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Tony Adamo's Exuberant Jazzy Take On Tower Of Power's Fun...

------------------ ------------------ ------------------ ------------------ -------- Adamo and his producer/guitarist Jerry Stucker take Tower of Power's classic funk number and give it a more sinewy vibe, elasticizing the vocals and the bass, while crackling up the song's more timpanic elements. This exuberantly self-assured remake recalls the Acid Jazz insouciance of the early 90s while harkening back to the Big Band era and the Vegas-y stylings of suave masters of self-confidence such as Tom Jones and Al Jarreau. Adamo has a brash self-assuredness and a sense of showmanship that's neither unearned nor in your face. You can almost picture him taking a drag from an unfiltered or sipping from a martini in between some of his spoken-word lines. And the arrangements are crisp, solid and spicy--punctuating Adamo's vocals and his been-there sung-that attitude. http://www.strokel and.com/ http://www.myspace .com/tonyrocadamo  (Oct 16, 2010 | post #1)

Tower of Power

Tower of Power/Tony Adamo

Two time Grammy winner Erik Zobler who has been the Engineer/Mixer for Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, George Duke, Donna Summer, Dianne Reeves, Al Jarreau, Yellowjackets, Jeffrey Osborne, and has just engineered and mixed new music for singer, Tony Adamo at the Village Recording Studio, Los Angeles, CA. Adamo's producer Jerry Stucker was assisting. www.strokeland.com http://jazztimes.c om/community/artic les/26403-singer-t ony-adamo-engineer -mixer-erik-zobler -producer-jerry-st ucker Read more: http://blogs.myspa ce.com/index.cfm?f useaction=blog.vie w&friendId=120 437080&blogId= 538237600#ixzz0wox fFat4  (Aug 16, 2010 | post #2)

Tower of Power

Tower of Power/Tony Adamo

http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=7LOr9 emJ0xU a comparison of the funk classic What Is Hip? by Tower Of Power and the remake by Tony Adamo http://www.youtube .com/watch?v=7LOr9 emJ0xU "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 www.strokeland.com www.myspace.com/to myrocadamo  (Jul 25, 2010 | post #1)

Smooth Jazz

Tony Adamo on Smoothjazz.com Radio

TONY ADAMO This Time It's Real (single) Strokland Records / UrbanZone Records Singer/songwriter and Strokeland Records recording artist, Tony Roc Adamo and producer/guitarist Jerry Stucker have teamed up to re-work Tower of Power’s tune, “This Time It’s Real.” The result is an intoxicating smooth groove that breathes new life into the TOP classic. Great minds think alike… as when the duo brought the remake idea to Tower’s Doc Kupka, he had already been thinking of ideas on retooling the tune! Reportedly Kupka was very impressed with the arrangement ideas on “This Time It’s Real” and gave the green light to re-record it. Not just that… but he also joined in the horn section in the recording session and is featured on the remake with current TOP saxman Tom Politzer as well as Mic Gillette along with A-List musicians including organist Neil Larson (Gregg Allman, BB King). The song is a smash and is currently being featured in high rotation on SmoothJazz.com Radio and will be included on Adamo’s 2010 album release. ~SANDY SHORE-smoothjazz.c om www.strokeland.com www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo  (Aug 20, 2009 | post #1)

Jazz-Funk

Tony Adamo's Soul Funk Session/Strokeland Records

Tony Adamo’s Soul Funk Session/Strokeland Records Fred E. Harris Los Angeles, CA Matt Boudreau’s Broken Radio Recording Studio, San Francisco, California was the perfect sound back drop for the soul funk artistry of singer-songwriter Tony Adamo’s smooth funk vocals and Jerry Stucker’s in the pocket production of a new cover for a Tower of Power (TOP) hit tune. The funky knockin’ song covered by Strokeland Record artist, Tony Adamo was written by Tower of Power co-founders, Stephen “Doc” Kupka and Emilio Castillo. This historical session was photographed by famed photographer, Mark Leialoha. When “Doc” got hip to this new Adamo/Stucker arrangement he was in the groove and immediately signed on for the horn section. Mic Gillette, who has arranged and recorded on six Adamo/Stucker songs, wrote a funk show time arrangement for this new cover. Tom E. Politizer of TOP was brought in to do the lead solo. This funkifided TOP horn section combination blew the roof right off the Broken Records Studio sending their funky musical vibes into the soundosphere! At the end of the recording session “Doc” suggested two more TOP songs for Adamo to cover. Keep your ear to the streets for more to come. www.strokeland.com www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo  (Apr 26, 2009 | post #1)

