I am thrilled that Downbeat Magazine gave "I Scream Scone!" a four star review. Thanks so much to Bill Milkowski for his time to listen. He really did capture in words what I was trying to do in his thoughtful review. See below
I Scream Scone!
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE JANUARY 2016
A reliably swinging Hammond B-3 specialist with deep soul roots, Adam Scone immerses himself in the old school organ tradition on his third outing as a leader. His is a happy-go-lucky sound that harkens back to the organ lounge days of the early ’60s, when the idea of playing a gig was to make people feel good and get them to tap their feet. While some of the tunes here—a wildly romping, uptempo rendition of the normally morose “Everything Happens To Me,” a funky booga- loo take on Gene Ammons’ classic “Red Top” and Scone’s burning title track—are jumping, hard driving fare, the organist and his talented crew also settle nicely into Duke Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood” and the 1934 standard “Stairway To e Stars” (aka “Park Avenue Fantasy”), the latter featuring some highly expressive, smoky tenor work from Ian Hendrickson-Smith along with soulful testifying from Scone at the hulking B-3. And they pass the blues test with ying colors on Scone’s soul-jazz anthem “What People Do” and an ultra-slow, take-your-time rendition of “Willow Weep For Me.” —Bill Milkowski
I Scream Scone!: What People Do; Everything Happens To Me; Stairway To The Stars; I Scream Scone; In A Sentimental Mood; Red Top; Willow Weep For Me; The Last One. (36:48)
Personnel: Adam Scone, Hammond B-3 organ; Ian Hendrickson-Smith, tenor saxophone; John H. Smith, guitar (1, 3, 7, 8); Colby Inzer, drums (1, 3, 6, 7, 8); Matt Chertkoff, guitar (2, 4, 5); Aaron Thurston, drums (2, 4, 5); Dan Muniz, guitar (6).
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