“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 organist Wil 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 drum kit. 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. These two Young Turks of the San Francisco jazz scene are bringing the organ-drum duo into the 21st century.
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