Friday, 11 September 2009

Tony Monaco Trio & Friends ''Fiery Blues''

Tony Monaco Trio & Friends

''Fiery Blues''
( Summit Records, 2004 )
Catalog # DCD 425

Goin’ to a Meetin'
Everyday I Have the Blues
Greasy Spoon
Mellow Soul
Crosscut Saw
The Hooker
Stormy Monday
All Blues
The Preacher
Takin’ My Time Blues

Personnel & Credits:
Steve Adam Photography
Tom Carroll Guitar
Owen Cordle Author
Derek DiCenzo Guitar
Pete Fallico Liner Notes
Ken Franckling Author
Robert Kraut Guitar
Tony Monaco Organ (Hammond), Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Mastering, Mixing
Willie Pooch Vocals
Jim Rupp Drums
Neil Tesser Author
Ned Torney Author
Daniel Traynor Package Design
Louis Tsamous Drums
Gene Walker Saxophone

We’ve all heard of Chicago Style and the New Orleans Sound in jazz, but did you know there was a “Columbus, Ohio sound?” Well, B3 master Tony Monaco - who lives there - knows, and made it the theme of his new record. The general idea is a strongly rhythmic blend of the blues with jazz. He chose tunes associated with some of the many jazz organists who came out of the Columbus music scene, and sought to bring the Columbus Sound up to date with his playing on both his legacy B3 and New B3. He used two different drummers and three different guitarists on the 11 tracks. Saxist Gene Walker is heard on six of the tracks and vocalist Willie Pooch comes in on three tracks, including the rockin’ Everyday I Have the Blues. Tony gets in one of his originals on “Ashleen.” Can’t get enough of that unique B3 sound ah say,,,
By John Henry (Audaud)

Tony Monaco, whose organ playing is similar to that of Jimmy Smith in the late '50s, performs nine diverse blues on this set plus Horace Silver's "The Preacher." Monaco has an enthusiastic and spirited style, one that is a constant joy to hear. Even with the program having nine straight blues, there is a surprising amount of variety due to the many tempos, moods and changes in instrumentation. Several different guitarists have their spots, tenor-saxophonist Gene Walker is on six numbers and Willie Pooch's three vocals are an asset. After "The Preacher" concludes, there is a "hidden track," "Takin' My Time Blues," that is repeated from the previous record Intimately Live at the 501. All in all, this is an excellent outing easily recommended to fans of jazz organ and swinging soul-jazz.
By Scott Yanow (AMG)

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Anonymous said...

I have this album since before, but still I would like to jot down a few words:

This is a real tour de force jazz blues organ album!

Highly recommended.

Great up E-Mile!

/Jazz Organ Fan

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