Tony Adamo & Mike Clark – Rollin’ To #1
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Tony Adamo continues in his role of “hip spoken word” poet, raconteur. and historian of funky, R&B-influenced Jazz with a tribute to saxophonist Eddie Harris.
Harris, who passed away in 1996, was a prolific and creative artist. He recorded albums for more than 35 years, including the Grammy-nominated 1969 live album Swiss Movement with pianist Les McCann, and composed numbers like Freedom Jazz Dance, a tune that was covered by many artists including Miles Davis.
Listen Here, Listen Up is a tune from Adamo’s upcoming CD scheduled for release sometime in 2015. It’s a nod to another popular Harris composition, Listen Here. Tony is joined by Mike Clark on drums, Tim Ouimette on trumpet, Michael Wolff on piano, Richie Goods on bass, Bill Summers on percussion, and Donald Harrison on alto sax.
This tune, like many others, backs up jazz critic Brent Black’s observation that “Tony Adamo is the perfect improvisational storm!” Compared to a lot of other music out there, Adamo’s definitely makin’ it re
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Singer/Hip Spokenword artist Tony Adamo has gone to the top of the charts at allaboutjazz.com with his new conception on vocal/spokenword song “9 Miles of Blu.” “9 Miles of Blu” was produced by legendary drummer Mike Clark formerly of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters. ”9 Miles of Blu” has been at #1 on the allaboutjazz.com charts for the last ten days. Adamo’s remake of the Tower of Power classic “What is Hip” is at #22 in the top 50 most downloaded songs on allaboutjazz.com charts for top songs for 2011.
The esteemed Clark is also on board as producer for Adamo’s unreleased CD, “9 MILES OF BLU,” in which Tony Adamo pays a verbal homage to Dizzie Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and other widely recognized jazz masters who led the way for the music we enjoy today. “There is energy and honor and wonder in Adamo’s words, especially in the fluid alliterative syncopated way the words reflect the inspiration that jazz gave him. Using cleverly smooth but complex combinations of jazz melodies, “9 Miles of Blu” is a funky, jazzy get in your face groove. Complementing Adamo’s nimble vocals are Mike Clark and guitarist Steve Homan, both of whose equally homage-ist beats and licks, respectively, are hip clean and entirely their own.” Devon Jackson, Rolling Stone & Village Voice