jackson, Village Voice Rolling Stone and Details
Legendary drummer, Mike Clark is the producer on Tony Adamo’s hi-voltage vocals and Nu-Jazz Funk/Hipspokenword dialogue on MILES OF BLU Cd. So, can you dig it? Funk, bop, rock ‘til ya drop! Random Act Record artists are at the top.
Frank Black, ADoubleLeft Hook PR Gig, NYC,
Top MP3 downloads for the week ending Oct. 1, 2012
Top MP3 downloads for the week ending Oct. 1, 2012/ Vocal hipspokenword artist Tony Adamo's 'GrooveTherapy' off of his 'What is Hip?' CD. Is @#12 on the Top 25 music charts. http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/mp3/top/2012-10-01/
August 2012 - Top 50 Album (Last 3 Months)Jazz Radio ESB Tony Adamo has two Cd's in Top 50/ # 35 & # 50/ Adamo's new Cd is produced by Mike Clark Mixed by Tim Ouimette
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Musician: Tony Adamo Track: Nine Miles of Blu Composer: Tony Adamo Musician website Album: Nine Miles of Blu Year: 2013 Label: Urbanzone Records
Tony Adamo’s Funky Jazz is Feverish Kool Frank Black, DoubleLeft Hook Productions, NYC The songs “Nine Miles of Blu” and “Qbafrica” have been trading spots on the top 25 jazz charts at allaboutjazz.com for the last 150 days. Tony Adamo’s “Nine Miles of Blu” is produced by legendary drummer, Mike Clark, of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters fame. “Nine Miles of Blu” has not dropped out of the top ten in over 150 days and has gone #1 three different times in three months. “Nine Miles of Blu” is currently at # 4 with Alfredo Rodriguez’s song “Qbafrica,” produced by the legendary producer Quincy Jones, at #3 on the top 25 jazz chart. Alfredo Rodriguez more than lives up to all the hype on his Mack Avenue Records debut. He has the chops, musicianship and jazz coolness to go all the way. Soul jazz artist/songwriter, Tony Adamo, was discovered by drummer Mike Clark. Clark has been called “the most sampled drummer in hip hop.” His beats have been used on tracks by musicians NWA, Grandmaster Flash, Britney Spears, Prince, and many others. Mike Clark describes Adamo’s original music as “Oaktown Funk and New York throw down meets vocal/hipspokenword. So ladies and gents, dig these two new artists. The groove is here.
Top MP3 Downloads in the Last 150 days. Tony Adamo in Top 5 with the Mike Clark produced single Nine Miles of Blu http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloads_day.php?day=150
Top MP3 Downloads in the Last 60 Days/allaboutjazz.com
Legendary drummer Mike Clark producing and Tim Ouimette mixing Tony Adamo's CD, 9 MILES of BLU. 9 MILES of BLU single is now @#2 in TOP 25 jazz charts @ allaboutjazz.com
Top MP3 Downloads in the Last 60 Days/allaboutjazz.com
Tony Adamo now @#3 in TOP 25 Jazz Charts/ Tony Adamo is produced by legendary drummer Mike Ckark http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloads_day.php?day=60
Tony Adamo's 9 MILES OF BLU NOW @#4 on allaboutjazz.com top 25 jazz charts last 60 days.@#1 last 30 days, @#1 last 10 days. A mighty thanks to producer leagendary drummer Mike Clark and music engineer Rick Duncan of Nacnud Sound Recording
All About Jazz Top 5 MP3 Downloads: March 2012 Most Popular Tony Adamo's 9 MILES OF BLU
SOURCE: ALL ABOUT JAZZ PUBLICITY, Published: 2012-04-13
All About Jazz features and syndicates an exceptional song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the 31 tracks featured in March, these five represent my personal favorites. I also included the top five reader favorites as indicated by total downloads.
If you are a musician or record label, you can submit your full length MP3 for consideration here.
Enjoy! Dave Sumner Editor, Download of the Day
Tony Adamo's 9 MILES OF BLU @#1 Produced by legendary drummer Mike Clark Top MP3 Downloads in the Last 30 Days allaboutjazz A mighty thanks from Tony Adamo
A Doubleleft Hook Production Frank Black NY NY Tony Adamo's song 9 Miles of Blu has been at: #1 Top Downloads last 10 days #2 Top Downloads last 30 days #15 Top Download last 60 days Dig the jazz charts at allaboutjazz.com Tony Adamo thanks the downloading music public
MusicDishTV Presents Tony Adamo's Nine Miles Of Blu
In his latest video and mp3 Nine Miles of Blu, Tony Adamo runs the voodoo down with legendary drummer Mike Clark (yes the drummer who played with Herbie Hancock back in 1974 on Thrust), and references to being in the middle of a happening jazz scene, tipping his verse to Miles' and Coltrane's Giant Steps. Guitarist Steve Holman lays down a solid comping on this jazz trio's post-bop, with Clark sparking the track with great rhythmic ideas.
The esteemed Clark also produced Nine Miles of Blue, in which Adamo pays a verbal homage to Dizzie Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and other widely recognized jazz masters who led the way for the music we have today. Using cleverly smooth but complex combinations of jazz melodies, this track is a funky, jazzy, get in your face groove that, at first play, makes you feel like you're sitting in a great jazz club
Tony Adamo Show & Prove with 9 Miles of Blu
Dave Sumner allaboutjazz.com download of the day editor. Comments on Tony Adamo’s MP3 9 MILES OF BLU, featuring legendary drummer Mike Clark. Dave Sumner wrote on April 3, 2012 Hey, Tony. I was glad to give it a feature date. I'm always looking to feature something a little different, and having a spoken word dialog accompanying the jazz fit the bill. I think your track was a cool addition to the AAJ Download of the Day canvas, and based on the results, it appears that AAJ readers/listeners agree.
