Monday, March 8, 2010

News From Tony Adamo

Tony Adamo’s Voice N’ Soul Music
Fred Harris, Los Angeles, California
UrbanZone Productions

Strokeland recording artist, Tony Adamo, got a new perspective of Voice N’ Soul when his long time guitarist/producer, Jerry Stucker got down with it at Capitol Studios and Mastering, at the historic Capitol Records Building, Hollywood, California. He brought in the big fat funk jazz beat of Stephen 'Doc' Kupka (Tower of Power, Strokeland Records) and Neil Larsen (Diana Krall, B.B. King, Greg Allman) for Adamo’s cover of the Tower of Power classic, "What is Hip," written by Kupka and Emilio Castillo. The arrangement by Jerry Stucker with Adamo’s "good gracious that’s a whole lot of soul vocal and spoken hip word" is so far removed from the original, that Doc "dug the hell out of it."

The "What is Hip" line up: Mike Clark (drums), Bill Summers(percussion), Sandy Griffith (background vocals), Eddie Henderson (trumpet), Richie Goods (bass), Neil Larsen (organ), and Jerry Stucker (guitar). Eddie Henderson in the horn section and Doc Kupka (bari sax) is mo’ funk and groove than anyone can handle.

"What is Hip" will be available as an MP3 download on Doc Kupka’s Strokeland Records soon. Horndrivenradio will be the first radio station in the west to play"What Is Hip." Raoul Fernandes PD for Horndrivenradio has been running"'This Time It's Real" in its rotation for several months. The retooled "What Is Hip" and This Time It's Real" will be on Adamo's new unnamed CD. Drop date 5-1-10.So get ready for some swingn' soul groove vocals that brings the hip back to funk.

Above Photo by Mark Leialoha

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