Acid-Jazz

- strokeland week on horndrivenradio.com!

STROKELAND WEEK ON HORNDRIVENRADIO.CO M! It's STROKELAND week on HornDrivenRadio.co m! That's right... nothing but real-deal East Bay Soul and jazz, Strokeland style... and it's available 24/7. Our good friends at HornDrivenRadio.co m are featuring ALL the Strokeland artists from now through next week. This is a perfect chance to discover a Strokeland artist that you weren't familiar with. Like Tony Adamo, Mic Gillette,Roger Smith,StrokeLand Super Band, John Lee Sanders or hear some of your favorites at work or at home. Stop by and listen and tell 'em Strokeland sent ya!‘Doc’ Kupka, the legendary baritone saxophonist and founding member of the super funk/rock band, Tower of Power (TOP), founded Strokeland in 1998 with Andy Ebon as Director of Operations. In 2006 Steve Finch took over as Director  (Mar 25, 2009 | post #1)

Acid-Jazz

tony adamo’s new groove cover on a tower of power tune

TONY ADAMO’S NEW GROOVE COVER ON A TOWER OF POWER TUNE Fred Harris, UrbanZone Records Los Angeles, CA Singer-songwriter, Tony Adamo’s producer, Jerry Stucker was back in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios and Mastering working on new music tracks for Adamo’s new CD release. In the mixed bag of Adamo/Stucker originals recorded at Capitol is a liquid cool cover of a song written by Tower of Power’s (TOP) Stephen “Doc” Kupka and Emilio Castillo. “Doc” was so funkified after hearing this fresh, new groove cover with Adamo’s distinctive, smooth funky vocals and Stucker’s in the pocket arrangement, that he immediately signed on to head up the horn section for this tune. Organist, Neil Larsen laid down his smooth funk grooves on this hip to the bone new jam while drummer, James Gadson boosted the beat and kept the funk rollin to this new funk pop hit to be. Tony Adamo recently became a Strokeland Record artist. Strokeland Records is owned by the legendary Stephen “Doc” Kupka of TOP fame. For more information on Tony Adamo go to www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo or www.strokeland.com  (Mar 25, 2009 | post #1)

Jazz-Funk

tony adamo’s new groove cover on a tower of power tune

STROKELAND WEEK ON HORNDRIVENRADIO.CO M! It's STROKELAND week on HornDrivenRadio.co m! That's right... nothing but real-deal East Bay Soul and jazz, Strokeland style... and it's available 24/7. Our good friends at HornDrivenRadio.co m are featuring ALL the Strokeland artists from now through next week. This is a perfect chance to discover a Strokeland artist that you weren't familiar with.Like Tony Adamo,Mic Gillette,John Lee Sanders,Roger Smith,Strokeland Super Band or hear some of your favorites at work or at home. Stop by and listen and tell 'em Strokeland sent ya!Stephen 'Doc’ Kupka, the legendary baritone saxophonist and founding member of the super funk/rock band, Tower of Power (TOP), founded Strokeland in 1998 with Andy Ebon as Director of Operations. In 2006 Steve Finch took over as Director www.strokeland.com www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo  (Mar 25, 2009 | post #2)