-Dave allaboutjazz.com Download of the Day Editor
Music Review on 9 MILES OF BLU
Tony Adamo, best known as a soulful singer in the vein of Dr. John, Ray Charles and Mose Allison who loves Tower of Power and the Headhunters, performs a tribute to jazz on his popular “9 Miles Of Blu.” The performance gives listeners an idea what rap might have sounded like if it had stuck to storytelling and de-emphasized endless rhymes.
Actually this performance, which has Adamo serving as a narrator over several uptempo straight ahead grooves played by guitarist Steve Homan, and Mike Clark on drums, is not only a throwback to Gil-Scott Heron in the 1970s but to Louis Jordan in the 1940s. Adamo talks about the excitement of jazz, and wanting to be part of that world. He pays a brief verbal tribute to such notables as Monk, Miles, Trane, Diz, Bird, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith and others.
Throughout Tony Adamo’s fast talking and his colorful words, the excitement of jazz is conveyed, making listeners want to check out some of the greats from both past times and today’s jazz scene.
Scott Yanow, author of ten books including Bebop, Trumpet Kings, Jazz On Film and Jazz On Record 1917-76
Yo, A mighty thanks to the downloading public who made 9 MILES OF BLU #1 on allaboutjazz top downloads last ten days. Tony Adamo
Singer Hipspokenword artist Tony Adamo goes to #1 on the Top MP3 Downloads in the Last 10 Days with 9 MILES OF BLU.Produced by legendary drummer Mike Clark.9 MiLES of BLU is on the allaboutjazz.com jazz charts
Double Left Hook Productions, NY NY Ron J. Smith
Tony Adamo's unreleased CD,9 MILES OF BLU, produced by legendary drummer, Mike Clark is in the can for 2012. On March 24, Tony Adamo, Mike Clark, Delbert Bump and Steve Homan will start recording new music for Adamo's live shows and for a future CD release scheduled for 2013.
Music Review on Tony Adamo's 9 Miles of Blu/Devon jackson
A jazzy spoken-word homage to jazz’s inspirational greats
Adamo reaches into the pre-rap turf of Gil Scott-Heron here with this seductive too-short flash memoir about how he discovered jazz and its legendary envelope-pushers��Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis. There’s energy and honor and wonder in Adamo’s words, especially in the fluid alliterative syncopated way the words reflect the inspiration that jazz gave him��as an artist, as a human being. Complementing his nimble vocals are former Herbie Hancock drummer Mike Clark and guitarist Steve Holman, both of whose equally homage-ist beats and licks, respectively, are clean but entirely their own. Devon Jackson Magazine Editor - Freelance Music Journalist, has written about music and film for a variety of publications-from Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice to Rolling Stone and Details
Regarding: Nine Miles of Blu ...3/1/12
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Tony Adamo & Mike Clark Groovin’ High Z. Sidari/ Yo Productions New York City, NY
Legendary drummer, Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters) and the highly respected musician, trumpet player, big band leader and music arranger, Tim Ouimette recently completed the mix for vocal/hip- spokenword artist, Tony Adamo’s new CD at Ouimette’s recording studio in upstate New York. Adamo and Clark started this music project in the summer of 2011 after Clark recorded with Adamo on a new cover for Tower of Power’s “Soul Vaccination.” It was at that point a music alliance was formed between the two, and Clark became the music producer for Adamo’s new CD. Music industry insiders who have listened to some of the new cuts off this CD have commented that Adamo and Clark have come up with a fresh new sound in vocal/hip-spokenword laced with a funk musical attitude. Tim Ouimette said “This project is so original and bluesy groovin’ and is sending all the right messages. I am just really happy to be involved.” Tony Adamo is a Strokeland Record artist. Strokeland is owned by funk icon, Stephen “Doc” Kupka of Tower of Power. “Doc” Plays on Adamo’s new CD.
2/8-2/10/12 Legendary drummer Mike Clark producing and mixing Tony Adamo's new CD Tim Ouimette's Studio Hudson Valley, NY
MusicDishTV Presents Tony Adamo's Nine Miles Of Blu
In his latest video and mp3 Nine Miles of Blu, Tony Adamo runs the voodoo down with legendary drummer Mike Clark (yes the drummer who played with Herbie Hancock back in 1974 on Thrust), and references to being in the middle of a happening jazz scene, tipping his verse to Miles' and Coltrane's Giant Steps. Guitarist Steve Holman lays down a solid comping on this jazz trio's post-bop, with Clark sparking the track with great rhythmic ideas.
The esteemed Clark also produced Nine Miles of Blue, in which Adamo pays a verbal homage to Dizzie Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and other widely recognized jazz masters who led the way for the music we have today. Using cleverly smooth but complex combinations of jazz melodies, this track is a funky, jazzy, get in your face groove that, at first play, makes you feel like you're sitting in a great jazz club.
Tony Adamo & Mike Clark’s New Vibes �� Just too Kool Franki LaMantia, UrbanZone Productions/UrbanZoneRecords New York City, New York
Mike Clark, legendary drummer and former member of Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters band, can now add another name to his illustrious music career as the Funk Wizard of Manhattan. In addition to producing his new discovery, singer/nu-hip spoken word artist Tony Adamo’s CD, he had to bring in the right mixer/engineer who could funk the tracks for Adamo’s groove vocabulary and triplet soul-jazz voicing’s. Clark was looking for a mixing fool of an engineer who could dig the new perspective on the nu-hip speak vocals that he and Adamo are puttin’ down. That engineer is Tim Ouimette, a hip to the bone musician /composer who has played or written for Ray Charles, The 4 Tops, The Temptations, Blood Sweat and Tears and Aretha Franklin. In addition, Ouimette has composed music for TV, Cable and commercials. Nuff said! Now let’s get down with the new musical zounds of Tony Adamo and Mike Clark.
