Tony Monaco Trio: Intimately Live at the 501 (2002)
This outfit is a well-put together organ trio that is reminiscent of Jimmy Smith’s earlier works. Granted, Mr. Monaco is no Jimmy Smith, but he doesn’t try to be. Mr. Monaco is a well-versed musician who displays his expertise at the Hammond B-3 throughout this recording and all sorts of flavors and styles that can be used in this setting.
The trio is manned by the wonderful fretwork of guitarist Robert Kraut and the rhythmic leader and vibe-setter, drummer Louis Tsamous.
This album sits high on the list of quality organ trio recordings. It also contains my second favorite recording of “Take the Coltrane,” second only to the version by its author, Duke Ellington.
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Track Listing: The Cat Takin
Personnel: Tony Monaco