Jazz-Funk

tony adamo’s new groove cover on a tower of power tune

TONY ADAMO’S NEW GROOVE COVER ON A TOWER OF POWER TUNE Fred Harris, UrbanZone Records Los Angeles, CA Singer-songwriter, Tony Adamo’s producer, Jerry Stucker was back in Los Angeles at Capitol Studios and Mastering working on new music tracks for Adamo’s new CD release. In the mixed bag of Adamo/Stucker originals recorded at Capitol is a liquid cool cover of a song written by Tower of Power’s (TOP) Stephen “Doc” Kupka and Emilio Castillo. “Doc” was so funkified after hearing this fresh, new groove cover with Adamo’s distinctive, smooth funky vocals and Stucker’s in the pocket arrangement, that he immediately signed on to head up the horn section for this tune. Organist, Neil Larsen laid down his smooth funk grooves on this hip to the bone new jam while drummer, James Gadson boosted the beat and kept the funk rollin to this new funk pop hit to be. Tony Adamo recently became a Strokeland Record artist. Strokeland Records is owned by the legendary Stephen “Doc” Kupka of TOP fame. For more information on Tony Adamo go to www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo or www.strokeland.com  (Mar 25, 2009 | post #1)

Jazz-Funk

strokeland redords welcomes tony adamo!

2/21 - STROKELAND WELCOMES TONY ADAMO! Strokeland Jazz is proud to welcome singer/songwriter TONY ADAMO with his latest release, STRAIGHT UP DEAL. A talented vocalist with a unique style, Adamo tackles R&B and Soul tunes alongside jazz standards and never fails to bring a unique perspective and a funky groove. STRAIGHT UP DEAL features many world-class musicians, including Mic Gillette, Skip Mesquite, Paul Jackson, Mike Clark, and Strokeland's own Funky Doctor, Stephen 'Doc' Kupka, along with many more renowned players and is garnering national airplay. STRAIGHT UP DEAL includes a Tony Adamo/Jerry Stucker-penned tune called 'Groove Therapy' written as a tribute to Doc Kupka, and features the Funky Doctor himself on bari sax. Give 'Groove Therapy' a listen as our Song of the Day here on this page. www.strokeland.com  (Feb 27, 2009 | post #1)

Jazz-Funk

Tony Adamo in Top Selling Jazz-Funk CD's CDbaby

Top-Selling Jazz: Jazz-Funk albums (#171 - #210) SUPA LOWERY BROS: Street Bop Live Instruments with an original Hip Hop/Jazz feel. Recommended if you like The Roots, A Tribe Called Quest, Jill, scott. CD price: $15.97 TONY ADAMO: Straight Up Deal "Like Lou Rawls fronting Tower of Power" Stuart Hamilton Amazon.co.uk "Think Lou Reed but funkified" Smoothjazz.com "Straight Up Deal" reveals the vocal talents of a superior singer,Edward Blanco-Ejazznews Recommended if you like Tom Jones, Lou Reed, Lou Rawls. CD price: $11.99 / MP3 price: $9.99 SHEZ RAJA COLLECTIVE: Magica An intoxicating headcharge of experimental jazz-funk fusion with generous side orders of african, reggae, latin, drum&bass and arabic vibes. Organic lushness to incendiary meltdown. Recommended if you like Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller. CD price: $12.97 / MP3 price: $9.99 BOBBY SOUL: Draghi Rossi & Buchi Neri electro-funk in a dark though groovy mood from underground italian black music pioneer Recommended if you like Massive Attack, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers. CD price: $12.97 THE BLUE NOTES: Out of the Blue Jazz, Funk and Blues Recommended if you like John Scofield, Jimmy Smith. CD price: $12.97 / MP3 price: $9.99 J. STEINKOLER QUARTET: The Road Home "Every track brings a surprise and remains fresh after repeated listens. 'Something for everyone' is a promise rarely kept and usually suggests medoiocrity. Not so with The Road Home." (Allaboutjazz.com) Recommended if you like Pat Metheny, Michael Brecker, Charlie Hunter. CD price: $12.99 / MP3 price: $9.99 MICHAEL WARD: Continuum Smooth jazz with a touch of funk Recommended if you like Frankie Beverly and Maze, Kem, zap. CD price: $15.00 TONY DELGADO: A Better Place Smooth Jazz, R&B,Latin and Funk with the bass upfront.Tony is joined on his debut with some of L.A.'s finest musicians and a special guest appearance from legendary GAP Band bassist Robert Wilson on two tracks. Recommended if you like David Sanborn, George Duke, Marcus Miller. CD price: $12.97 / MP3 price: $9.99 STEVE LANGEMO: Out Loud Modern guitar based jazz and jazz/funk fusion. Recommended if you like Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Scott Henderson. CD price: $12.97 / MP3 price: $9.99 VALARIE KING: Anytime, Anyplace Urban jazz, melodic funk and just real music that keeps you groovin. CD price: $15.00 / MP3 price: $15.00 ORGANISM: Sound Helmet Striking original acid jazz, neo soul, latin, a little drum n bass, and twisted covers. Recommended if you like Soulive, Groove Collective, Addison Groove Project. CD price: $10.00 / MP3 price: $9.99 CAST!: Coolidge Returns Funky jazz Recommended if you like Larry Coryell, Medeski Martin and Wood, John Scofield. CD price: $14.99 VON: Ante Up - The Hustler Project TEXAS TWANG, FUNK JAZZ SWANG All ready. Just when you thought you'd heard it all, here descends a vocal powerhouse from music heaven with electrifying talent. No gimmicks. No game. Just pure gift. Recommended if you like Jill Scott, Norah Jones, Corinne Bailey Rae. CD price: $11.95 / MP3 price: $9.99  (Feb 16, 2009 | post #1)