Singer Tony Adamo's Eleanor Rigby @ # 5 in TOP 25 http://www.lasvegasweekly.com/mp3/top/2011-12-31/
Two nites ago 12/14/11 two icons of the funk world where in the recording studio recording music tracks for my new CD. The incomparable Stephen Doc Kupka from Tower of Power. Producing Doc's horn parts is legendary( Headhunters) drummer Mike Clark. The funk was drippin' of the walls. Soul chlllin' and funk bumpn'. Now dig it. The next nite Steve Homan guitar,Mike Clark drums,myself vocals and hipspoken'word made Soul/Jazz history.In one take a song came out of nowhere to be some where.Dig the new CD in 2012.Peace soul and much power.Tony Roc Adamo
Tony Adamo “Turns In A Great Performance” L.A. JAZZ SCENE REVIEW/Jim Santella/L.A. JAZZ SCENE
Smooth jazz vocalist Tony Adamo grooves on this latest session with a mix of originals and favorite songs. “Cold Duck Time,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “The Way You Do the Things You Do “and Grover Washington Jr.’s “ Make Me a Memory” share the program with Adamo originals that carry plenty of swing along with lush harmony. He’s backed by ensembles that provide a keyboard-bass-drums-backup-singer kind of texture where a featured singer can push his message and know that his musical partners won’t miss a beat.
“What Is Hip?” puts him into an updated jack Kerouac bag where spoken word melds with the ensemble’s texture and alternates with his lyrical delivery. A popping electric bass and a Miles Davis muted echo (from Eddie Henderson) help the piece along and provide more than a glimpse of what it takes to remain hip. Later, “Rio de Janeiro Blue” paints an opposing portrait where soulful moans give an assist to the song’s interesting message.
“Nine Miles of Blue” gives the CD a hefty punch through Adamo’s convincing vocal rendering. By combining spoken word on several tracks with his lyrical delivery elsewhere, the singer turns in a great performance.
Tony Roc Adamo http://www.nacnud.net/ Funk icon Stephen “Doc” Kupka (co-founder of Tower of Power) and legendry drummer Mike Clark(The Headhunters) will be at Nacund Sound recording with Strokeland Record artist Tony Adamo, Mike Clark producing.
Don't Cry for the N.B.A. Tony Adamo
It's bad enough that the nation's jobless rate is 9.7%. But the real national employment rate is even higher than the U.S. Department of Labor's figure shows. Can you dig 16% or higher. With that in mind it's damn hard for me to get hip to what the N.B.A. players want. Under an equity arrangement,players would give up some of money that is now guaranteed. That's right. Talkin' bout give it up or turn it loose.How bout the N.B.A. guarantee that for every home game played. The players will donate money in there home city to help feed the poor. Makin' 2.5 million comeing off the bench to play 3 min in a N.B.A. game. and maybe not play at all. Is sick. The N.B.A. needs a drastically different approach.
Tony Adamo Meets Tower Of Power Meets The Headhunters
By Scott Yanow L.A Jazz Scene/ All Music Guide to Jazz/ The Jazz Singers
A new CD that has recently been recorded is being described as “Tony Adamo meets Tower of Power meets The Headhunters” set to be released in early 2012. This unique set teams together singer and spoken word artist Tony Adamo with drummer-producer Mike Clark, several members of the Headhunters and special guests. The drummer says of the project, “The three elements on the CD are rhythm and blues (we married some old ideas with some newer surprises), a heavy blues saturation and some straight ahead bebop. There is even some avant-garde music and a duet with drums and voice.”
In addition to Tony Adamo, the lineup of musicians include Rob Dixon on tenor, alto and keyboards, trumpeters Derrick Gardner and Pharez Whitted, guitarist-keyboardist Gary Mielke, organist Delbert Bump, guitarist Steve Homan, bassist Brett Palm, percussionist Bill Summers, Mike Clark on drums and co-founder of Tower of Power, Doc Kupka on bari sax.
The musical friendship of Adamo and Clark began about six years ago. Tony, whose warm deep voice is perfectly at home in a variety of settings whether it is soul or swing, is a creative improviser with an accessible yet unpredictable style. His style is friendly, personable, very musical, and open to spontaneity as can be heard on his two prior recordings, STAIGHT UP DEAL and WHAT IS HIP. Mike Clark says of Tony, “He sings with soul and also does spoken word along with the singing. He is not afraid to address issues that are pertinent to what is going on in the world. He will often have a sketch for a song and then, when we are in the studio, he spontaneously fills it in and improvises, sometimes taking the music in a completely different direction.”
Mike Clark is one of the most in-demand drummers on the scene today. Earlier in his career he played with vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson, trumpeter Woody Shaw and tenor-saxophonist Joe Henderson. After beginning an association with Herbie Hancock that resulted in him becoming the drummer with the Headhunters, he became well known as a funk drummer although he remains very active in jazz. Among his recent projects have been leading the straight ahead acoustic group Integral Blue which includes Randy Brecker, Donald Harrison and Christian McBride; touring with guitarist Scott Henderson and bassist Jeff Berlin in an electric band performing Wayne Shorter tunes; and recording with keyboardist Michael Wolff’s quartet. In addition he co-leads the Headhunters with Bill Summers. The Headhunters recent CD release is called PLATINUM.
