Tenor saxophonist Amadee Castenell plays smooth jazz with support from electric bass & guitar, keyboards & synths, and a drummer's back beat rhythms. Melodic, with acoustic piano fills and guitar doubling, Castenell's tenor takes center stage throughout the session. The leader has recorded with Lee Dorsey, The Neville Brothers, Dr. John, and Johnny Adams; her reverence of the melody is no surprise. Castenell's tone is full and bright; the emphasis on a melody is quite appropriate.
Bill Summers supplies a driving conga beat on "Always There For You" and "Afro" Williams does the same for Castenell's "Buda." The latter includes Chris Severin's driving electric bass riff as well. "The End of the Day" houses a spiced-up rhythmic concept familiar through contemporary blues while the band lays down a charged background for Castenell's tenor. Picking up the flute for pianist Chuck Chaplin's "Angels," the leader floats aloft over an exciting Brazilian samba atmosphere.
With Allen Toussaint, Castenell composed "Alley Cat Strut" to highlight his soulful expression and charming lightweight movements. The saxophonist's debut recording session as leader swings rhythmically, maintains popular harmonies, and gives full attention to his likable tenor sound.
Track Listing: Just Like You; In the Hood; Crystal; Always There for You; Angels; Amacasino; You Dirty F Minor, You; Buda; The End of the Day; Shine; Alley Cat Strut; Maui Moon.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.