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Music, Hear This Great Scott

Great Scott

Since coming to San Francisco in the '90s to revive our jazz scene with guitarist Charlie Hunter in the Grammy-nominated combo T.J. Kirk, drummer Scott Amendola has become a truly versatile workhorse. Besides leading his own innovative bands, he's pounded…
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Music, Reviewed Scott Amendola Band

Scott Amendola Band

Bay Area drummer Scott Amendola has provided the beat for an exceedingly diverse lot, including folk and rock singers (Sonya Hunter, Carla Bozulich) and jazz instrumentalists (John Zorn, Charlie Hunter). On Believe, he takes center stage, bringing together these and…
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Music, Give the Drummer Some

Give the Drummer Some

On the evolutionary food chain of the music scene, drummers have to rank near the bottom, right between roadies and unruly fans. Drummers can be flaky, undependable, and prone to suddenly moving to, say, Los Angeles, destroying a band's chemistry…
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Calendar, Night&Day Return of the Kitman

Return of the Kitman

For almost 10 years, Scott Amendola has been quietly doing his part to hold up the drumming end of the local music scene. If you're an acid jazz fan, you've probably grooved to his rhythms at a Phil Lesh show;…
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Dining, Side Dish

Side Dish

CurtainsThere're a whole lotta hipsters hitting the pavement with résumés in hand: The Mission's hub of hep done got shut down by the guv'ment. Bruno's -- a nightclub, lounge, and restaurant -- has been troubled for the past year. Its…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Matt Small's Crushing Spiral EnsemblePop and rock groups tend to live the tenet immortalized by Led Zeppelin: "The Song Remains the Same." But jazz cats typically turn this concept on its ear. Take, for example, Mat Maneri's recent upending of…
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Phillip Greenlief/Scott Amendola duo Attempting sax-traps duets in the improv/jazz arena puts reedist Phillip Greenlief and drummer Scott Amendola (Charlie Hunter Quartet, T.J. Kirk) up against formidable tag-team partners like Anthony Braxton and Max Roach, Peter Brstzmann and Hamid Drake,…
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