Tony says “The music is in a different and new genre.” Mike Clark is also enthusiastic about the project which is the first time he produced a singer. “We were all really glad to play together and it translates. The music tips its hat towards the days in Oakland when Tower of Power reigned. It has elements of James Brown and some real modern funk. All the music was so swinging and so funky that it was very enjoyable for us and we are very glad to be putting out the music soon.” Tony Adamo’s new CD will be released in a few months and it promises to make a strong impact on the music world.
Singer Tony Adamo's No Strings @#17 in TOP 25
Legendary Drummer Mike Clark Produces Singer Tony Adamo’s new CD By Franki LaMantia, UrbanZonePush Productions, New York City, New York
“Yo’ into somethin’ bro,” was Mike Clark’s comment to Tony Adamo when he heard Adamo’s new vocalize/hip spoken word. This was the deciding moment when Clark, legendary drummer and co-leader of the Headhunters, formerly (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters) decided to produce Adamo’s new CD. The recording site was Owl Studio Records (Static Shack Studios), Indianapolis, Indiana. Clark started things off by bringing in super percussionist and long time Headhunter band member, Bill Summers who laid down his percussion tracks at an earlier recording session along with Rob Dixon (tenor, alto and keyboards), and Gary Mielke (bass, keyboards). Two Owl recording artists Derrick Gardner (trumpet) and Pharez Whitted (trumpet) added their mojo jazz/funk chops to Adamo’s tracks while playing alongside Dixon in the horn section. In December, the final touch of hipness will be added when Stephen “Doc” Kupka, co-founder of Tower of Power, adds his signature horn sound to Adamo’s re-groove of two TOP hits. The music foundation for Adamo’s new hip sound is Delbert Bump (organ), Steve Homen (guitar), Brett Palm (bass), and Mike Clark (drums). Dixon and Mielke co-producers of the Headhunters new PLATINUM, will mix and master Adamo’s new CD. Live audiences will soon get hip to Tony Adamo and the Nu-Masters of Funk, featuring Mike Clark.
Associate Artists: Tower of Power Horns: Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Tom Politzer The Headhunters: Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, BlackByrd McKnight, Rob Dixon, Gary Mielke, Bill Summers, Richie Goods Jazz Greats: Eddie Henderson, Ernie Watts, Steve Gadd, James Gadson, Kenneth Nash, Neil Larsen, Freddie Washington, Delbert Bump, Steve Homan,Derrick Gardner, Pharez Whitted.
Artist / Group Name: Tony Adamo
CD Title: What Is Hip?
Genre: Soul / Funk Jazz
Year Released: 2011
Record Label: UrbanZone Records
Tracks: Cold Duck Time (Groove On Line), Rhythm Of Your Love, Make Me A Memory, What Is Hip?, Ecstasy, Eleanor Rigby, Rio De Janeiro Blue, The Way You Do The Things You Do, Love Don't Get, Calling, Nine Miles Of Blue, Mystery and This Time It's Real
Rating: Four out of Five
Vocalist Tony Adamo’s new CD, What Is Hip?, is a funkified and deeply rhythmic locked affair with some of the best musicians of the day. Put together by master guitarist and producer Jerry Stucker, this horn-laden album reminds one of the early days of Tower Of Power (TOP) brought up to date by modern sensibilities. Some of the big names assisting Adamo include master drummer Steve Gadd, percussionist and Headhunter Bill Summers, trumpeters Mic Gillette, Henry Hung, and Eddie Henderson, as well as TOP bari saxophone soul man Stephen “Doc” Kupka and keyboardist Rodney Franklin.
For those unfamiliar with funk and soul the easiest comparison of this album would be with some of the early work of Boz Scaggs when he was wrapping his vocals within bluesy soul-infected wraps. Add some tastefully arranged horn backgrounds courtesy of Mic Gillette, and the result is sublime excellence.
While funk and rarified soul like this will have a tough time reaching the airwaves, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a fantastic recording. The “What Is Hip?” TOP remake is given a bluesy and smoothly swinging turn that features some excellent electric trumpet work by the great jazz trumpeter Eddie Henderson. On “Ecstasy” Neil Larsen’s organ playing is top-notch and Rodney Franklin’s keyboard work on “Rhythm Of Your Love” is incredible.
Throughout the recording Stucker’s guitar is ever present as a featured color. His work is angled at finding the right mode of expression as opposed to showing off his chops. Finding just the right notes at the right time, Stucker keeps things tightly bolted down and firmly rooted in the groove. This is shown nowhere better than on “Ecstasy” where his lines float and punctuate Adamo’s vocals in pure precision.
Adamo’s voice is perfectly suited each of the tracks, both those he wrote with Stucker and the covers. With a rich baritone timbre, Adamo sincerely gets inside the lyrics as opposed to just singing them. Working within the arrangements, as opposed to singing on top of them, Adamo does more than feel the phrase, he becomes them.
While there are a few missteps, like the cover of “Eleanor Rigby” which is too sly, Adamo hits it out of the park on “Cold Duck Time (Groove On Line)” and “Make Me A Memory.” For lovers of music not aimed being aimed for 14 year-olds, this is about as excellent a recording as you will find and well worth searching jazzreview.com
http://www.impactjazz.com/ Derrick Gardner plays in the horn section on Tony Adamo's upcoming CD, produced by Drummer Mike Clark. Horn arrangements by Rob Dixon
Derrick Gardner ~ A Modern Master of Traditional Sound
Derrick Gardner ~ A Modern Master of Traditional Sound www.impactjazz.com Derrick Gardner ~ A Modern Master of Traditional Sound
Website: http://www.headhuntersplatinum.com/ Soul’s Cookin’ with Tony Adamo and Mike Clark
Fred Harris/Urbanzonepushradio New York City,NY
A new conception in soulin’ and groove time was born when legendary drummer Mike Clark, co-leader of the Headhunters, formerly (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters) took one step and beyond by bringing in guitarist/composer/arranger, Steve Homan and jazz, funk organist/arranger, Delbert Bump for session work on Tony Adamo’s new CD. Their recording session solidified the soul cookin’ groove that is now the foundation for Adamo’s new funk music. Bump and Homan have previously recorded with Mike Clark on his CARNIVAL OF SOUL CD. Clark has also brought in high voltage funksters with some heavy souln’ in the form of Rob Dixon and Gary Mielke, the co-producers of the Headhunters new PLATINUM CD. Super percussionist and long time Headhunter band member, Bill Summers, laid down his percussion tracks at an earlier recording session with Clark, Dixon and Gary Mielke. Mike Clark will oversee Adamo’s recording session starting on October 19, 2011 at the Static Shack Recording, Indianapolis, IN.
