Thursday, May 30, 2013
"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!" @CriticalJazz
Monday, May 27, 2013
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
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Radio KTRJ plays Tony Adamo's music from Adamo's Miles of Blu/Random Act Records/ Produced by Mike Clark Michael Anthony Fernandez Hey Tony, I received the CD and I loved it! I added seven tracks to my station's playlist tonight! I'm looking forward to another great run for you on my station! Thanks so much for allowing me the pleasure of once again featuring your music!
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Tony Adamo Miles of Blu Five out of Five Stars/ Amazon.com 5.0 out of 5 stars Grooves Galore! A new Genre!!! May 21, 2013 Format:Audio CD Tony Adamo is a hip cat, a bad cat! His rhymes and rhythms will have you grooving for life! His words are pure truth -- He has invented an entirely new genre: "HipSpokenWord!" He sings a bit, but his main thing: The hip words. Produced by master drummer Mike Clark, of Wolff & Clark Expedition and HeadHunters fame, Tony is backed by an all-star aggregation of musicians. Players like bassist Richie Goods, trumpeter//arranger Tim Ouimette, organist Delbert Bump, pianist Michael Wolff and even Tower of Power's own funky doctor Stephen "Doc" Kupka all burn and groove on every track. Tony pays homage to James Brown ("JB"), discusses his country's ills ("America R We Free"), talks through a couple of Tower of Power tunes (a shuffling "Don't Change Horses" and the ever popular "What is Hip?"), speaks of Miles, Monk and bebop, and even zooms to Mars a la Sun-Ra! This is compelling stuff, inspired by the Beat Poets like Kerouac and Ginsberg, singer/songwriters like Gil-Scott Heron and Mark Murphy. Adamo deserves to be in their midst; he carries the torch admirably. This is thoughtful, grooving, burning music that is good for your head, your heart and your SOUL! BRAVISSIMO TONY! http://www.amazon.com/Miles-Blu-Tony-Adamo/dp/B00BV2B6GS/ref=cm_cr-... http://randomactrecords.com/
Saturday, May 18, 2013
"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.
"With MILES OF BLU Tony Adamo has created a new genre: “HipSpokenWord.” His powerful, relevant inventions float over grooves concocted by master drummer and producer Mike Clark, supported by a host of stellar musicians. MILES OF BLU illuminates the path to true hipness!" Random Act Records "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!" Steve Finch Strokeland Records/ Home to Stephen "Doc" Kupka co-founder of Tower of Power
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
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. http://www.strokeland.com/StrokelandJazz/TonyAdamo/MilesOfBlu/MilesOfBlu.htm http://www.randomactrecords.com/
Saturday, May 4, 2013
A Music Review of Tony Adamo's song JB/ Random Act Records Another jazzy spoken-hop tour through the musical past—this time dedicated to James Brown. Tony Adamo, who seems to have become the undisputed heavyweight historian and champion of all things jazzy and funky, here spends only about a third of the song doing his uniquely usual thang: spoken-word-scatting on the significance and greatness of The Hardest Working Man in Show Biz. And just when you think maybe Adamo ought not ot be singing—Gotta get up! Gotta get up!—the strength and the passion—always an infectious passion, which is the key to Adamo—bursts through on “Weeellll!” And then Adamo graciously steps off, giving the spotlight up, first to guitarist Steve Homan, who lays down an especially jazzy riff (while his bandmates keep up the JB references underneath) and second to organ master Delbert Bump. Bump’s solo takes up a good half of “JB”—a really good, very impressive, and super mellifluous song. The line up for JB. Tony Adamo Vocal/Hipspokenword-wrote lyrics Mike Clark-Drums Trumpet,Trombone-Tim Ouimette Bass-Richie Goods Bari Sax-Bill Harris Organ-Delbert Bump Guitar-Steve Homan Devon Jackson has written about music and film for a variety of publications from Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice to Rolling Stone and Details