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Tony Adamo and the New York Crew

by Tony Adamo & The New York Crew

"Another Vocal jazzy spoken-hop tour through the musical past. Tony Adamo, who seems to have become the undisputed heavyweight historian and champion of all things jazzy and funky." --Devon Jackson,Entertainment Weekly and The Village Voice
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1. Gale Blowin' High
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2. City Swings
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3. Buddhist Blues
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4. You Gotta B Fly
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5. Mama's Meat Pies
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6. To Bop or Not to Be
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7. Picasso At Midnite
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8. Wisdom of Oz
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9. Listen Here Listen Up
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10. General T
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11. Messengers Brunin
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"As vocalist, Adamo's exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy , has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and content . There's no hand or lip jive; the " Vocal hipspokenwords" are performed as dit-dot tight as the horns and infectious rhythms behind him. He channels the "Beat" poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron."
-- Nicholas Mondello, Allaboutjazz

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Tony Adamo and the New York Crew- YOU GOTTA’ B FLY:
Tony Adamo and the New York Crew- YOU GOTTA’ B FLY: It’s just not that often that I get this “hepped up”… Tony’s spoken/hip word is too much to pass by without reviewing it right away… so, this went right to the top of the review stack! As you listen to his superlative vocal skills on the fantastic opener, “Gale Blowin’ High“, you’ll become “instantly hip” – even if you never heard jazz like this before. The players behind each of the eleven tunes join right in, & it’s not like most albums of this nature, where the players are “behind” the vocal hipster…. they OWN these pieces, just as strongly as Tony does! “Mama’s Meat Pies” is right on DOW-un, bringing back memories of some of the steamiest sessions THIS kat has ever had… ha! ha! It was the 5:31 “Listen Here Listen Up” that took me all the way down mem’ry lane, though… remembering players like Eddie Harris (one of my own jazz heroes from way back in’ th’ day)… Tony & th’ players definitely know how to convey that PHONK & keep it from ever draggin’ ya’ down (no matter how blues it gets); my personal favorite, to be sure! Tony’s GOT that soul & ain’t afraid to pass it on to ya’…. I give him a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) of 5.00… which means it also get the “PICK” of this YEAR for “best hip jazz”! Get more information about Tony & his super-hip works at his Urbanzone Records site. Rotcod Zzaj
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By NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO,

Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & The New York Crew (2015)
Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & The New York Crew (2015)
By NICHOLAS F. MONDELLO,
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Tony Adamo: Tony Adamo & The New York Crew
Some wit once quipped that when you go to Heaven, you hear the voice of God—who is actually imitating the late, great "movie trailer guy," Don LaFontaine. If that's so, for those jazzers entering the Heavenly corner reserved for bereted hipsters and late-night flipsters, Big G must assuredly be trying to cop Tony Adamo.

Now let's get this out at Bar One: Adamo, like Beluga caviar, is indeed and in deed an acquired taste. The prophet and proponent of "hipspokenword," his is a unique oral gumbo of supremely involving lyric, funky jazz talk, historical tilt, cultural commentary, and no-jive lingo. And on this effort, it is all infectiously served up over a bed of meticulously played white-hot jazz.

With Tony Adamo and the New York Crew, Adamo and his mates follow up his terrific Miles of Blu (2013, Random Act Records) and take things to an even hipper, higher performance level. This gang soars brilliantly across eleven selections that offer this rhapsode's poignant urban-hip Apple-jacked-up spoke-sung stuff, backed by a killer quintet. This is high-energy fruit that kicks tail right off with Adamo riffing on free jazz stalwart, Eddie Gale ("Gale Blowin High"). And, the intensity doesn't ever let up for ten more tracks, yo.