Associate Artists: Tower of Power Horns: Stephen “Doc” Kupka, Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Tom Politzer The Headhunters: Mike Clark, Paul Jackson, BlackByrd McKnight, Rob Dixon, Gary Mielke, Bill Summers, Richie Goods Jazz Greats: Eddie Henderson, Ernie Watts, Steve Gadd, James Gadson, Kenneth Nash, Neil Larsen, Freddie Washington
Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee Tony Adamo/SOULTRACKS
http://www.soultracks.com/2011-awards-nominees SoulTracks Readers' Choice Awards. Male Vocalist of the Year Nominee Tony Adamo,Michael Franks,Freddie Jackson
http://smoothjazzbuzz.wordpress.com/ Singer Tony Adamo in Smoothjazzbuzz with the Headhunters
9/27/11 Singer Tony Adamo stays strong @#22 with “What is Hip?” on allaboutjazz TOP Download Chart last 180 days. Urbanzonerecords
9/19/11 Singer Tony Adamo stays @#20 with What is Hip? on allaboutjazz TOP Download Chart last 180 days. Urbanzonerecords
Tony Adamo - No Strings Attached
From: MusicDishTV | Sep 16, 2011
Tony Adamo keeps the soul coming with his new video and song No Strings Attached from the album Straight Up Deal. With a tower of power's worth of horns being played by Tower of Power members Skip Mesquite and Mic Gillette (who wrote the horn arrangement), Tony's sound is funkier than ever. The vocal and horn performances on No Strings Attached are the strongest yet from Adamo and company. Smooth lyrics make the song even greater as Tony exudes coolness and a special touch that seem to be his signature. Adamo really makes some noise with this track, which is sure to be a crowd pleaser for fans of the Soul and R&B genres
http://www.billsummers.net/ Master Percussionist Bill Summers and Headhunters co-leader. Was in the mix for singer Tony Adamo's recording session along with Headhunters Mike Clark & Rob Dixon.9-12-11 Indianapolis, IN
Singer Tony Adamo’s next CD will be co-produced by Headhunters band members Mike Clark and Rob Dixon
MIKE CLARK gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970’s. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust album, which garnered him an international cult following. Rob Dixon the VP of Owl Studios, part owner http://horndrivenradio.com/
Singer Tony Adamo's next CD will be co-produced by Headhunters band members Mike Clark and Rob Dixon.
Uploaded by MusicDishTV on Aug 29, 2011
If you’ve ever been in love, you know the feeling you get when that special someone comes along and everything within you shouts, “This is it!! This is the one!!” Well, Tony Adamo has captured the sentiments of that with a remake of Tower of Power’s hit “This Time It’s Real,” and he hit the nail right on the head. The strong Tower of Power horn section does an outstanding job and a funky sax solo makes the song even more enjoyable. This track is definitely a groove and will entice the listener into reminiscing about the emotions you have when the right person is in your life. With his special soulful sound, Tony delivers another stellar performance. “This Time It’s Real” is a happy song that will put you in a good place. You can dance, chill, or just cruise to this one, but whatever you do, you’ll enjoy it.
Uploaded by MusicDishTV on Aug 15, 2011
San Francisco Bay area singer/songwriter Tony Adamo delivers some of his best work to date with his remake of Tower of Power's Groove Therapy. Groove Therapy is a cut from Adamo's CD Straight Up Deal, and this is a vibrant, earthy track with a definite 70s feel and all the funk you can handle. The horn section features members of the original Tower of Power horn section, and Tony smoothly delivers the therapy, musically speaking, that is. The doctor is definitely in the house. With crisp music, a nice guitar solo break, and the band at the top of their game, Groove Therapy comes together in a style that most can only envy. Adamo seems to have fun with this track with his deep, sultry, and commanding voice, and the expertise from the horn and percussion sections put the song into overdrive
Uploaded by MusicDishTV on Aug 9, 2011
Musician and singer Tony Adamo isn't afraid to tackle a classic and put his own spin on it, incorporating influences of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and many other genres. This master of soul brings back great old songs in a manner that can be appreciated by those who heard the originals and music lovers who are hearing the songs for the first time. With Adamo's remake of the The Beatles classic song Eleanor Rigby, Adamo brings back memories while getting his pop infused with funk on. Adamo's voice breathes new life into the track, along with the innovativeness of the spoken word and a nice guitar solo to boot. Eleanor Rigby is from Adamo's new CD entitled, What Is Hip
7/31/11 Tony Adamo Can Be Heard On The Following Monitored Stations: Station Group Market Format Chayz Lounge Live365 Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion Cjazzchannel.com Live365 Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion Live365-cjlovesjazz Live365 Online CHR/Rhythmic Live365-digitalmusiqdj Live365 Online CHR/Pop Live365-dreammaster425 Live365 Online CHR/Rhythmic Live365-rafraider123 Live365 Online CHR/Rhythmic Newporter Jazz Shoutcast Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion Rhythm And Jazz Live365 Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion SmoothJazz.com Shoutcast Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion SwissGroove Shoutcast Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion The Soundcheck Live365 Online CHR/Pop The Source Smooth Jazz Shoutcast Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion WITD Live365 Online Smooth Jazz/Fusion
