Tony Adamo

Reviewed by Kirpal Gordon (reprinted from Jazz Times) The killin’ist thing about Tony Adamo & the New York Crew is that everybody in the band, especially the dope rhyme sayer, has got big ears all the way back to New Orleans and ancient-forward into the ever-evolving Multi-New Thing. It’s big ears working together that’s keeping this CD in Jazzweek's Chart Top 200 List since its release, a totally unheard of phenomenon for jazz-spoken word collaborations.

Although singing the talents and wonders of the giants who make this music immortal is nothing new, Adamo and the New York Crew pour out on these eleven tracks joyous lagniappes of praise, the song-cup running over with each additional solo. It’s one thing to express an artful appreciation of the Jazz Messengers, for example, in a song, but it’s a whole other monster of tribute when the band rocks Blakey’s sound so righteously. Former Headhunter Mike Clark (drummer, co-writer and producer) swings beyond emulation into stratospheric celebration and the whole band follows as Adamo catalogues the great players who have graced the bandstand with Bu. Tony lays out, the alto sax and trumpet blend beautifully and piano, trumpet, sax all solo before he reappears and everyone trades eights.

Like Sun Ra said, “Space is the place,” and Tim Ouimette, musical arranger, co-writer and trumpeter, masterfully spaces things so that each praise song layers in many textures and qualities. Bassist Richie Goods, pianist Michael Wolff and percussionist Bill Summers round out the rhythm section, all of whom have worked with the songwriting team of Adamo and Clark previously. The ease, grace and Old School range of the band is further enriched by Donald Harrison on alto saxophone, who brings his own Big Easy roots perspective to this praise-the-trad project. Indeed, the players deliver context, fusing the lyrical phrases of Adamo with the living musical tradition.

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5 STARS/ALLABOUTJAZZ ”Tony Adamo and the New York Crew is a romp—a fascinating and swinging vision seen through the hippest and most talented of Ray-Bans. Double dig?”

5 STARS/AMAZON ”For this album Tony and his Crew deliver what is essentially eleven short films, each one painting a stunningly visual portrait of a fascinating world and some of its most captivating and compelling denizens. Driven on a soundtrack of explosively spirited and utterly delightful music, the spectacularly imaginative screenplay is depicted through a prism that Tony Adamo calls Vocal/HipSpokenWord.”

5 STARS/ IMPROVIJAZZATION ”Tony & th’ players definitely know how to convey that PHONK & keep it from ever draggin’ ya’ down (no matter how blues it gets); my personal favorite, to be sure! Tony’s GOT that soul & ain’t afraid to pass it on to ya’…

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Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

Was Out Jazz Zone Mad

Ropeadope Records
2018

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Modern Soul Sauce

Modern Soul Sauce

Urbanzonerecords
2017

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Tony Adamo & The New York Crew

Tony Adamo & The New...

Urbanzone Records
2015

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Miles of Blu

Miles of Blu

Random Act Records
2013

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What is Hip?

What is Hip?

Urbanzone Records
2011

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Hey Lou

Hey Lou

Urbanzone Records
2009

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Make It Rain Love My Way

Make It Rain Love My Way

Tony Adamo
Modern Soul Sauce

Sonic Henderson

Sonic Henderson

Tony Adamo
Tony Adamo And The NY Commission

General T

General T

Tony Adamo
Tony Adamo And The New York Crew

Listen Here Listen Up

Listen Here Listen Up

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Hotel 99

Cold Duck Time

Cold Duck Time

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What is Hip?

Funkin' At The Chickin' Shack

Funkin' At The Chickin' Shack

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Miles of Blu

Sun Ra Rockets to Mars

Sun Ra Rockets to Mars

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Miles of Blu

Tickin Clock

Tickin Clock

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Miles of Blu

Nine Miles of Blu

Nine Miles of Blu

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Nine Miles of Blu

What is Hip?

What is Hip?

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What is Hip?

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