Blades VS Amendola

Fri Mar 15 2019

9:00 PM (Doors 8:00 PM)

Jack London Revue

529 SW 4th Ave. Portland, OR 97204

$12.00

Ages 21+

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Amendola Vs. Blades“The breadth of what we do is so wide we don't have to think about it,” says longtime Bay Area drummer Scott Amendola, when talking about fellow local organistWil Blades--the other half of the dynamic music duo known as Amendola vs. Blades. “The cool thing is we can play swingin’ old school jazz, funk and rock, African music, to playing free.” Such dynamic range would prove challenging for any band, let alone one consisting merely of eight limbs, two analog keyboards and a drumkit. But it’s a challenge the two friends have eagerly met gig after gig since their auspicious first show together, a performance of Duke Ellington’s “Far East Suite” as an organ and drums arrangement, ten years ago. “It’s all about keeping it fresh,” adds Amendola. “And keeping the audience engaged.” And keeping audiences sonically freshened and engaged throughout their ever-evolving decade-long stint hasn’t been a problem for this uncanny duo, who’ve imprinted plenty of nondescript juke joints: the High Sierra Music Festival, SF Jazz, and the iconic Fillmore, alike with their slithery sound, enough to make stalwart critics like the SF Chronicle’s Joel Selvin squawk: "As for Wil Blades and Scott Amendola, these two Young Turks of the San Francisco jazz scene are bringing the organ-drum duo into the 21st century."

And during this century, if you wanted to experience Amendola vs. Blades, you’d have to be one of the many thousands who’ve steadily showed up at one of their live duo adventures. Sure, you may have seen and/or heard these two in-demand session players as bandleaders in their own right, or as distinguished sidemen with the likes ofNels Cline, Charlie Hunter, John Zorn, Mike Patton, John Scofield, Idris Muhammad, Bernard Purdie, or Dr. Lonnie Smith.But if you wanted an album of just the two of them facing off as they do, literally on stage--you’d have to wait. Until now.Finally, Scott Amendola and Wil Blades bring us their long-anticipated debut album—Greatest Hits—on Sazi Records.

Recorded over two nights in front of an intimate audience in a downtown Oakland club in June of last year, Greatest Hits is comprised of seven originals, tunes that had initially been composed and recorded by Scott and Wil for other projects. Depending who you ask,the album title could perhaps be construed as a mini-sampler of what’s to come, or perhaps a facetious statement of what was. The germ for the album took shape nearly two years ago. Adds Scott, “We always talked about it, but our schedules never lined up due to both of us being heavily on the road. As other projects ended, we actually had time to take it seriously.” Blades adds, “The thing about live recording was double-fold. For us playing as a duo is very loose and fun, so the best way to capture that was live--the vibe of a studio can make you feel restrained under pressure. A loose gig is a better representation of how we play our stuff, which is improvising.”

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Blades VS Amendola

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    Blades Vs Amendola

    Crossover Jazz

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Soul'd Out Presents

Blades VS Amendola

Fri Mar 15 2019 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:00 PM)

Jack London Revue Portland OR
Blades VS Amendola

$12.00 Ages 21+

Amendola Vs. Blades“The breadth of what we do is so wide we don't have to think about it,” says longtime Bay Area drummer Scott Amendola, when talking about fellow local organistWil Blades--the other half of the dynamic music duo known as Amendola vs. Blades. “The cool thing is we can play swingin’ old school jazz, funk and rock, African music, to playing free.” Such dynamic range would prove challenging for any band, let alone one consisting merely of eight limbs, two analog keyboards and a drumkit. But it’s a challenge the two friends have eagerly met gig after gig since their auspicious first show together, a performance of Duke Ellington’s “Far East Suite” as an organ and drums arrangement, ten years ago. “It’s all about keeping it fresh,” adds Amendola. “And keeping the audience engaged.” And keeping audiences sonically freshened and engaged throughout their ever-evolving decade-long stint hasn’t been a problem for this uncanny duo, who’ve imprinted plenty of nondescript juke joints: the High Sierra Music Festival, SF Jazz, and the iconic Fillmore, alike with their slithery sound, enough to make stalwart critics like the SF Chronicle’s Joel Selvin squawk: "As for Wil Blades and Scott Amendola, these two Young Turks of the San Francisco jazz scene are bringing the organ-drum duo into the 21st century."

And during this century, if you wanted to experience Amendola vs. Blades, you’d have to be one of the many thousands who’ve steadily showed up at one of their live duo adventures. Sure, you may have seen and/or heard these two in-demand session players as bandleaders in their own right, or as distinguished sidemen with the likes ofNels Cline, Charlie Hunter, John Zorn, Mike Patton, John Scofield, Idris Muhammad, Bernard Purdie, or Dr. Lonnie Smith.But if you wanted an album of just the two of them facing off as they do, literally on stage--you’d have to wait. Until now.Finally, Scott Amendola and Wil Blades bring us their long-anticipated debut album—Greatest Hits—on Sazi Records.

Recorded over two nights in front of an intimate audience in a downtown Oakland club in June of last year, Greatest Hits is comprised of seven originals, tunes that had initially been composed and recorded by Scott and Wil for other projects. Depending who you ask,the album title could perhaps be construed as a mini-sampler of what’s to come, or perhaps a facetious statement of what was. The germ for the album took shape nearly two years ago. Adds Scott, “We always talked about it, but our schedules never lined up due to both of us being heavily on the road. As other projects ended, we actually had time to take it seriously.” Blades adds, “The thing about live recording was double-fold. For us playing as a duo is very loose and fun, so the best way to capture that was live--the vibe of a studio can make you feel restrained under pressure. A loose gig is a better representation of how we play our stuff, which is improvising.”

Blades Vs Amendola

Blades Vs Amendola

Crossover Jazz

Please correct the information below.

Select ticket quantity.

Complete the security check.

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Ages 21+
limit 10 per person
GA 21+
$12.00

Delivery Method

Mail
UPS
Will Call

Terms & Conditions

This event is 21 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 21 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.