30 June, 2018

Jimmy Amadie - A Tribute To Tony Bennett (2003)

Genre: Jazz | Total Time: 54:00 | Size: 121.67 MB | MP3 320 kbps
1. The Thought of Losing You - 8:36
2. Baby Blue - 7:39
3. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - 5:49
4. Stella By Starlight - 7:31
5. This Can't Be Love - 6:16
6. The Very Thought of You - 6:32
7. Come Rain or Come Shine - 5:44
8. Phil the Woods With Music - 5:48

Jimmy Amadie - Piano
Steve Gilmore - Bass
Bill Goodwin - Drums
Phil Woods - Alto Sax
Jimmy Amadi (January 5, 1937 - December 10, 2013) is a famous pianist from Philadelphia and a teacher who is known for his contribution to the improvisational jazz theory.
Amadi was known not only for his highest musicality, but also for his fighting spirit. As a rising star of the jazz scene in the late 1950s, Amadi toured with the Woody Herman Band, accompanied Mel Mormon Torme and played with the greatest jazz musicians, including Coleman Hawkins, Redly Rodney and Charlie Ventura. He led a home group at the Red Hill Inn in New Jersey, and then in Copacabana in New York. But his performing career soon ended. Amadi recalled that he spent up to 80 hours a week on piano lessons - and this led to illness. He developed tendonitis, which caused him great pain when he played.
But he did not abandon the game. The physical limitations imposed on him did not match his determination to fight the pain. After seven operations and exhausting physical therapy, Amadi was able to extend the time in which he could play. He had only a few precious minutes a day on the piano before the pain in his hands made him stop, but he kept in shape with what he called mental exercises, playing melodies in the head, understanding harmony and solos and constantly analyzing the melodic content your game.
Amadi immersed himself in the teaching and jazz theory and became one of the country's leading jazz teachers, writing two very influential books on the theory of jazz.

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