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Thinking of having a party or just need to listen to some fun stuff, Fiery Blues is the one!
I love this one because I recorded it in my new "Columbus Sound" studio having 3 different sessions to bring in some of Columbus' greats for the CD.
I also wanted to capture the "Columbus" organ sound as many great jazz organists like Don Patterson and Hank Marr were my early influences growing up.
We had some good food and wine during the sessions and just kept the tape rolling as we were having a ball!
Put this disc on rotation with some of your other "party time" recordings and you'll definitely find yourselves and friends tapping their feet if not grooving like mad.
I know we were!
Tony Monaco, Organ
Robert Kraut, Derek DiCenzo, Tom Carroll, Guitar
Louis Tsamous, Jim Rupp, Drums
Gene Walker, Tenor Saxophone
Willie Pooch, Vocals
(Recorded July, 2004)
1. Going to a Meetin
2. Everyday I Have the Blues
3. Greasy Spoon
4. Mellow Soul
5. Ashleen (Monaco)
6. Crosscut Saw
7. The Hooker
8. Stormy Monday
9. All Blues
Listen to Excerpts
Columbus, Ohio native Tony Monaco is a monster B3 player with a penchant for blazing Jimmy Smith-style blues excursions with his right hand.
The aptly named The Fiery Blues (Summit) is an exhilarating collection of slow blues (Hank Marr's "Greasy Spoon," T-Bone Walker's "Stormy Monday"),
jump blues (Memphis Slim's "Every Day I Have the Blues"), shuffle blues (Don Patterson's "Goin' to a Meetin'," Leon Spencer's "The Hooker")
and swinging blues (Patterson's "Mellow Soul," Miles Davis' "All Blues," Horace Silver's "The Preacher") that showcase Monaco's formidable technique and real-deal feeling.
With the exception of Joey DeFrancesco, no one else can burn a blue streak as hot as this monster Monaco.
JazzTimes - by Bill Milkowsi