Jazz-Funk

Tony Adamo- Like Lou Rawls Fronting Tower Of Power-Amazon...

Review By Stuart Hamilton- Amazon.co.uk Jazz vocalist Tony Adamo has taken a sideways step with his latest CD, moving into a world of late night New Orleans style funk, rhythm and Blues, despite its origins in the plastic world of Hollywood, California. The first thing that leaps out you is the voice. Imagine, if you can, Lou Rawls fronting Tower of Power, and you'll have an idea of where the music offered up here is coming from. And it's a mighty fine place to be, especially on the self penned material which just pulses with late night grooves. With a punchy horn section blowing in all the right places and a funky rhythm section hitting all the right beats, the topping of Neil Larsens organ is just icing on the cake. Actually, I've just been reading the credits and not only is Groove Therapy one of the highlights but it actually features the legendary Doc Kupka from Tower of Power blowing baritone sax on a tribute to - Doc Kupka! So, looks like that "Lou Rawls fronting Tower of Power" statement I made earlier may be right on the mark. The album also features an appearance by another legend in the shape of Paul Jackson, bass guitarist from Herbie Hancock's Head Hunters. Although Adamo does sometimes slip into pure jazz, it's when he sticks to the sultry and sweaty grooves of Joe Zawinul's Mercy Mercy Mercy and his own No Strings, Lolita and the aforementioned Groove Therapy that he really makes his mark. The album does veer around a bit in style and flavour, which is slightly to its detriment as the ballads, in particular, miss the mark. It actually would have been a better album shorn of the two closing numbers Stolen Moments and Speak Low, which drift away rather than finishing with a killer blow. But the vocals and performances do make it worth a listen, especially when that irresistible groove kicks in.  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #1)

