Sep 21, 2011
The native was a promising young pianist in the fifties, accompanying the likes of Mel Torme, Woody Herman and Red Rodney, when his performing career was brought to an abrupt halt by severe tendonitis in both hands. Playing the piano suddenly became sheer agony, and Amadie was reduced to improvising only in his head for the next 35 years.
I spoke with Jimmy about his latest trio release, Something Special, and his return to the stage for the first time in over forty years on October 14 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Selections from his recent releases compliment the interview, including:
Jimmy Amadie Trio – “Happy Man’s Bossa Nova” from Something Special. The trio is composed of Amadie on piano, longtime friend and drummer Bill Goodwin, and bassist Tony Merino. This Amadie original The title comes from a suggestion for an assistant who felt it perfectly captured Amadie’s personality.
Jimmy Amadie Trio – “Blues for Sweet Lizzy” from Something Special. An uptempo number that celebrates the life of his beloved pet.
Jimmy Amadie Trio – “Marching with Benny G” from The Philadelphia Story: The Gospel As We Know It. Amadie has finally been able to record with some of his favorite musicians after years of silence. This CD featured Randy brecker, Lew Tabakin and for this track, Benny Golson.
Jimmy Amadie Trio – “Well You Needn’t” from Kindred Spirits. The trio is Amadie, Goodwin and Merino again on a Thelonious Monk classic, with Merino stealing the show with a killer bass line.