As hip and talented as Adamo is, the supporting ensemble is as muscular and swinging as its leader. Drummer Mike Clark, he of Headhunters fame, pushes this group rhythmically to extremes. Pianist Michael Wolff stretches out neatly at every corner and bassist Richie Goods drives things like a mad trainman. The front line horns of saxophonist Donald Harrison and trumpeter Tim Ouimette (who wrote the music and horn charts) are as swinging, funky and free as the Big Apple itself ("Buddhist Blues" "To Bop or Not to Be"). They cook hotter and with more intensity than a roomful of Cul-school white hats.

Adamo's "hipspokenword" street-seasoned lyrics and jazzman salutes emanate from his ballsy baritone and his hard, hard swing is narco-addictive ("Mama's Meat Pies" "Wisdom of Oz"). There's power and truth being dealt when this cat lets fur fly ("Picasso at Midnite," here told over Ouimette's solid free cries and Clark's fireworks). The addition of Eddie Harris's "Listen Here" complete with Harrison's blow and Adamo's vocal lines and the Art Blakey acknowledgement, "Messengers Burnin,' would have a subway rodent grab his lid, come up and see the light and head non-stop to catch the late show at the Blue Note.

Tony Adamo and the New York Crew is a romp—a fascinating and swinging vision seen through the hippest and most talented of Ray-Bans. Double dig?

Track Listing: Gale Blowin High; City Swings, Buddhist Blues; You Gotta B Fly; Mama's Meat Pies; To Bop or Not to Be; Picasso at Midnite; Wisdom of Oz; Listen Here Listen Up; General T; Messengers Burnin

Personnel: Tony Adamo: vocals, hipspokenword; Mike Clark: drums; Donald Harrison: alto saxophone; Tim Ouimette: trumpet;Michael Wolff: piano; Richie Goods: bass; Lenny White: drums (1); Bill Summers: percussion (1,4,5);Jean C. Santalis: guitar (4).

Record Label: Urbanzone Records

Style: Vocal
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AMAZON/By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on

`The hipness, swag and epitome of vocal cool all wrapped up in a to go bag!'
"As vocalist, Adamo's exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy , has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and content . There's no hand or lip jive; the " Vocal hipspokenwords" are performed as dit-dot tight as the horns and infectious rhythms behind him. He channels the "Beat" poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron." A righteous harmonic journey into the lyrical land of thy rhythm and groove. Old school meets new çool, a cross continental sonic excursion resulting in a beat you feel in your hips but hear with you're feet, this is a real down lyrical throw down! `

`True hipness is a most elusive substance, consistently pursued, often pretended and rarely captured. But make no mistake, Tony Adamo is HIP (capital letters demanded) in full evidence on his new Urbanzone Records album Tony Adamo & The New York Crew. Now we're not talking about some snap-brim fedora, hipster chic, cool attitude take on hipness - but the real deal. We're talking about Miles, Monk and Sonny trading fours after hours at the Five Spot, with Frank and Dino knocking back Jack on the rocks while Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Lord Buckley and Lenny Bruce riff on the world's absurdity - that kind of hip.'

For this album Tony and his Crew deliver what is essentially eleven short films, each one painting a stunningly visual portrait of a fascinating world and some of its most captivating and compelling denizens. Driven on a soundtrack of explosively spirited and utterly delightful music, the spectacularly imaginative screenplay is depicted through a prism that Tony calls Vocal/HipSpokenWord. Or as Tony states, `I would hope that my Vocal/HipSpoknWord story telling reaches across a wide music spectrum to hip old and new generations alike to my new genre of music.'

The ensemble is Tony Adamo - nu jazz vocal/hipspoken word, Mike Clark - drums, Michael Wolff - piano, Tim Ouimette -trumpet, Richie Goods, bass, Bill Summers - Percussion, and Donald Harrison - alto sax.

