"In 2016, where an always-connected generation screams for attention through new, often contrived definitions of “cool” and surprisingly predictable proclamations of uniqueness, singer and spoken word artist Tony Adamo arrives seemingly from nowhere as a true anachronism: a performer who is authentically “cool” in a timeless, almost reckless way that almost no popular artist today can match." SOULTRACKS
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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
New York, NY (Top40 Charts/ Tony Adamo official website) Since the deadline for a Grammy consideration stopped on August 28 of this year, Tony Adamo's vocal/hipspoken word artist profile on Allaboutjazz has jumped from nowhere to #191 on ABJ's top 200 most popular jazz artists list. He moved past Grover Washington JR, Kenny Dorham, Carlos Santana, and Cole Porter, all music greats.
Adamo's MILES OF BLU (MOB) CD is a hybrid of vocal jazz, funk and a new genre created by Adamo, "hipspoken word." MOB is produced by legendary drummer Mike Clark of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters and mixed and arranged by Tim Ouimette. MILES OF BLU is built on the wisdom of musical wizards like Gil-Scott Heron, Mark Murphy, Jack Kerouac and hip/hop masters. "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." Brent Black/@CriticalJazz. Tony Adamo is a Random Act Record Artist
For your Grammy Consideration/ Tony Adamo's Miles of Blu
Category: Spoken Word
Record Label: Random Act Records/ Produced by legendary drummer Mike Clark
"With Miles of Blu,vocalist and modern day rhapsode Tony Adamo and his outstanding supporting musicians deliver a hip, poignant and exciting recording. He covers both slick original material and specifically salutes Tower of Power, James Brown, great Hammond B3 players, beboppers, and jazz-funk groups. Adamo's pungent yet poetic social commentary—performed and described as "hipspokenword"—glides over tight funk and jazz backgrounds."
ALLABOUTJAZZ, Nicholas Mondello
For your Grammy consideration/ Tony Adamo's Miles of Blu
Category: Spoken Word
Record Label: Random Act Records
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Tony Adamo is all about THE FUNK. The Funk in the widest sense, from the Miles of "Walkin'" to Horace Silver, Jimmie Smith and the B-3 tradition and on to James Brown, Tower of Power, Parliament, and all of that a springboard for what goes on in the album Miles of Blu (Random Act 1012).
Start with drummer Mike Clark, rhythmical pivot point of Herbie Hancock's Headhunters band in their classic incarnation. He is still going strong. He produces the album, plays the drums on it, and presumably has much to do with assembling the excellent funk band that underpins and hips up the whole recording. They are on it! On it with some great horn riffs, hip guitar, grits and gravy B-3 and Mike laying it down.
And on top of it all is Tony Adamo, who has soul and lets it loose. He has his own brand of rap that channels the beat poets, so we get a series of word-poems that extols funk, sets the street vibe hipster thing winding out. He does a bit of singing in the blue-eyed soul mode in between recited-rapped lines, too. James Brown he isn't but he is nakedly himself here, and I appreciate the sincerity there. When it works, it works. And the band carries it throughout. Hey, and my wife digs it, which means something to me, because she has "people's ears," maybe more so than I do.
Tony has the right vision and gives it to us. Is this the greatest thing I've ever heard in the funk zone? No. But the hipness of the full band and Tony's exuberant hipster vibe give you something that makes you smile and tap your foot. Tappin' hard, brothers and sisters!
Posted by Grego Applegate Edwards at 7:13 AM
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