07/15/13 By Tony Adamo
BEFORE RAP, THERE WAS…Tony Adamo: Miles of Blu
CD Review/Miles of Blu/Jazz Weekly
You think rap (did I ever tell you the perfect radio station for it? K-RAP?) was the first music to offer the street scene? Forget it! Guys like Tony Adamo, and before him, Gil Scott-Heron tell BETTER stories, with a BETTER rhyme and with FAR BETTER musicians. Adamo on this disc celebrates the vibe, the attitude and the stars of the jazz scene on this disc with heavy hitters like Mike Clark/dr, Tim Ouimette/brass, Steve Homan/g and other cats with a rubber neck. His own tunes have a funky feel, and like the best street preachers, he tells the story like he means it. Homages to James Brown and Miles Davis sound right on the mark with Adamo dodging and ducking the lyrics like Floyd Patterson, and while the “America R We Free” tells me that Adamo could use a few economic books by Thomas Sowell, his streetwise readings of a couple Tower of Power tunes, particularly “Soul Vaccination” is a perfect update of a similar attitude.
More Articles in Community Articles
Billy Childs Quartet Dinner Jazz Concert
M.F. Production's Latin Jazz All Start Dinner Jazz Concert
One Astounding Cat: Alto Saxophonist Jon Katz
57th GRAMMY NOMINATIONS RECOGNIZE NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY MUSICIANS
Jazz Crooner Michael Egleton Dazzles Fans Worldwide!
Michelle "Chella" Magee
iTUNES NAMES THE COOKERS "TIME AND TIME AGAIN" THE 2014 "JAZZ ALBUM OF THE YEAR"!!, NEW WEBSITE LAUNCHED, WINTER JAZZFEST PERFORMANCE ANNOUNCED!
Jason Paul Harman Byrne