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MP3 Tony Adamo - What is Hip

''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. Stephen "Doc" Kupka Co-founder of Tower of Power

13 MP3 Songs in this album (54:42) !
Related styles: Jazz: Jazz-Funk, Jazz: Soul-Jazz, Solo Male Artist

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Tony Adamo''s exuberant jazzy take on Tower of Power''s funk classic

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.
Devon Jackson
Magazine Editor - Freelance Music Journalist

"Tony Adamo''s upbeat take on the Beatles'' classic that''s a cross between a spoken word recitation and a Tom Jones hipshaker"

This very fresh take on the Beatles'' symphonically infused downer reemerges here in Adamo''s arrangement as decidedly less depressive but certainly no less enticing. The melancholy of the original comes through less so in Adamo''s phrasings but is threaded throughout by the plaintiveness of the organ. The sadness of McCartney''s voice has been leeched out here but miraculously not so much prettified by Adamo as hepped up by his jazz inflections and flavorings. The tempo''s faster and the crispness of the drums and the guitar provide a snappy counterpoint to the organ. This is not a lonely song at all but a sort of rousing pronouncement about all the lonely people

Devon Jackson
Magazine Editor - Freelance Music Journalist

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