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Love this ! Just Love it!! There's enough jazz feel here to keep the purists among us from writing the album off as 'funk','soul'or some other category they feel themselves too superior to acknowledge (Oh Yes, Tony, I do know my listeners!) and plenty of feeling to stir the blood of the real people. In any event some of the choices of guest players is inspired, as is the playlist's standards inclusions, I have always loved "Stolen Moments", and if I have the feeling Oliver Nelson might not have used the phrase "useless bum", what do I know? I also have a strong belief that it ought to be illegal to make a jazz album without "Speak Low" on it. To close; I have not only a late night jazz show, but also a daytime talk and interview gig where segments are separated by what I like to think of as music that speaks of the show's light hearted intelligence; "Straight Up Deal" has figured in both to equal effect. The very best of good fortune to you. Don Smith 3RPP FM (98.7 & 98.3 FM) Mornington, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Tony Adamo is Soul Funkin' at Studio Trilogy
Fred Harris, Urbanzone Productions
Los Angeles, California
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Strokeland record artist, Tony Adamo and his guitarist/producer, Jerry Stucker, recently recorded at Studio Trilogy, San Francisco, California. Stucker was at the recording helm with Justin Lieberman co-owner of Studio Trilogy, assisting. Stephen “Doc” Kupka, co-founder of the super- funk group, Tower of Power, and Mike Clark of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters were there to record on Adamo’s new CD release. “Doc“ Kupka laid down his legendary bari sax groove while Mike Clark added his kool struttin’ drumming to Adamo's nu-soul vocal cover of the Temptations hit, "The Way You Do The Things You Do."
Also on this new CD release you will hear Clark’s drumming and Kupka’s horn playing on Adamo's innovative and totally out rendition of the Tower of Power hit, "What Is Hip." “Doc” Kupka who co-wrote this tune with Emilio Castillo said the following: "I love Tony’s version! He evokes the beatnik-bongo days of my youth and gives a whole new slant to a hard-charging funk tune. Congrats to both Tony Adamo and Jerry Stucker!"
More info on Tony Adamo at www.strokeland.com