Amendola vs. Blades vs. Skerik vs. Baptista vs. Parker
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Amendola vs. Blades vs. Skerik vs. Baptista vs. Parker
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Amendola vs. Blades vs. Skerik vs. Baptista vs. Parker

Oct 31 - Nov 03, 2019
Joe Henderson Lab

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“Masters of improvisation, these gentlemen take a composed piece of music and bring it to the outer reaches and back” (East Bay Express). Berkeley-based drummer, composer and bandleader Scott Amendola showcases his longstanding partnership with Hammond B-3 organ star Wil Blades for an evening of greasy grooves and head-spinning musical telepathy, augmented by saxophonist Skerik, Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker, and Brazilian master percussionist Cyro Baptista, with music from their new album, Everybody Wins.

An ingenious musician who pulls a remarkable array of sounds from his drums and arsenal of electronics, Amendola has a résumé that includes collaboration with Charlie Hunter, Bill Frisell, Pat Martino, and Wilco guitarist Nels Cline, singers Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones, and a commission for the Oakland East Bay Symphony, among dozens of others. He was a founding member of the infamous guitars-and-drums project T.J. Kirk, and recorded three Blue Note sessions with Charlie Hunter’s audacious 1990s quartet. A former East Bay resident now based on Los Angeles and easily one of the finest organists at work in jazz today, Wil Blades has been named as “Rising Star” in every DownBeat Critics Poll since 2006. He was described as “the future to carry on the legacy of the organ” by his mentor and organ legend Dr. Lonnie Smith, and has performed with the likes of John Lee Hooker, Nicholas Payton, Stanton Moore and countless others.

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Amendola pulls a remarkable array of sounds from his drums and arsenal of electronics.

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In performance, Amendola and Blades cover everything from Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock.

JamBase

In performance, Amendola and Blades cover everything from Avant Garde to Funk, Bebop to Rock.

JamBase

Personnel

Scott Amendola drums & electronics
Wil Blades Hammond B3 organ & keyboards
Skerik saxophones
Jeff Parker guitar
Cyro Baptista percussion

These guys are master musicians, and they put everything on display.

JazzTimes

Personnel

Scott Amendola drums & electronics
Wil Blades Hammond B3 organ & keyboards
Skerik saxophones
Jeff Parker guitar
Cyro Baptista percussion

These guys are master musicians, and they put everything on display.

JazzTimes

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