“'Doc' Kupka gets hip to Tony Adamo's "What is Hip"
"I love Tony’s version of "What Is Hip?". 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!" Stephen ‘Doc’ Kupka, Tower of Power co-founder
Singer/songwriter Tony Adamo and his producer/guitarist Jerry Stucker have re-grooved the Tower of Power (TOP) songs "What Is Hip" and "This Time It’s Real," and have added their unmistakable smooth groove to these TOP hit classics. Adamo and Stucker have reimagined "What Is Hip" in a totally fresh and hip style that pays homage to, but never attempts to duplicate, the classic Tower of Power original.
"What Is Hip" is a pleasant and refreshing project that reflects back on a legendary time in music history where REAL INSTRUMENTS were played. No Garage Band, Live, Fruity loops here buddy!
On top of that Tony and Jerry dared to cover one of the most famous songs to garner appeal from jazz enthusiasts, lovers of funk, and R&B. This is the type of music that SHOULD be on the radio as it was when "Tower Of Power" initially released it.
As I listened I was rewound back in time to pleasant summer days of my youth refining my skills as a percussionist. It was a time to be HIP and this was the anthem.
The song opens with funky percussion, light keys and spoken word which immediately grab your attention. The horn sections softly remind you of the "Tower Of Power" horns and the overall flow casts you back into the street scenes of movies like "Superfly, Car Wash, and Lady Sings the Blues". The song progresses at a hip pace, no rush, no pressure, we'll get there when we get there!
When we got to the end of the song I had to play it again until I finally downloaded it to my IPhone, got in my baby Benz and took to the streets of Manhattan, from The Trade Center in complex in lower Manhattan, up the West Side highway to 125th Street and i was Hip".
This one gets lot's of Stars **** out of five and I encourage you to visit their sites and buy both their current projects.
Urban AC radio and the few Jazz stations out there get on this one! You can believe we're playing it on Soundcheck!
Ken "Special K" Spellman
Founder / CEO - Soundcheck Incorporated
Ken Spellman - Founder / CEO - Soundcheck Incorporated
“Tony Adamo has signed a record deal with Random Act Records
Tony Adamo has signed a record deal with Random Act Records (RAR). Some of the outstanding artists Adamo will be joining are: Mike Clark, of Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Michael Wolff, former band leader for the Arsenio Hall show, Larry Coryell named by Musician Magazine as "one of the 100 greatest guitarists alive today, " Kenny Drew, Jr., as Jazziz Magazine says has a "brilliant distinctive style, " Carmen Intorre, Jr., Downbeat Magazine rates his new Cd at 31/2stars.
A recent review of one of Adamo's new songs from his upcoming release, MILES OF BLU on RAR states: "Adamo reaches into the pre-rap turf of Gil Scott-Heron here with this seductive too-short flash memoir about how he discovered jazz and its legendary envelope pushers – Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis. There's energy and honor and wonder in Adamo's words, especially in the fluid alliterative syncopated way the words reflect the inspiration that jazz gave him as an artist, as a human being." Devon Jackson, Village Voice Rolling Stone and Details
Legendary drummer, Mike Clark is the producer on Tony Adamo's hi-voltage vocals and Nu-Jazz Funk/Hipspokenword dialogue on MILES OF BLU Cd. So, can you dig it? Funk, bop, rock 'til ya drop! Random Act Record artists are at the top.
Frank Black, ADoubleLeft Hook PR Gig, NYC