Tony Adamo, vocalist; Ernie Watts, saxophone; Rodney Franklin, keyboards; Tower of
Power, horn section; Sandy Griffith, background vocals.
This sample CD is scheduled to be released in September, 2002 but is reportedly already receiving rave reviews and extensive radio play. This CD features Tony Adamo vocalizing in a smooth Jazz offering. The CD is filled with a galaxy of sounds that is enticing and the more one listens, the more drawn in one becomes.
The first cut "Mystery" has an intoxicating feeling with interesting tempos. "Rhythm Of Your Love" is a romance promised. "Midnight Café" is a swinging treat with Ernie Watts on saxophone wailing in the background. On "Ecstasy," Adamo displays velvety tenderness. "Hey Lou" is a Jazz tongue-in-cheek rap by Adamo with groovy background singing. On "No Strings" Adamo croons an open invitation to seduction. "Passport" has an ethereal feeling and Adamo's vocals on this cut are passionately executed. "Calling" is a melancholy ballad with Adamo displaying a vulnerable longing. "When Love Comes Over You" has a more conventional melody on which Adamo's harmonic sense is well displayed along with some good scatting at the end. "Live For Your Love" and "Real Life" are full of seductive sentimentality. "Love Comes Out To Play" shows off Adamo's strong tenor delivery at its best.
Adamo is a stylish and creative vocalist who offers surprises on every cut in this well executed CD. The supporting musicians are excellent and if you are looking for good contemporary smooth Jazz, this fits the bill. A good gift to a lover, I say!
by Dorothy L. Hill
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