"Adamo is like Lou Rawls fronting Tower of Power..."
-- "Stuart Hamilton, Amazon.co.uk
"Think Lou Reed, but funkified..."
-- "Sandy Shore, Smoothjazz.com
Tony Adamo is making some waves. The music press has been taking notice of this talented singer/songwriter's latest release, STRAIGHT UP DEAL. With all the confidence and poise of a seasoned entertainer and a true original, Adamo tackles jazz standards, Soul, and R&B with equal aplomb and adds his own inimitable style.
For Adamo's current release, STRAIGHT UP DEAL, producer Jerry Stucker brought in the hippest of the hip session players. Among them were Mic Gillette and Skip Mesquite of Tower of Power fame. Tony had befriended them both at a recording session with Dave Hartel, who was the organist for Lydia Pense and Cold Blood at the time. Several years later, when it came time to lay down the horn tracks for the session, Mic and Skip were called in for the session.
Mic then brought in Stephen 'Doc' Kupka, who further funkified the horn section on tunes "No Strings" and "Groove Therapy". The song "Groove Therapy" was written to honor Doc Kupka, and Tony found it beyond cool to have the Funky Doctor himself playing on the track.
Production on STRAIGHT UP DEAL is nothing short of world-class and none other than 19-time Grammy winning recording engineer and record producer Al Schmitt mixed several of the songs.
Strokeland Jazz welcomes Tony Adamo. Give STRAIGHT UP DEAL a listen for yourself and enjoy.