Tower of Power Horn Section Discography for Tony Adamo's Straight Up Deal CD
TOP Horn Section Discography for Tony Adamo's Straight Up Deal CD
NO STRINGS (T Adamo, J Stucker - La Voce Publishing BMI, Stone Apache Music BMI)
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - James Gadson Bass - Freddie Washington Guitar - Jerry Stucker Sax - Skip Mesquite-SM Trombone - Mic Gillette-MG Bari Sax- Doc Kupka-DOC Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith Midi Programming - Jerry Stucker Organ-Neil Larsen
UP IN IT M.Kaye,J.Stucker-Makawe Music/ASCP,Stone Apache Music/BMI
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - James Gadson Bass - Freddie Washington Guitar - Jerry Stucker Sax - Skip Mesquite-SM Trombone,Trumpet - Mic Gillette-MG Bari Sax- Doc Kupka-DOC Guitar- Jerry Stucker Organ-Neil Larsen Clavinet-Mark Kaye Background Vocals-Sandy Griffith
GROOVE THERAPY (T Adamo, J Stucker - La Voce Publishing BMI, Stone Apache Music BMI)
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - James Gadson Bass - Freddie Washington Guitar - Jerry Stucker Tenor sax,2nd Bari Sax - Skip Mesquite-SM Trombone, Trumpet - Mic Gillette-MG Bari Sax- Doc Kupka-DOC Organ-Neil Larsen
MERCY MERCY J.Zawinul-Zawinul Music/BMI
Vocals-Tony Adamo Tenor Sax - Skip Mesquite-SM Trombone, - Mic Gillette-MG Drums-Paul Van Wageningen Bass-Gary Brown Percussion-Roberto Quintana Guitar-Jerry Stuck
Tony Adamo and members of the HEADHUNTERS
And make no mistake about it!! Members of the original HEADHUNTERS minus Herbie Hancock. Play on Singer Tony Adamo's music. Mike Clark, Bill Summers, Blackbyrd McKnight and Paul Jackson. Mike Clark will Co-Produce Tony Roc Adamo at the end of Aug 2011. It will be High Voltage Funk with some heavy Soulin'. UrbanzoneRecords
August 26 and 27, 2011 Tony Adamo Recording Northern Lights Studio Santa Rosa, CA All day long and into the night with Rob Dixon, Delbert Bump, Steve Homan and Mike Clark http://www.mikeclarkmusic.com/home.html
MIKE CLARK gained worldwide recognition as one of America’s foremost jazz and funk drummers while playing with Herbie Hancock’s group in the early 1970’s. Mike became known as a major innovator through his incisive playing on Hancock’s Thrust album, which garnered him an international cult following. Mike Clark, Delbert Bump, Steve Homan will record with Singer Tony Adamo at the end of June/2011. UC Davis jazz director Delbert Bump has established himself in the musical world as a performing artist playing piano, keyboards, and jazz organ.Steve Homan has performed professionally for over 30 years. He has performed with such jazz artists as Howard Alden, Herb Ellis, Jimmy Smith, Joe Williams, Ed Thigpen, Hugh Masakela, Art Van Damme, Anita O’Day, Joey Calderazo, Mel Martin, Diane Schuur, and The Nelson Riddle Concert Orchestra. Steve has also appeared on recordings with Anita O’Day, Pete Jolly and vibraphonist Gene Estes. In addition, Homan has performed, composed and arranged music on CDs featuring The Delbert Bump Jazz Organ Trio and a tribute to the great jazz guitar/piano duets in collaboration with Joe Gilman. Singer Tony Adamo is a Strokeland Record Artist. Strokeland is owned by Funk Great and Tower of Power Co-funder Stephen Doc Kupka. Mike Clark plays on Tony Adamo's Stright Up Deal and What is Hip? CD's. Fred Harris/ Urbanzone Records
Latin Musicians Threaten to Sue the Grammys
By LARRY ROHTER
The increasingly bitter dispute that erupted early in April when the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences announced it was eliminating 31 categories from the Grammy Awards notched up yet another step on Thursday when a New York law firm announced plans to sue the academy on behalf of musicians who play Latin jazz, one of the categories that is being dropped.
At a news conference in Manhattan, the drummer Bobby Sanabria, one of the Latin jazz musicians who has been most vocal in criticizing the Academy’s action and in leading efforts to restore all 31 categories, also called for a national boycott against CBS, which broadcasts the Grammy Awards show each February. Speaking in both English and Spanish, he urged viewers to refrain from watching programs on the network and to write letters of protest to corporations sponsoring shows on CBS.
“This is the most blatant example of racism in the history of any arts organization,” Mr. Sanabria maintained, noting that nearly three-quarters of the categories being eliminated are dedicated to the music of racial or ethnic minorities. “The Grammys have kept pace with the cultural diversity of this country” up to now, he added, but eliminating 31 categories constitutes “a slap in the face to cultural and musical diversity.”
Mr. Sanabria’s lawyer, Roger Maldonado of Balber Pickard Maldonado & Van Der Tuin, said he planned to file a class action suit on behalf of Latin jazz musicians in New York, which would claim that the academy’s trustees “abdicated their fiduciary duty to safeguard the interests of all members of the academy” and inflicted damage on the livelihoods of practitioners of Latin jazz with their action. “The trustees chose instead to rubber-stamp a secretive process that serves the interests only of those popular performers who already enjoy broad exposure.”
