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Album Review

Scott Amendola Trio: Lift

Read "Lift" reviewed by Nick Millevoi

Scott Amendola is probably best known as the drummer with the Nels Cline Singers, a guitar trio with detailed compositions, high-energy improvisations, and an oft-exhibited ability to shift gears at a moment's notice. On Lift, his first album since 2005's Believe (Cryptogramophone), Amendola debuts his own take on the guitar trio format, with guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist John Shifflett. Most of his compositions follow standard jazz structures built upon mid-tempo grooves, with unique melodies that sit deep in the ...



Scott Amendola: Unlimited Possibilities

Read "Scott Amendola: Unlimited Possibilities" reviewed by Forrest Dylan Bryant

When Scott Amendola sits down at his drum kit, almost anything can happen. That's not mere hyperbole; it's a fact. From his base in Berkeley, California, Amendola provides the rhythmic drive for some of the most creative and acclaimed ensembles in the jazz avant- garde, including the Nels Cline Singers and his own Scott Amendola Band. But he's also the road drummer for the phenomenally popular singer Madeleine Peyroux. Throw in his work with Charlie Hunter and the funky quartet ...


Album Review

Scott Amendola Band: Believe

Read "Believe" reviewed by Michael McCaw

With instrumentation that includes up to 26 reverberating strings accompanying a drum kit, Scott Amendola's Believe has a lot of resonance. Comprised of Jenny Scheinman (violin), Nels Cline and Jeff Parker (guitars), John Shifflett (bass), and Amendola (drums, percussion and electronics); the album should stand as a high water mark for all types of music this year. Unusual instrumentation aside, Believe encompasses nine-minute ballads, alt-country leads, jazz freak out sections, and more, covering a lot of ground during its hour-plus ...


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