Strokeland Jazz is proud to welcome TONY ADAMO's new CD, "WHAT IS HIP?". On this follow-up to his 2007 release, "STRAIGHT UP DEAL" , Adamo shows a maturity and depth that puts him firmly at the top in his trademark cool-jazz style.
Recorded and mixed at some of the finest studios in the world, including Capitol Records in Hollywood, the audio quality is absolutely stunning. The songs benefit from the expert ears of Grammy-winning engineer and producer, AL SCHMITT, along with other world-class engineers and producers, including ERIK ZOBLER, ED CHERNEY, and JERRY STUCKER. Not content to merely cover classic songs by TOWER OF POWER, the BEATLES, and other great artists, producer JERRY STUCKER guides the project with class and creativity to turn these songs into something completely new, yet comfortably familiar.
The recording of the song “What is Hip” on Adamo's new CD came from a suggestion made by the legendary horn player and Tower of Power co-founder, STEPHEN 'DOC' KUPKA. During a recording session with Adamo and his producer/guitarist, JERRY STUCKER, Doc suggested several TOP songs that Adamo might want to cover.
Adamo chose “What is Hip” and “This Time it’s Real.” Kupka, along with jazz great EDDIE HENDERSON hold up the horn section on “Hip.” In the re-grooved “This Time It’s Real,” MIC GILLETTE, funk icon in his own right, wrote the horn arrangement and plays trumpet and trombone along with TOP member TOM E. POLITZER on tenor sax. Politzer plays tenor sax with Doc Kupka on bari sax.
It’s midnight… there’s still possibility in the air and energy in your bones… you grab your iPod to search for the right soundtrack… Tony Adamo's WHAT IS HIP? will be the one you want for such a soulful night. A richly sophisticated, musky collection of 13 intoxicating tracks. The former radio announcer turned Hollywood agent turned singer/songwriter has gathered together his original seductive tunes with some of his favorites including The Beatles “Eleanor Rigby,” Randy Crawford’s classic “Rio de Janeiro Blue” and of course the album’s namesake, Tower of Power’s “What Is Hip?” It’s a raw, sexy and funky blast alluding to the past with a scintillating jazz sensibility that heats up the vibe intensely… the word ‘smoldering’ comes to mind. Organic ingredients include A-listers Jerry Stucker, Steve Gadd, Neil Larsen, Freddie Washington and TOP’s Doc Kupka. Jazz lovers and unique vocal aficionados who appreciate edgy and interesting voices like Lou Reed and Tom Waits’ will dig what Tony’s laying down here… hipness is what it is! ~SANDY SHORE smoothjazz.com
Back when my wife and I were recording Winter in December of 2005, our recording engineer Bond said the slip jig "Fig for a Kiss" sounded like soundtrack music.
OK - I'll bite. Have a listen on my page and let me know what you would film over this "soundtrack." Let's see if we can get the script for an amusing 3.5 minute movie.
I think it's called "irony."
I'm usually dressed in black and folks have described me as having "an intensity problem," and being "intimidating."
I though it would be cute to take on a pen-name that denotes my aspirations (wisdom and a sense of humor) rather than my my current short-comings.
For an atheist, I do a fair amount of reading on Zen, which helps me look at life from a different angle. It helps to sit and contemplate nothing when my Rewire stack in Reason bombs out my ProTools LE 7.4.