The tracks are as follows:
Gale Blowin High
City Swings
Buddhist Blues
You Gotta B Fly
Mama's Meat Pies
To Bop Or Not To Be
Picasso At Midnight
Wisdom of Oz
Listen Here Listen Up
General T
Messengers Burnin

A breath of fresh air and an invitation to listen with the heart as well as the mind. Grady Harp, March 15
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Tony Adamo & The New York Crew/5 Stars
Tony Adamo and the New York Crew- YOU GOTTA’ B FLY: It’s just not that often that I get this “hepped up”… Tony’s spoken/hip word is too much to pass by without reviewing it right away… so, this went right to the top of the review stack! As you listen to his superlative vocal skills on the fantastic opener, “Gale Blowin’ High“, you’ll become “instantly hip” – even if you never heard jazz like this before. The players behind each of the eleven tunes join right in, & it’s not like most albums of this nature, where the players are “behind” the vocal hipster…. they OWN these pieces, just as strongly as Tony does! “Mama’s Meat Pies” is right on DOW-un, bringing back memories of some of the steamiest sessions THIS kat has ever had… ha! ha! It was the 5:31 “Listen Here Listen Up” that took me all the way down mem’ry lane, though… remembering players like Eddie Harris (one of my own jazz heroes from way back in’ th’ day)… Tony & th’ players definitely know how to convey that PHONK & keep it from ever draggin’ ya’ down (no matter how blues it gets); my personal favorite, to be sure! Tony’s GOT that soul & ain’t afraid to pass it on to ya’…. I give him a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) of 5.00… which means it also get the “PICK” of this YEAR for “best hip jazz”! Get more information about Tony & his super-hip works at his Urbanzone Records site. Rotcod Zzaj
Read more...

AMAZON/By Grady Harp HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE on

`The hipness, swag and epitome of vocal cool all wrapped up in a to go bag!'
"As vocalist, Adamo's exciting, highly-energetic interpretations avoid any faux hip inflections. He swings soulfully heavy , has great rhythmic feel, and injects a soul vaccination across the date. His scripted dialog is powerful in presentation and content . There's no hand or lip jive; the " Vocal hipspokenwords" are performed as dit-dot tight as the horns and infectious rhythms behind him. He channels the "Beat" poets Jack Kerouac and Alan Ginsberg, and modern verbalists, Mark Murphy and Gil Scott-Heron." A righteous harmonic journey into the lyrical land of thy rhythm and groove. Old school meets new çool, a cross continental sonic excursion resulting in a beat you feel in your hips but hear with you're feet, this is a real down lyrical throw down! `

`True hipness is a most elusive substance, consistently pursued, often pretended and rarely captured. But make no mistake, Tony Adamo is HIP (capital letters demanded) in full evidence on his new Urbanzone Records album Tony Adamo & The New York Crew. Now we're not talking about some snap-brim fedora, hipster chic, cool attitude take on hipness - but the real deal. We're talking about Miles, Monk and Sonny trading fours after hours at the Five Spot, with Frank and Dino knocking back Jack on the rocks while Kerouac, Ferlinghetti, Lord Buckley and Lenny Bruce riff on the world's absurdity - that kind of hip.'

For this album Tony and his Crew deliver what is essentially eleven short films, each one painting a stunningly visual portrait of a fascinating world and some of its most captivating and compelling denizens. Driven on a soundtrack of explosively spirited and utterly delightful music, the spectacularly imaginative screenplay is depicted through a prism that Tony calls Vocal/HipSpokenWord. Or as Tony states, `I would hope that my Vocal/HipSpoknWord story telling reaches across a wide music spectrum to hip old and new generations alike to my new genre of music.'

The ensemble is Tony Adamo - nu jazz vocal/hipspoken word, Mike Clark - drums, Michael Wolff - piano, Tim Ouimette -trumpet, Richie Goods, bass, Bill Summers - Percussion, and Donald Harrison - alto sax.

The tracks are as follows:
Gale Blowin High
City Swings
Buddhist Blues
You Gotta B Fly
Mama's Meat Pies
To Bop Or Not To Be
Picasso At Midnight
Wisdom of Oz
Listen Here Listen Up
General T
Messengers Burnin

A breath of fresh air and an invitation to listen with the heart as well as the mind. Grady Harp, March 15
Read more...