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Tony Adamo

With the 2002 release of Dance of Love , Tony Adamo is one of the hottest new artists to hit the airwaves. Sensually poetic, Tony Adamo in Dance of Love is a diary of romantic paradise. With words like "He runs with the dark horses, but you love him for the wild ride," this CD is sure to put you in just the right mood. Light a few candles, open up a bottle of red wine and enjoy the moment.

Adamo’s writing career actually started during his tour of duty in the Gulf War. The 15-hour workdays that involved loading missiles on ships were exhausting. But, he found that the exotic scenery enticed him. Having been a poet for many years, he began creating small snippets about the desert. Later he added Middle Eastern jazz themes to spice up the mix. Although these songs were never recorded, Adamo found the process invigorating. He kept on writing music and hasn’t stopped since.

The way Adamo creates music is truly unique. For instance, he’ll see something in the way a leaf falls and the words will begin to flow. Once the story unfolds, the rhythms and notes follow. Dyslexia makes reading or writing music difficult for this artist. Newly written songs are sung into a tape player and his partner, Jerry Stucker, transposes the end product.

Writing Dance of Love was an exciting adventure of self-discovery for Adamo. "[The album] is a kaleidoscope of the funkiness that I hear in my head. The CD is my canvas. I had the colors and I threw them up there. I really didn’t know what to expect. [It’s] a really new growing experience for me as an artist," Adamo reflected.

With the help of his manager, Roc Armani, and Thom Teresi at Rhombus records, Adamo has launched The Dance of Love via self-promotion. He doesn’t seem to mind the challenge and faces it head-on. In the earlier stages of his career, Adamo held a full-time job as an explosives operator while singing at night and on the weekends. "I’m a humble person, yet I’m kickboxing tough. I have a work ethic like a Navy Seal . . . I tend to think of myself as almost a workingman’s artist. Every day I’m working to be a better artist. This whole work ethic, plus trying to keep [the] music going has kept me grounded," shared Adamo.

Adamo may be tough, but he doesn’t mind showing a softer side in his music. "Real men aren’t afraid of their sensuality. They’re not afraid to cry. I found at a very early age that some of the strongest men in my life weren’t afraid to show emotion," said Adamo. The Dance of Love is about the unspoken language that is exchanged between men and women. Learning this language was a unique gift given to Adamo by his Italian family. "The women around my grandfather respected and loved him." He learned, "It’s cool to be sensual. When you’re really respected and loved, it is a very beautiful thing . . . it’s a dance."

Adamo combines thought provoking words in Dance of Love with dark vocals that are reminiscent of Lou Rawls. Fused with sensual vibes, "Midnight Café" with Ernie Watts on sax provides an invitation to passion. It is easy to get yourself lost in the rhythms of "Mystery." Adamo heats it up when he purrs in his baritone voice, "It’s a mystery what you’re doin’ to me." He proceeds to whisper to his lover about being "hypnotized" and "there is no escape." Just when you think things couldn’t get any hotter, Adamo funks it up with "No Strings." The seasons of love are celebrated in "When Love Comes Out to Play." The album comes to a close with "Real Life" that shares his reflections on ultimate love and joy.

Adamo feels that this collection of songs is something very real and tangible. Warmly stating, The Dance of Love is just about everyday life. You have to try and not take yourself so seriously and look for love. You have to open yourself up for love and be loved."

Another song featured, on the CD, "When Love Comes Over You," has won a loyal radio audience in Canada. According to Adamo, Ted Hasiuk over at The Jazz Café on 88.1 FM in Toronto was "the first to break the song." However, Adamo admits that the Dance of Love tends to attract a specific type of listener. "Men can take it or leave it. Women really seem to dig that CD. No matter what race, creed or color, the music is truly universal. The music is hitting a chord with women," said Adamo.

It should be interesting to see how much of the market Dance of Love will be able to corner in the competitive environment of smooth jazz radio. Adamo created quite a stir in Internet circles by repetitively hitting the charts at and Keep your eye on this artist. We’ll definitely be hearing more from him in the future.

Cheryl Hughey is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association. She is a freelance writer and regular contributor to newsprint, trades and Internet jazz publications. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tony Adamo
  • Interview Date: 12/1/2003
  • Subtitle: Finding the Rhythms with Tony Adamo
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