Jazz-Funk

Music Reviews on Soul Man Tony Adamo

A Review By: Edward Blanco, Ejazznews www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo Bay area vocalist Tony Adamo garnished a five star rating from Smoothjazz.com for his latest release, "Straight Up Deal." However, there's a lot more to the smooth jazz sound found on this recording than what they would have you believe. Tony Adamo, equipped with a deep baritone voice, belts out some real gyrating funk, R&B;and soulful jazz tunes on this fourteen piece CD, which also includes a selection of straight ahead beautiful contemporary jazz vocals. Adamo records the album with nineteen players among them, funk bassist Paul Jackson, saxophone great Ernie Watts and trumpeter Eddie Henderson. He also enlists the help of The Tower of Power Horns which appear on five tracks. As I previously alluded to, the music is quite varied with three of the first four tracks firmly grounded in the funk genre ("No Strings," "Passport, " and "Up In It"). Ernie Watts showcases his sax on the R&B;-shaded "In The Winelight," while Adamo gets jazzy on the first straight jazz number in "Milestones, " with the trumpet voice of Eddie Henderson setting the pace. Tunes like "Autumn Leaves," "Wouldn't You," "Stolen Moments," and "Speak Low" fall in the smooth jazz side of the music where Adamo shines singing beautiful lyrics from some great standards. One of my favorite numbers is the spunky and lively "Lolita" featuring the Tower of Power Horns. "Straight Up Deal" reveals the vocal talents of a superior singer who is able to convey the essence of different musical styles with ease and grace. An album that will obviously appeal to a broad audience considering the varied selection of music on this disc. I enjoyed the album; it was truly a "Straight Up Deal" from Tony Adamo. A Review By: Sandy Shore, smoothjazz.com TONY ADAMO Straight Up Deal Urbanzone Records - GETS FIVE STARS www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo For those who haven't experienced it...there's a mystique to the San Francisco bay area at night. It's unique to the 'City by the Bay.' Over the years many artists have captured this vibrant, earthy electricity and stuck it in the middle of their music regardless of genre. Santana, Jefferson Airplane/Starship, Tower of Power come to mind...and a whole handful of jazz greats. Bay area singer/songwriter Tony Adamo fits perfectly in this fray with his deep, sultry, commanding voice and grasp for groove. Think Lou Reed but funkified. Tony began writing during his tour of duty in the Gulf War (the first one). The 15-hour workdays were exhausting, but the artist found the exotic scenery enticing and incorporated his poetry writing skills into song ideas by writing about the desert. A poet at heart, Tony Adamo presents some beautiful originals here. He writes with his long time collaborator Jerry Stucker who is also responsible for producing Tony's recordings. Jerry actually has an original on this recording as well, a cool sensual tune called "Midnight Cafe." Another Adamo/Stucker original is the anthem to Tower of Power's Doc Kupka (who is featured on bari sax) "Groove Therapy." You'll also find some really intriguing covers such as "In The Winelight," the late Joe Zawinul's "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy" and the Miles Davis penned "Milestones. " First call musicians are on board making for a sonically stellar recording including Ernie Watts, Paul Jackson, James Gadson and Neil Larsen. STRAIGHT UP DEAL is just that!  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #1)

Acid-Jazz

Tony Adamo Ramsey Lewis Paul Jackson

****************** ****************** *************** CHICO'S RADIO NETWORK THE SPOKEN WORD COLLECTION Playlist for program #3 – July 17, 2008 Host THEOLA BRIGHT Monday through Thursday – 7-9PM Central Standard Time 1. Flip Fantasia – US2 2. Wade In The Water – Ramsey Lewis 3. I’ve Known Rivers – Sonia Sanchez 4. Let Go, Let God – Hezikiah Walker 5. Oye Como Va – Santana 6. It Don’t Mean A Thing – Tachina Daniels & Guru 7. Could You Be Loved – Bob Marley 8. The Furniture Store – Ruth Brown 9. Be For Real – Harold Melvin & Blue Notes 10. Happy Feelings – Frankie Beverly & Maze 11. Steppin’ Out – Steel Pulse 12. Praise His Name – Marcel Coleman 13. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke 14. Change The World – Eric Clapton 15. Why Can’t We Live Together – Timmy Thomas 16. Caring and Sharing – Theola Bright 17. Red Beans & Rice – Charmaine Nevelle Band 18. Hey Lou – Paul Jackson & Tony Adamo-Tony Adamo is featured on Jackson's CD,FUNK ON A STICK 19. Somebody Buy Me A Drink – Oscar Brown, Jr. 20. Tequila – ATL 21. Olivia – The Whispers 22. Work It Out – Vicki Winans 23. Touched By His Grace – The Winds of Fate 24. Victory – Yolanda Adams 25. Here’s To Life – Shirley Horne www.myspace.com/to nyrocadamo  (Jul 19, 2008 | post #1)

Top Stories

Tony Adamo Dave Koz Tower of Power now on Soulradioonli...

