"A series of sizzling instrumental tracks by one of Toussaint's most profilic session players."
Amadee Castenell: Bio
One of New Orleans' premier tenor saxophonists and
flautists, Amadee Castenell makes his solo debut with the soul-drenched contemporary
jazz album, Amadee. Laid back and funky,
sultry and lyrical, Amadee spotlights Castenell's expressive improvisational
style on original instrumentals, as well as compositions by his mentor, Allen Toussaint,
who produced and performed on the record
Share with us your favorite Jazz Fest memory.
"First year I played it was new and exciting, with the original Chocolate Milk,
which was a four-piece jazz group. I felt really great about that performance."
What are your five favorite records in your personal collection?
Miles Davis - "Kind Of Blue"
What is the title of your favorite song that you wrote?
Grover Washington, Jr. - "Inner City Blues"
Freddie Hubbard - "Straight Life"
John Coltrane - "Blue Train"
Weather Report - "Black Market"
I don't have a favorite song for different reasons, different ways; I have favorite funk and favorite ballads.
What is your favorite song written by someone else?
"Tequilla" by The Champs, because it was very popular and got lots of airplay.
Do you have any advice to musicians and song writers?
Keep pushing, never stop no matter how different or abstract, go for it. Education is extremely important, you have to know your subject matter.
Where is the best place to eat in New Orleans?
Deanie's in Bucktown
Where is the best place to catch live music in New Orleans?
When is the best time to visit New Orleans?
When is your birthday?
Ralph & Kacoo's in the French Quarter
OffBeat Magazine, June 1999
"For his second CD on the NYNO label, St. Aug alumni Amadee Castenell assembled half a dozen of New Orleans' finest contemporary jazz musicians, including his mentor and producer, the legendary Allen Toussaint.
With a tight, crisp, evenly paced and never overpowering sound that calls to mind the smooth jazz styles of Grover Washington, Jr. and Boney James, Castenell stands front and center on every track. His talented tenor creates an eclectic mix of fast and slow instrumentals... Amadee Castenell has arrived and stands ready to take his place among the greats of smooth jazz."
--Dean M. Shapiro
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