Monday, June 22, 2015

CDs of Note - Short Takes By Ken Franckling/Tony Adamo & the New York Crew

CDs of Note - Short Takes By Ken Franckling/winner of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for excellence in music journalism and is a contributing writer/photographer for United Press International, JazzTimes, Down Beat, SWINGJournal and other publications.
Taking a look at new CDs by Tony Adamo & the New York Crew, Dave Bass, Maria Schneider, Chris Washburne and Kenny Werner….
Tony Adamo, Tony Adamo & The New York Crew (Urbanzone)
There are many people who play and sing within the jazz tradition today, but there are few real hipsters. Count vocalist Tony Adamo among the truly hip. He uses his music and words delivered in what he calls “vocal hipspokenword” to tell Kerouac-style stories that deliver portraits of the jazz scene, some of its giants and a few characters and players we get to know better through his art. Adamo has an all-star support team here, including drummer Mike Clark, bassist Richie Goods, alto saxophonist Donald Harrison, trumpeter Tim Ouimette, percussionist Bill Summers and pianist Michael Wolff, with drummer Lenny White and guitarist Jean Santalis joining on one track apiece. Favorites: “Gale Blowin High” (an aural portrait of trumpeter Eddie Gale), an Eddie Harris ode on “Listen Here Listen Up” and an Art Blakey tribute called “Messengers Burnin.” Dig its hip musicality.

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