July 15, 2008 Current Songs in our Rotation on soulradioonline.co m Please see below the current song list in our rotation: list is by artist, in alphbetical order. This is however not the order as played on the station: ***Al Green-Standing In The Rain ***Bona Fide-Blaze ***Bona Fide-The Horse You Came In On ***Brand New Heavies-Have A Good Time ***Brian Culbertson-Hollywo od Swinging feat. Musiq Soulchild & Gerald Albright ***Brian Culbertson-You Got To Funkifize feat Chance Howard ***Charles Wright & Watts 103rd. St. Rhythm Band-Love Land ***Danny Weis-Graham Street Shuffle ***Dave Koz-Faces of the Heart ***Dave Murphy Band-Right This Moment ***Doc Kupka-This Story Must Be Told ***Doc Kupka-What Difference Does It Make ***Doug And The Slugs-It's Got To Be Monday ***Five Alarm Funk-Don Mega ***Frank Williams And The Roceteers-You Got To Be A Man ***Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band-There's The Rub ***Gregg Allman-Slip Away ***Hamish Stuart-Later ***Herman Matthews-Function At The Junction ***Ides of March-Vehicle (1970) ***Jackie Lee-The Chicken ***Jay Soto-Slammin' ***Jim Byrnes-If I Ever Cried ***Jimmy Hall-Wonderful Girl ***Jon Cleary-In The Mood ***Jon R. Smith-Miss New Orleans ***Jules Broussard-Love Won't Let Me Wait ***King Beez-Against The Grain ***Line Drive-You've Gotta Believe In Something ***Little Mike & The Sweet Soul Music Band-Free Ride ***Little Milton & Delbert Mclinton-Some Kind of Wonderful ***Little Willie John-All Around The World ***Lowell Fulson-Black Nights ***Luther Kent & the Forever Fabulous Chickenhawks Showband & All-Star Revue-I Got News For You ***Maceo Parker-Off The Hook ***Marcus Miller-Frankenstei n ***Max Carl Gronenthal-Show Me The Money ***Mic Gillette-Funky Good Time ***Mingo Fishtrap-Catch The Bus ***New York Horns-Bring That Friend Of Yours ***Nils Gessinger-Soulmusi c ***Otis Grand-You Win, I Lose w/Curtis Selgado ***Otis Grand-Finish Line w/Curtis Selgado ***Patrick Allen-You Lit A Fire In Me ***Pete Escovedo-Boomerang ***Peter Friestedt-Time To Play ***Prime Time Funk-Use Me ***Quicksilver Messenger Service-Don't Lose It ***Richard Elliot-The Boys From The Bay ***Rick Braun and Richard Elliot-Curve Ball ***Rick Braun and Richard Elliot-Down and Dirty ***Rocco Prestia-Express Yourself ***Roger Smith-Sittin' In ***Roger Smith-Fiesta ***Ronnie Hawkins & The Hawks-Bo Diddley ***Sage-King of the Avenues ***Scott Martin-Just Don't Want To Be Lonely ***Simply Red-Oh! What A Girl! ***Smokin With Superman-2 Sweet Fine Hams ***Soul Stew-Love And Happiness ***Soulpatrol-Get Up! ***Strokeland Superband-Just In Case You Wondered ***The Bo-Keys-Back At The Chicken Shack ***The Butanes Soul Revue-Victim of Circumstances ***The Fantastic Johnny C.-Hitch It To The Horse ***The JB Horns-I Like It Like That ***THE SUPERGROOVERS-Seas ide Adventures In Hollypool ***Tom Scott & the L.A. Express-Smokin' Section ***Tony Adamo-Up In it-CDbaby ***Topper Headon-Leave it to luck ***Tower of Power-Don't Fight It ***Tower of Power-Check It Ou  (Jul 17, 2008 | post #1)