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This is my best so far!
I'm not saying I'm finished coming out with CDs, just that this is my best to date.
Adam Nussbaum and Bruce Forman came to "Columbus Sound" ready to make some killer music as I was debuting this recording for my newest venture "Chicken Coup Records".
East to West got great reviews, some of my best, as it climbed the charts to #4 as it stayed 17 weeks in the top 50.
I'm now really fired up as I have the studio, the label and the enthusiasm to really develop my musician/business chops now!
Look for West to East as well. West to East is a digital release featuring the alternate takes for the making of East to West.
Downloads are available here as well as other fine Internet downloadable sites! Hold on to your seats on both of these releases.
Tony Monaco, Organ
Bruce Foreman, Guitar
Adam Nussbaum, Drums
Byron Roker, Saxophone
(Recorded October, 2005)
TRACKS1. I'll Remember Jimmy (Monaco)
2. O Barquino (My Little Boat)
3. Rudy and the Fox (Monaco)
5. Don't Be That Way
6. Donna Lee
7. Roz Da' Cat (Monaco)
8. Softly as the Morning Sunrise
9. Like Someone in Love
Listen to Excerpts
The left foot is a key element in an organ player's arsenal.
When operated with proper dexterity, it can turn a standard blues into a greasy, swinging affair.
That's exactly what happens on "I'll Remember Jimmy," organist Tony Monaco's opening salvo on East to West.
That left foot—and maybe his right, too—pumps out a walking bass line that lights a fire of inspiration under his hands and those of guitarist Bruce Forman and drummer Adam Nussbaum.
Monaco knows all the organ tricks, like the perfect moment to get the Leslie spinning, but his melodic chops are the driving force behind these 10 tracks. Even when playing a one-note chorus in "Rudy and the Fox," he pounds away with a clarity that shows off his precision instead of sounding like mere grandstanding. His arrangement of Benny Goodman's "Don't Be That Way" turns it into a slow, sensual number, with tenor saxophonist Byron Rooker setting the mood. Rooker switches to alto on "Donna Lee" and sounds a little thin, especially after the trio sets up a strong New Orleans-style rhythm for the Parker perennial. But with few exceptions, the album's other standards—"O Barquino," "Indiana"—come to life in this trio's hands.
JazzTimes - by Mike Shanley