Adam Scone Low & Slow (Rondette/Cellar Live 2021)

BEST OF B3 2021! #2 – ADAM SCONE

Surprising adventure of real slow funk jazz turns out remarkably well.

Adam Scone - Low & Slow


Adam Scone (organ), Ian Hendrickson-Smith (baritone saxophone), Tom Beckham (vibraphone), Tsutomo Nakai (guitar), Aaron Thurston (drums)


on October 29, 2017 at GB’s Juke Joint, Long Island


as RJ-1020 in 2021

Track listing

Psychedelic Eye
I Guess It’s Really Over Now
You’ve Changed
Low & Slow
Love Me Tender

Adam Scone was at the vanguard of the Hammond revival in the early 1990’s. He was featured in one of the hottest soul and funk jazz outfits around, The Sugarman 3. Ever since, Scone played and recorded prolifically with Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Cobb and the late great singer Naomi Shelton. His cooperation with soul jazz drum pioneer Ben Dixon gives you an idea of his passion for tasteful groove and grease and whom was present at his shows with the extraordinary soul singer hero Lee Fields remembers Scone’s uplifting Hammond sounds vividly.

Scone recorded quite a few albums as a leader. The funny title of I Scream Scone should not go unmentioned. All his records ooze with gritty soul and funk. Low & Slow, recorded on Rondette and distributed by Cellar Live, moves at a considerably slower pace. It’s comforting stuff, like the feeling of chocolate milk and marshmallows settling down in your stomach, like the feeling of relaxing in front of the fireplace, listening to the crackling of wood blocks, staring at the flames, no hurry no worry… The “lazy’ gait makes Scone’s contemporary update of vintage black soul jazz all the more refined and intense.

Low & Slow‘s meshing of baritone saxophone, vibraphone and Hammond organ is strangely attractive, at once contrasting and a unified whole, dense and glowing. Baritone saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith contributes a couple of strong earthy solo’s. Ballads and blues-based tunes follow opener Psychedelic Eye, a nod to the recently deceased Hammond hero Dr. Lonnie Smith, who recorded Psychedelic Pi many moons ago. If anyone is heir to Lonnie Smith, it’s Adam Scone. Scone pulls some rabbits from the hat and nails Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender, a sensitive gospel-drenched cover. Tears For Fears’ Shout is the album’s uptempo tune, a shuffle groove intensified by Scone’s resourceful style and a spicy gem that strengthens Scone’s mesmerizing low and slow Hammond stew.

Adam Scone

Find Low & Slow here.

Scone Cash Players As The Screw Turns (Flamingo Time 2019)


Organist Adam Scone guarantees hot, dynamic and hi-level funk and soul jazz.

Scone Cash Players - As The Screw Turns


Adam Scone (organ), Dave Guy (trumpet), Ian Hendrickson-Smith (tenor saxophone), Alex Chakour (guitar), Caito Sanchez (drums), Naomi Shelton (vocals #3), Jason Joshua (vocals #2, 5 & 6), John Dokes (vocals #7)


in 2015 at Galaxy Smith Studio, New York City


as Flamingo Time 105 in 2019

Track listing

As The Screw Turns
Bokum Hi
My House Is Small (But I Dream Big)
Dr. Red Teeth
The Opportunist
Canned Champagne
They Say It’s Christmas Time
Smoke And Nails
Brass Tacks
The Crown Divide

Adam Scone came up in the late 90s and has been much in demand since. He played with Lou Donaldson, George Braith, Ben Dixon, Melvin Sparks, Lee Fields, Charles Bradley and Naomi Shelton. A specialist of gritty organ grooves, Scone assisted the front-running funk jazz outfit Sugerman Three as well as Hot Pants, The Macktet and J.J. Grey & Mofro.

Scone released five albums, partly under the monicker Scone Cash Players. His latest offering (also on wax) involves a sly funk groove with myriad treats: fantastic vocal cameos by singers Naomi Shelton, Jason Joshua and John Dokes, meaty and sharp arrangements and, foremost, the no-holds-barred organ playing of Adam Scone, who possesses the trance-inducing storytelling ability that we’ve come to appreciate so much in masters like Lonnie Smith and the late Charles Earland. Furthermore, Scone tastefully carries a song with different tonal directions and various degrees of tension and release.

Care to produce a neo-blaxploitation flic? Here’s your soundtrack. That’s an obvious reference. But to be sure, the calibre of musicianship on the best of the classic blaxploit albums couldn’t be overestimated. Bokum Hi, featuring the raw gutbucket voice of Jason Joshua, is the heaviest of the album’s JB’s-type grooves. They Say It’s Christmas Time may be out of season but John Dokes delivers it with zest and sophistication, the lyrics about Brooklyn are in sync with the album’s New York City vibe. Scone vehemently stamps his layered, percussive mark on the boogaloo-ish Brass Tacks. The Q&A between Scone and saxophonist Ian Hendrickson-Smith during the show stopping ballad The Crown Divide is deft and charming.

Then there’s the deep soul of My House Is Small (But I Dream Big), a melancholy song of hard-won hope and togetherness, with the brittle and sagacious voice of Naomi Shelton drifting through the cracks of the back room. If the song is a carriage, the organ of Adam Scone is the horse pulling it to its destination. On the dirty side of the street.

Scone Cash Players

Find As The Screw Turns here.

Check out Scone Cash Players featuring Naomi Shelton with My House Is Small (But I Dream Big) on YouTube here.