Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Catching Up With Tony Adamo Part 2!

Continuing my rap with Tony Adamo from part one : http://www.criticaljazz.com/2013/06/catching-up-with-tony-adamo-miles-of.html

I like to move past the traditional role of  tossing out random opinions and promote artists that at least to me have something different to offer or may simply be a voice society needs to hear for a variety of reasons.So let me flip it, review the reviewers. what is your take on critics? are they simply bottom  feeders caught up in the industry andr do you think in general most of us could step up our game a little?

T.A. - "Some of the critics of my music in the past I feel have used generic templates in writing reviews.  I came across this way of reviewing while digging music reviews in music publications.  One critic in particular wrote one review on my WHAT IS HIP CD and years later on my MILES OF BLU CD.  Though both albums are so different from each other, both reviews sounded somewhat the same. It seems like some reviewers do star inflation reviews on a legendary jazz artists.  For example the legendary artists CD may not be up to par but just recycled cuts from past albums and they get five stars.  Those same critics can be mean spirited to a new jazz artist or musician whose work in not well known but may far outshine a legendary jazz artist.  The new musician receives three stars.  I see too many opinion reviews based upon a critics personal music tastes and not complying with the music genre they are reviewing. What I find to be the most troubling is being reviewed by a non musician with no working knowledge of recording or working on stage.  In saying this, do music critics who have a background in music and play and instrument write better reviews?  Man I don’t know!  It is all square to me man.  Don’t get me wrong Brent, there are as many great music critics as are there a bad ones." 

Hip spoken word can trigger some preconceived ideas for a lot of people. if you can shatter any of these stereotypes what are they?

T.A. - "First off my vocal/hipspokenword in not purely spokenword.  I intertwine vocal and hipspokenword into a new genre.  My vocal/hipspokenword is more accessible to radio than just coming out with a CD of spokenword backed by a jazz trio.  It encompasses jazz, funk, pop, acid jazz and adult listening all laced together by vocal/hipspokenword and the stellar musicians that Mike Clark put together for MOB.  When the listening public and music directors and program directors hear spokenword they tend to stay away from it because it can sometimes be an uninteresting and mundane delivery from spoken word artists.  In MILES OF BLU I captivate my audience by being a storyteller of jazz history, politics and life in general.  My hope is to have the new generation of listeners get hip to our rich jazz history."

Finally,  What artists do you listen to and perhaps draw from when considering your art?

T.A."I always like to say I am never influenced but inspired by Tower of Power, Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters with Mike Clark, Organ Jazz Funk Trios, Acid Jazz, Latin Jazz, James Brown, house music."

Brent,
I want to thank you for giving me this interview opportunity.  Bro it has been a great experience getting to know you.  You are by far the hippest music critic I have come across.  I dig you to the most man!

Tony
Many thanks to Tony for his time and friendship during this process!