Ken Leighton 5 p.m., Jan. 24
Sound description: Nu-jazz and hip-spoken-word by which to funk, bop, and rock 'til ya drop.
RIYL: Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters, Michael Wolff, Larry Coryell
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Inception: Oceanside, 2000
Influences: Gil Scott-Heron, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis
Singer/nu-hip spoken word artist Tony Adamo is based in Oceanside. With producer/guitarist Jerry Stucker, he recorded his own arrangements of songs by Tower of Power, including “What Is Hip” and “This Time It’s Real.”
His 2013 full-length Miles of Blu (Random Act Records) was produced by drummer Mike Clark (Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters) and features guest players from that band: Bill Summers (percussion), Rob Dixon (horns), Richie Goods (bass), and Derrick Gardner (trumpet). The album was mixed by Tim Ouimette.
“It’s a really new concept,” says Adamo of the music. “Oakland funk and New York throwdown meets
vocal/hip-hop spoken word.”