Several performers, including several winners of Grammy Awards, have already announced their support for the campaign to reinstate the eliminated categories, which range from traditional blues to Hawaiian and Cajun music. Among the prominent supporters of the restoration campaign cited by Mr. Sanabria are Paul Simon, Bill Cosby, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt, Herbie Hancock and Rubén Blades.
“This is a peer-based award, not like American Idol,” Mr. Sanabria said, arguing that the academy’s action was pushing the Grammy Awards away from its stated mission to reward musical excellence, and not popularity. “We’re trying to restore the dignity of working musicians.”
The academy could not immediately be reached for comment.
Tower of Power Horn Section Diacography fot Tony Adamo's What is Hip? CD
The Way You Do The Things You Do (W Robinson, B Rogers - Jobete Music Co Inc)
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - James Gadson Bass - Jerry Stucker Organ - Neil Larsen Guitar - Jerry Stucker Percussion - Robert Quintana Trumpet/Trombone - Henry Hung Sax - Melecio Magdaluyo Bari Sax - Stephen Doc Kupka-Doc Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith
Rhythm Of Your Love (T Adamo, J Stucker - La Voce Publishing BMI, Stone Apache Music BMI)
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - James Gadson Bass - Reggie McBride Piano - Rodney Franklin Guitar - Jerry Stucker Percussion - Kenneth Nash Sax - Skip Mesquite-SM Trombone - Mic Gillette-MG Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith Midi Programming - Jerry Stucker
What Is Hip? (S Kupka, E Castillo, D Garibaldi - Bob-A-Lew Songs ASCAP)
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - Mike Clark Bass - Richie Goods Piano - Neil Larsen Guitar - Jerry Stucker Percussion - Bill Summers Bari Sax - Stephen Doc Kupka-Doc Trumpet - Eddie Henderson Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith Midi Programming - Jerry Stucker Vocal - Tony Adamo
Mystery (T Adamo, J Stucker - La Voce Publishing BMI, Stone Apache Music BMI)
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - Mike Clark Bass - John Costalupes Organ - Neil Larsen Guitar - Jerry Stucker Sax - Skip Mesquite-SM Trumpet/Trombone - Mic Gillette-MG Bari Sax - Stephen Doc Kupka-Doc Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith Midi Programming - Jerry Stucker
) This Time It's Real (S Kupka, E Castillo, D Garibaldi - Bob-A-Lew Songs ASCAP)
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - James Gadson Bass - Reggie McBride Organ - Neil Larsen Guitar - Jerry Stucker Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith Sax - Tom Politzer-TP Trumpet/Trombone - Mic Gillette-MG Bari Sax - Stephen Doc Kupka-Doc Vocal - Tony Adamo
Singer Tony Adamo is a Strokeland Artist
Today, Strokeland Records announced a new addition to their musical family, with the release of the San Gabriel 7's new cd, Cottonwood Station. Over the past six months Strokeland has added several new artists, as well as new music from existing members of the label headed by “Tower Of Power” founding member “Doc Kupka”. With this in mind, Horn Driven Radio is featuring in our current music rotation, the music of all the artists affiliated with Strokeland. Strokeland artists are as follows: Singer Tony Adamo,Alias Smith and Lane, Barela, Bill Bergman & The Metro Jets, Bononia Sound Machine, Bruce Conte, Chad Rager Groove, Doctor Funk, Funkiphino, Hip Service, Jack Mack & The Heart Attack, Jeff Tamelier, Jimmy McIntosh, John Lee Sanders, Jon R. Smith, Larry Braggs, Lon Bronson, Mark Dolin, Mic Gillette, Mingo Fishtrap, Patrick Allen, Roger Smith, Ron E. Beck, Sage, San Gabriel 7, Santa Fe & The Fat City Horns, The Strokeland Superband, & The Zen Blues Quartet. For a complete list of the artists, and songs in our current rotation go to www.horndrivenradio.com. For more information on Strokeland go to www.strokeland.com
legendary Headhunter drummer Mike Clark who backed Herbie Hancock on several recordings and Strokeland recording artist Tony Adamo along with Delbert Bump,Steve Homan. Will record @ NORTHERN LIGHTS RECORDING STUDIO.End of June/2011
Singer Tony Adamo still in Top 25 @#15. A mighty thanks to all my fans
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Tony Adamo and the legendary Headhunters
Members of the legendary Headhunters who backed Herbie Hancock on several recordings have cooked up a new soul groove for Tony Adamo’s remake of the Tower of Power hit, “What is Hip.” Original members Mike Clark (drums), Bill Summers, (percussion) and new Headhunter, Richie Goods (bass) form an insatiable groove that is interwoven throughout this funk/jazz hip/spoken word mash up of a song. Jerry Stucker, who produced and plays guitar on Adamo’s cover of “What is Hip,” is credited with contributing to the new Headhunter release PLATINUM, due out in the middle of June on Owl Studios Records. The Headhunters where the supporting band for Herbie Hancock’s studio album, HEADHUNTERS which became one of the best selling jazz/funk recordings ever. The Headhunters band with Mike Clark replacing Harvey Mason (drums), worked with Hancock on a number of other albums, including, THRUST, MANCHILD, FLOOD, SECRETS and SUNLIGHT. Singer Tony Adamo is a Strokeland Record artist. Strokeland is owned by Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka, co-founder of the super funk horn band Tower of Power. Get ready for the new Headhunter CD, PLATINUM, and get hip to the infectious slice of funk and boogie beats on Tony Adamo’s regroove of Tower’s “What is Hip.” http://www.owlstudios.com/
Singer Tony Adamo @ # 4 with What is Hip http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdownloads_day.php?day=30
Singer Tony Adamo's What is Hip moves up to #4 on alllaboutjazz Top MP3 Downloads in the Last 30 Days
'What Is Hip' is Tony Adamo's exuberant jazzy take on Tower of Power's funk classic. Adamo and his producer/guitarist Jerry Stucker take Tower of Power's classic funk number and give it a more sinewy vibe, elasticizing the vocals and the bass, while crackling up the song's more timpanic elements. This exuberantly selfassured remake recalls the Acid Jazz insouciance of the early 90s while harkening back to the Big Band era and the Vegasy stylings of suave masters of selfconfidence such as Tom Jones and Al Jarreau. Adamo has a brash selfassuredness and a sense of showmanship that's neither unearned nor in your face. Devon Jackson, Magazine Editor Freelance Music Journalist- The Village Voice to Rolling Stone and Details. http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/jazzdown... http://www.strokeland.com/StrokelandJazz...
