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Iconic Jazz Pianist Norm Amadio releases new CD!
(Published: June 11, 2010)

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Lesley Mitchell-Clarke/Amanda OReilly

Iconic jazz pianist Norm Amadio releases latest CD,
norm amadio and friends

(Panda Digital - 2009)

featuring original compositions by Andrew A. Melzer with Guido Basso, Phil Dwyer, Reg Schwager, Rosemary Galloway, Terry Clarke, Mat Pataki, Bob Price and Stan Perry, vocal performances by Marc Jordan, Jackie Richardson and Tommy Ambrose

"Stylish treatment of a dozen songs...top quality jazz ornamented with unexpected, zesty freshness.." --Geoff Chapman, The Whole Note

"Esteemed pianist Norm Amadio called in a few worthy pals (vocalists Marc Jordan and Jackie Richardson, saxophonist Phil Dwyer, Guido Basso on flugelhorn) for his latest project. Anchored by bassist Rosemary Galloway and drummer Terry Clarke, this is one of the year's top albums. One of Canada's underrated players, he is innovative and resonant on sprightly tunes penned by producer Andrew A. Melzer...veteran arranger Peter Cardinali delivers a big band's punch. Amadio has a dreamy solo on ‘My Love Can't Wait'." --Ashante Infantry, The Toronto Star

TORONTO - June 11, 2010 - At eighty-two years of age, veteran jazz pianist Norm Amadio has recently released an exciting new jazz recording, Norm Amadio And Friends (Panda Digital - 2009). Amadio is an undeniably iconic figure of Canadian Jazz, and on this new CD he collaborates with producer/composer Andrew A. Melzer (who has written both the lyrics and the music for all but one of the album's musical material) as well as an array of first call jazz artists, including Guido Basso on flugelhorn, Phil Dwyer on tenor saxophone, Reg Schwager on electric and acoustic guitars, Rosemary Galloway on bass, Terry Clarke on drums, Mat Pataki on percussion, the late Bob Price on bass and Stan Perry on drums. In addition to the illustrious instrumentalists, Norm is also joined by three renowned and distinctly individual vocalists: the dynamic, award-winning singer and actress Jackie Richardson, multiple Juno and Grammy winner Marc Jordan and multiple Juno nominee, Tommy Ambrose (who appears on an archival track from "The Norm Amadio Trio" of 1966).

In addition to the nine new tracks on Norm Amadio And Friends, the recording also features three "bonus tracks" from Norm Amadio's exquisite 1966 Trio, which included the late Bob Price on bass and the still-swinging Stan Perry on Drums. A young Tommy Ambrose joins the classic trio and tears it up beautifully on the re-mastered bluesy track, "You're the One For Me" - re-enforcing the reasons why Tommy is easily recognized as one of the finest male jazz vocalists that Canada has ever produced.

Highlights of Norm Amadio And Friends also include the opening track, "I Love You That Way", which features Marc Jordan on the swinging, languid vocals, which are well-punctuated and supported by Norm's rhythmic piano work as well as the lush string lines; "Words" - ironically a tune with no ‘words', but featuring instead Guido Basso's tasteful and distinctive Flugelhorn along with Norm's equally tasteful piano; the Latin-tinged "Out of the Cool", with the consummate horn work of Basso on flugel and Phil Dwyer on tenor sax - also featuring a strong, south-of-the-border arrangement by Peter Cardinali; "'Round the Bend", with a soulful and deeply swinging vocal from the incomparable chanteuse Jackie Richardson; the bluesy ballad "The World is Going to the Dogs", made wonderful by the inventive and sonically thrilling work from Dwyer on tenor and Reg Schwager on guitar; "All I Need is You", a funky shuffle with a dynamic vocal by Jackie Richardson - including an impressive "scat" sequence on the tag ; the Brazilian-tinged "She Smiled", which boasts another gorgeous solo by Guido Basso as well as impeccably placed, contrapuntal string lines; the amusing Dave Frishberg/Mose Allison-inspired "Lower Chakra Love", again featuring Marc Jordan on vocals (as well as some enthusiastic vocal contributions from the band!) and the absolutely stunning closer, "My Love Can't Wait". This sophisticated ballad is propelled brilliantly by Phil Dwyer's melodic and deeply emotional saxophone work and perhaps Norm Amadio's most evocative solo on the recording.

About Norm Amadio....
Hailing originally from Sudbury, Ontario, Norm Amadio was clearly destined for a significant musical career. Along with notables such as Oscar Peterson, Archie Alleyne and Oliver Jones, Norm Amadio has long been recognized as an integral part of the development and export of Canada-based North American Jazz. A Royal Conservatory of Music graduate, Amadio has been performing professionally since 1947, and quickly made a name for himself as the un-official "King of After-hours". Not only did Norman play in and run the jam sessions that occurred in the many late-night coffee houses that dotted the post-war City of Toronto, but his list of credits (in all phases of the music and entertainment business) throughout his distinguished career reads like a "who's who" of top jazz musicians and entertainers. A few of the international luminaries with whom Norm Amadio has shared the stage and/or studio include Peggy Lee, Miles Davis, Lester Young, Zoot Simms, Henry Mancini, Clark Terry, Rob McConnell, Ed Bickert, Peter Appleyard and Don Thompson.

Norm Amadio continues to be a vital part of the Canadian Music Scene. The release of Norm Amadio and Friends is a perfect and timely opportunity to bring this talented, veteran jazz pianist to the forefront - something that he richly deserves within his lifetime.

norm amadio and friends
Produced by Andrew A. Melzer - www.pandadigital.com

Arranged by Peter Cardinali

All compositions by Andrew A. Melzer (SOCAN) except,

"I Love You That Way" by Andrew A. Melzer (SOCAN)/Marc Jordan (SOCAN)

"Words" by Andrew A. Melzer(SOCAN)/Steven T. Johnson(SACEM)

Recorded and Mixed by John "Beetle" Bailey at The Drive Shed

Assistant Engineering - Mat Pataki

Mastering by Peter J. Moore at The ‘E' Room

If you would like to request photo art, a review copy of Norm Amadio and Friends, or arrange a media opportunity with Norm Amadio, Andrew Melzer or any of the participating artists on the recording, please contact LMC Media by phone at 416-486-6742, or by e-mail at lmcmedia@sympatico.ca

We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada's Private Radio Broadcasters/FACTOR

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