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DUO with scott amendola

Scott Amendola - drums, electronics

Phillip Greenlief - tenor saxophones

Bb clarinet


Scott and I began working together not long after I returned to the Bay Area in 1993. We composed a few things and explored compositions by other composers, but the music really began to flow when we began to work in free improvisation. We played a lot, bouncing between the Bay Area and Los Angeles, and the fruits of those labors culminated in the work COLLECT MY THOUGHTS, our CD release on the 9 Winds label. This record really helped to put us both on the map as free improvisers (the CD received rave reviews in Down Beat and many  other high profile publications).

Our NEW recording - STAY WITH IT - will be released this fall (October) on Clean Feed Records.

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“Amendola’s music is consistently engaging, both emotionally and intellectually, the product of a fertile and inventive musical imagination.” The Los Angeles Times

“Amendola has complete mastery of every piece of his drumset and the ability to create a plethora of sounds using sticks, brushes, mallets, and even his hands.” Steven Raphael, Modern Drummer 

“If Scott Amendola didn't exist, the San Francisco music scene would have to invent him.” Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian

“...drummer/signal-treater Scott Amendola is both a tyrant of heavy rhythm and an electric-haired antenna for outworldly messages (not a standard combination).” Greg Burk, LA Weekly

For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, and players who have forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz.

To purchase, go to STORE

only a handful of copies left, so GET ONE!

recording session - 2018

@scott amendola studio


@ the alligator lounge (los angeles) 1995

photo by mark weber

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