Monaco, Tony: Celebration
Tony Monaco specializes in the Hammond B3 and is a longtime collaborator with legendary jazz guitarist Pat Martino. After a six year hiatus Monaco is back with the massive two disc set Celebration. This twenty-four song collection features almost as many musicians and is indeed a celebration. Monaco is a master, playing with fire, soul and passion.
Monaco is a versatile and dynamic player. Whether delving into rhythms and blues as in the infectious "You Rock My World" featuring fine piano from Asako Itoh or gospel inspired jazz such as the organ drenched "Unresolved" and the uplifting "Just Give Thanks and Praise" where Monaco's B3 ripples in the background behind Ken Fowser's rousing sax solo, Monaco's music is full of passion.
If its rhythm and blues you are after the second disc should really light a fire. Bluesy slow burners include the soulful "Ashleen" and the fiery "Takin' My Time" where Monaco's huge B3 chords and lightning fast chops prove he is one of the best Hammond players around.
My only complaint is I start to lose some interest as there is so much music here. Still, Celebration is an album that any keyboard player or jazz aficionado should love to get their hands on. Celebration earns a very respectable 3.5 stars.
1. Daddy Oh (3:54)
2. Aglio e Olio (2012) (4:29)
3. Indonesian Nights (5:54)
4. Happy Sergio (7:25)
5. Unresolved (3:41)
6. You Rock My World (5:54)
7. Just Give Thanks and Praise (4:29)
8. Bull Years (5:42)
9. Ninety Five (4:34)
10. It's Been So Nice To Be With You (4:01)
11. I'll Remember Jimmy (2012) (3:37)
12. Called Love (6:08)
13. To Be Continued (2:49)
1. Acid Wash (7:07)
2. Backward Shack (6:01)
3. Ya Bay BEE (3:56)
4. Ashleen (5:40)
5. Katarina's Prayer (5:57)
6. Pasta Faggioli (6:25)
7. Takin' My Time (9:37)
8. Blues for T (6:03)
9. Rudy and the Fox (3:57)
10. Slow Down Sagg (12:26)
11. Just Give Thanks and Praise (Instrumental) (4:23)
Added: October 10th 2012
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
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