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For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. As an ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his wide-ranging rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists Jeff Parker, Nels Cline and Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, ROVA saxophonist Larry Ochs, and Tin Hat clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz. While rooted in the San Francisco Bay Area scene, Amendola has woven a dense and far-reaching web of bandstand relationships that tie him to influential artists in jazz, blues, rock and new music

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Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams

Read "Hanksgiving: Jazz Tributes to Hank Williams" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Do you sympathize with the plight of the turkeys? Do family reunions bring you anxiety? Then forget about Thanksgiving! Mondo Jazz is here to help you switch to Hanksgiving, with two hours of Jazz tributes to the great Hank Williams, the only singer who is more American than pumpkin pie! This week we have ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Amendola, Wil Blades: Scott Amendola Vs Wil Blades: Greatest Hits

Read "Scott Amendola Vs Wil Blades: Greatest Hits" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Il titolo del disco è ironico perchè il duo Blades-Amendola, pur esistendo da un decennio, non ha mai sfondato presso il grande pubblico e questo è il suo primo disco. Eppure dopo l'ascolto dell'album potreste chiedervi il perchè. Wil Blades è da anni indicato dai critici di Down Beat tra i migliori organisti emergenti ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Jeff Parker: Slight Freedom

Read "Slight Freedom" reviewed by Dave Wayne

One is tempted to think of Jeff Parker as the first guitar anti-hero. He's a subtle player, first and foremost, not given to showy pyrotechnics and rapid-fire flights of plectral fancy. His chameleonic, almost self-effacing, presence on recordings by Tortoise, Joey DeFrancesco, Isotope 217, Fred Anderson, the Brian Blade Fellowship, Peter Erskine, Nicole Mitchell, Yo La ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Scott Amendola vs. Wil Blades: Greatest Hits

Read "Greatest Hits" reviewed by Doug Collette

Hardly the adversarial enterprise its billing implies, Greatest Hits is not keyboardist Wil Blades' first duo with a master percussionist: he recorded Shimmy (Amulet, 2012) with Billy Martin (of Medeski, Martin & Wood fame) in 2012. And any music lover who relished Martin's somewhat more abstract collaboration with keyboardist Medeski, Mago (Amulet, 2007) will be nevertheless ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Nels Cline: Lovers

Read "Lovers" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

No one can accuse guitarist Nels Cline of being predictable. He has recorded with his avant-garde trio the Nels Cline Singers most consistently (with bassist Devin Hoff and drummer Scott Amendola), but also led larger groups, such as the one on New Monastery (Cryptogramophone, 2006). More recently there was his duet with guitarist Julian Lage on ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Gary Monheit and Dan Krimm: New Shoots

Read "New Shoots" reviewed by Mike Oppenheim

New Shoots , recorded in January 2015, is the most recent offering from fretless bassist Dan Krimm, featuring pianist Gary Monheit with drummer Scott Amendola filling out the trio. New Shoots features eight original tracks, all of which are composed either by Krimm or Monheit. The two share a compositional vision, which lends a ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Uno sguardo alla chitarra nel jazz contemporaneo

Read "Uno sguardo alla chitarra nel jazz contemporaneo" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

La chitarra è ormai da decenni uno degli strumenti più popolari e diffusi nel jazz; tanti sono stati, e sono tuttora, gli interpreti di questo strumento, protagonisti di un suo progressivo affrancamento dalle iniziali convenzioni per arrivare a renderlo sempre più libero e trasversale, al servizio di una maggiore e completa espressività del musicista che lo ...

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San Jose Comics Shop Host Erik Deutsch And The Jazz Outlaws on July 14 at 7:30pm

San Jose Comics Shop Host Erik Deutsch And The Jazz Outlaws on July 14  at 7:30pm

Erik Deutsch and the Jazz Outlaws will be making jny: San Jose's The Art Boutiki a stop on their current west cost tour, bringing their brand of country influenced jazz into one of the most unique venues in the country. Having first come to prominence as a member of the funk-jazz collective Fat Mama, Brooklyn-based pianist ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2015, Part 2

Read "Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville 2015, Part 2" reviewed by Mike Chamberlain

Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada May 16-17, 2015 Part 1 | Part 2 The site of the Pavilion Arthabaska, a chalet on a hill above the town, is a popular spot in Victoriaville (think lookout and make out), not a place that is obvious ...


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