Sunday, September 29, 2013

Tony Adamo and What Is Hip? is old school turned new cool! Funky is as funky does! 5 Stars

Tony Adamo and What Is Hip? is old school turned new cool! Funky is as funky does! Brent Black / What is hip? Indeed... The standard rule of thumb would be that what is hip is best defined by the style of the time. After being the first critic to shed a much needed and well deserved light on his latest release Miles of Blu, Tony Adamo makes hippness a zen like state of mind. To paraphrase the great musical philosopher Frank Zappa, "You are what you is." What is Hip? could easily be considered a perfect book end to Miles of Blu. This 2011 release is a most righteous hybrid of rock, soul, funk with improvisational vocal style that is a smoldering groove. Is it new? No...It isn't supposed to be. What Is Hip? revitalizes the old school sound of say Muscle Shoals meets Tower of Power with a modern twist and straight ahead direction that makes the end result a unique mirror image of one the hippest people I personally know on the planet being Adamo. One of my greatest influence as a critic, Robert Hilburn from the Los Angeles Times once said you never become friends with an artist unless you are working on some sort of project together just in case you have to be the bearer of bad news one day. Those that get me know that my philosophy has always been you work your side of the street and I'll work mine. Tony Adamo is cut from a similar cloth, he is just presented his contribution his way and with his own style and it doesn't get any more real than that. Notable contributions here include, "Cold Duck Time" along with "What Is Hip?" and "Nine Miles Of Blue." Tony Adamo is never going to win male vocalist of the year and that may be one of the many reasons this release pops so well straight out of the gate. Perhaps guest artists such as Steve Gadd and members of the Tower of Power horn section along with long time friend in drummer/producer Mike Clark help give you that winning edge but talent always wins out. What is Hip? is an entertaining and seriously soulful romp through some righteous tunes with a set of A list musicians banging out a groove you can use. Tony Adamo is indeed hip! Tracks: Cold Duck Time; 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; This Time It's Real. Personnel: Tony Adamo: Vocal/Hip Spoken Word; Steve Gadd: Drums; Reggie McBride: Bass; Neil Larsen: Organ; Jerry Stucker: Guitar, Midi Programming; Robert Quintana: Percussion; Melecio Magdaluyo: Sax; Sandy Griffith: Background Vocals; James Gadsen: Drums; Rodney Franklin: Piano; Kenneth Nash: Percussion; Skip Mesquite: Sax; Mic Gillette: Trombone; Henry Hung: Trumpet/ Trombone; Mike Clark: Drums; Richie Goods: Bass; Bill Summers: Percussion; Stephen Doc Kupka: Bari Sax; Eddie Henderson: Trumpet; Blackbyrd McKnight: Guitar; John Costalupes: Bass.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Tony Adamo on Top 200 Jazz Musician Profiles on ALLABOUTJAZZ

Top 200 Jazz Musician Profiles on ALLABOUTJAZZ Miles Davis @#1 Tony Adamo Vocal/Hipspoken Word Artist @#199

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Steve Edwards King Of Soul Radio

Website: Steve Edwards King of Soul Radio Want to jump start your AM? Want to get down with the king of Soul Radio? Then dig Steve "Las Vegas" Edwards every Saturday from 7:00AM to 10:00AM on radio KUNV. Steve Edwards is a smooth operator layin' down soul sounds of yesterday, today and beyond. Funk, jazz and reggae are in his hip mix. Get back jack the funk is back. The Steve Edwards Soul Show will trip your mind into the stratosphere of Soul n' Groove music. Be there don't be square. 7:00am to 10:00AM on KUNV Radio. The Steve Edwards Soul Show Pitts Gambino Another PR Gig New York,NY

Tony Adamo In the tradition of Kerouac Mark Murphy and Gil Scott

Legendary Drummer 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