Believe  The Scott Amendola Band

Scott Amendola, who has toured with Charlie Hunter, T.J. Kirk, Madeleine Peyroux and many others, presents his third CD as a leader, featuring guitarists Nels Cline of Wilco and Jeff Parker of Tortoise. Also featured is violinist Jenny Scheinman. Believe is a strong statement from the drummer of The Nels Cline Singers.


Jeff Parker
John Shifflett
Scott Amendola


4If Only Once9:58
5Buffalo Bird Woman7:27
6Smarty Pants7:22
9Cesar Chavez8:14


A quick look at the personnel on this record should make two things clear right away, before you even hit play. First, the assorted misfits in the collection, who have worked in a mind-blowing array of improvised and experimental music styles, aren't like

Nils Jacobson, All About Jazz, June 3, 2005

Believe, the third album by percussionist Scott Amendola's band, whose recent high profile gig is with the Nels Cline trio, combines not only the talents of the aforementioned guitarist, but those of Jeff Parker, erstwhile jazz guitarist and axe slinger o

Troy Collins,, May 19, 2005

Bay Area drummer Scott Amendola has provided the beat for an exceedingly diverse lot, including folk and rock singers (Sonya Hunter, Carla Bozulich) and jazz instrumentalists (John Zorn, Charlie Hunter). On Believe, he takes center stage, bringing togethe

Mark Keresman, SF Weekly, June 22, 2005

"This is high-level art music, executed with intelligence, passion and unadulterated abandon by a crew of sonic subversives who are also among the leading lights of today's alternative-jazz scene."

Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes, November, 2005

"Some might file this with jazz, but that diminishes the scope and ambition of Amendola's juicily melodic, tonally barbed compositions. Played with an all-in ferocity, this breathes like a newly minted life form...this sways between delicacy and stra

Dennis Cook,, November 2005