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Scott Amendola

Scott Amendola

Many remember Scott Amendola as the funky backbeat in guitarist Charlie Hunter’s mid-’90s group. But the drummer’s musical interests have always been broad, and Amendola has been working on exploring that range with his own band for the past four years. The San Francisco Bay area-based Amendola says he has a “vision of having a band of people with strong personalities, where the music is composed and yet open.” That idea is nicely realized on his second album, Cry (Cryptogramophone).

“Before I played with Charlie, I had been playing more experimental music, along the lines of Ornette or Anthony Braxton,” Amendola says. “But I also always liked funk and jazz. When I met Charlie, I was pretty blown away by what he was doing. I did that for a while and T.J. Kirk, too, which was a blast,” referring to the jazz-funk band that released two albums on Warner Bros. in the mid-’90s. “After all that ended, I realized that if I started my own band, I could probably get that [jazz-funk] audience. But I started writing, and other stuff started coming out.”

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