THE JIMMY AMADIE TRIO, SOMETHING SPECIAL


Recorded without rehearsal and essentially in one long take (no do-overs!), “Something Special” (TPRecordings) is a classy recording that’s juiced by Philadelphia’s own Jimmy Amadie, a masterful old-school pianist who swings brightly on a clutch of standards that sound renewed thanks to his skillful trio. Life hasn’t been easy for Amadie – physical issues conspire against him continuously and it’s a wonder that he plays with such a sunny disposition. That’s the definition of a consummate professional, I suppose, because Amadie brings it home on tracks like the spirited “All The Things You Are,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma,” a rollicking Autumn Leaves” and “Fly Me To The Moon.” Amadie’s got ace rhythmic support in longtime bassist Tony Marino and drummer Bill Goodwin who, together, dovetail beautifully with Amadie throughout, particularly on the leader’s own “Blue For Sweet Lizzy,” a winner that lopes through the head then blooms in Technicolor, bouncing over a tight groove. Another original, “Happy Man’s Bossa Nova” is a persuasive Brazilian number with a cheerful melody and nice changes throughout. Amadie’s a remarkable pianist, one of the best, and you can tell he’s filled with the joy of jazz by listening to him play. Another first class recording for Amadie, “Something Special” is heartfelt music that makes you feel good. In support of this album, Amadie will be performing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 14th which will be his first public performance since 1967.  (10 tracks; 61:16 minutes) www.jimmyamadie.com

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JAZZ IN SPACE: THE JIMMY AMADIE TRIO, SOMETHING SPECIAL

Monday, October 3, 2011

THE JIMMY AMADIE TRIO, SOMETHING SPECIAL


Recorded without rehearsal and essentially in one long take (no do-overs!), “Something Special” (TPRecordings) is a classy recording that’s juiced by Philadelphia’s own Jimmy Amadie, a masterful old-school pianist who swings brightly on a clutch of standards that sound renewed thanks to his skillful trio. Life hasn’t been easy for Amadie – physical issues conspire against him continuously and it’s a wonder that he plays with such a sunny disposition. That’s the definition of a consummate professional, I suppose, because Amadie brings it home on tracks like the spirited “All The Things You Are,” Dizzy Gillespie’s “Con Alma,” a rollicking Autumn Leaves” and “Fly Me To The Moon.” Amadie’s got ace rhythmic support in longtime bassist Tony Marino and drummer Bill Goodwin who, together, dovetail beautifully with Amadie throughout, particularly on the leader’s own “Blue For Sweet Lizzy,” a winner that lopes through the head then blooms in Technicolor, bouncing over a tight groove. Another original, “Happy Man’s Bossa Nova” is a persuasive Brazilian number with a cheerful melody and nice changes throughout. Amadie’s a remarkable pianist, one of the best, and you can tell he’s filled with the joy of jazz by listening to him play. Another first class recording for Amadie, “Something Special” is heartfelt music that makes you feel good. In support of this album, Amadie will be performing at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on October 14th which will be his first public performance since 1967.  (10 tracks; 61:16 minutes) www.jimmyamadie.com

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