What Is Hip? (S Kupka, E Castillo, D Garibaldi : BobALew Songs ASCAP) Vocal/Hipspokenword Tony Adamo Drums Mike Clark Bass Richie Goods Piano Neil Larsen Guitar Jerry Stucker Percussion Bill Summers Bari Sax Stephen Doc Kupka Trumpet Eddie Henderson Background Vocals Sandy Griffith Midi Programming Jerry
Over the last few weeks, much more has been learned about the factors and the people behind the decision to drop the Latin Jazz Grammy category In response and in solidarity with other music communities, we have now reopened the Petition demanding the NARAS leadership to rescind this action, and restore the Grammy Awards for all these categories, and not just for Latin Jazz. If you know of musicians and supporters from other music communities, please feel free to circulate the petition. The link again is:
This issue has also Blues, Jazz, Cajun & Zydeco, Rock, Native American, Mexican, Polka, and other music communities and cultures across the country. One of the most disappointing discoveries was to find that none of the NARAS’ Membership or local Chapters were even consulted about this action. There will be more information coming soon.
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Dig singer-songwriter Tony Adamo's song “Rhythm of Your Love from his CD, WHAT IS HIP. Adamo's smooth cut has made the playlist on the popular syndicated radio show, SoundTraxx with Mark Stanley. The Lineup for Rhythm of Your Love”:
Vocal - Tony Adamo Drums - James Gadson Bass - Reggie McBride Piano - Rodney Franklin Guitar - Jerry Stucker Percussion - Kenneth Nash Sax - Skip Mesquite Trombone - Mic Gillette Background Vocals - Sandy Griffith Midi Programming - Jerry Stucker
Join veteran broadcaster Mark Stanley on a unique cookin' soul groove journey into Smooth Jazz, adding the ideal mix of Jazz ingredients, including R&B, Chill, House, and Soul... www.soundtraxxwithmarkstanley.com/
Tony Adamo's video What Is Hip brings both ole school and new music together as it provides us with an Interesting view of the group Tower of Power performing their original hit What Is Hip, and showcasing an incredibly impressive rhythm section in the process. Adamo does a great job speaking about the group and explaining the history of 70's music and the Oakland, California groove, and it's obvious that he has much respect for both. The video then segways to scenes of Adamo performing his version of What Is Hip. It's always great to see today's musicians giving respect to those who came before them, and Adamo is deep in the groove with a new conception of voice n' funk with an infectious slice of soul. This track is a fantastic mid-tempo blending of jazz and funk, keeping you in its grasp from beginning to end. There are no computer tricks here-only real music from real musicians that will make you move to the bass, guitar, piano, trumpet, drums, sax and background vocals. Many props go out to both Tower Of Power and Tony Adamo on this one
Veteran crooner Tony Adamo, with his own jazzy/bluesy style of successfully taking a tune to whatever level he chooses, does a wonderful job of doing just that here with his latest, What Is Hip? Why that title? One guess. You got it! He’s recruited a couple of members of the notorious Tower of Power to help out on a few tracks on this project. Can’t do a thing but help, right?
The rhythm is snappy, bluesy, jazzy, bright, and full of character that Adamo always brings to every studio visit. One listen to the lead track, “Cold Duck Time (Groove On Line),” Rhythm of Your Love,” Grover’s “Make Me a Memory,” TOP’s poppin’ classic “What is Hip?,” and the oh-so-smooth-and-melodic “Ecstasy,” and you’ve got the picture.
These tracks are quite simply superb selections by one who knows how to pick ‘em and how to write ‘em. One who knows how to feel ‘em and be able to tell if they’re “ripe” enough for his listening public. He generally doesn’t miss. The good ones seldom do.
In addition to writing really appealing originals, what Adamo does to the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby” is remarkable. He makes a statement. There are other covers here that he does quite well (Richard Torrance’s “Rio De Janiero Blue” and The Temptations’ “The Way You Do The Things You Do” are two), but this one deserves a standing ovation.
Back to those catchy originals, “Nine Miles of Blue,” quite possibly my favorite here with its blues flavor, takes on the soul in places where real bluesmen live. The Hammond, the horns, Adamo’s vocals, and the melody all hook and just stay with you. I’m sure that was his intent, and it worked. He follows that with an upbeat yet still rather bluesy track, “Mystery,” which takes off in a funky kinda way with plenty of attitude.
Adamo closes with the Tower of Power team behind him as they belt out the TOP original “This Time’s It’s Real,” which will make a believer out of any doubter. Adamo is back with a swagger and a product in hand that should easily sell itself.
Think Lou Reed but funkified -Smoothjazz.com
Straight Up Deal reveals the vocal talents of a superior singer. -Edward Blanco
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