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Tony Monaco: Celebration

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If organists Shirley Scott and Jimmy Smith had formed some sort of a musical union, the offspring would no doubt have been Tony Monaco. Manifesting the melodicism of the former, the orchestral sensibilities of the latter and virtuosity of both, Monaco has become one of the most versatile and dazzling performers on the Hammond B3. The limited edition two-CD Celebration, on Monaco's own Chicken Coop label finds The organist in the company of various collaborators and in a number of different settings, ranging from sparse trio to jubilant choir of voices. It allows him to demonstrate his ...

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Tony Monaco: Vital Organs

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Tony Monaco Live at the Orbit Room Chicken Coup Records 2008 Don Hales Unified String Theory Chicken Coup Records 2008

Tony Monaco comes from the Jimmy Smith school of organists who use groove to interact successfully with audiences. At a young age, Monaco was faced with an obstacle: neuralgic amyotrophy, a disease closely related to polio, which has been his burden as well as a motivation. Through his music, Monaco has succeeded where ...

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Tony Monaco and Don Hales: Tonymoon for Two

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Organist Tony Monaco is Johannes Brahms to Jimmy Smith's Ludwig van Beethoven. He is the keeper of the flame, or, more appropriately, the bar keep of the chicken shack, and the ambassador of the chitlin' circuit. Over the past decade, Monaco has moved to the front of the class in organ jazz, releasing a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Monaco adds two more, one as leader and one as side man to guitarist Don Hales.

Tony Monaco Live at the Orbit Room: The Ultimate Jam Chicken Coup Records 2008

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Tony Monaco & Friends: Back At The Chicken Shack

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Accepting the torch of seminal B3 organist Jimmy Smith is one thing--holding it is another. But in the same way that Johannes Brahms carried on the legacy of Beethoven, so Tony Monaco serves Jimmy Smith. A longtime Summit Records label item, Monaco here steps out with his own imprint, Chicken Coup Records, releasing three discs and playing on two of them.

Monaco has already made a significant mark with albums including Let's Bop, Burnin' Grooves, Master Chops T, Intimately Live At The 5:01, A New Generation, and Fiery Blues. Already a considerable presence in the jazz community as a player ...

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Tony Monaco: East to West

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Launching a new label that remains a division of Summit Records, Tony Monaco honors organist Jimmy Smith and a generation of groove-oriented artists who have followed. His “I'll Remember Jimmy starts off the album: it's an up-tempo, blues-oriented smoker that lets his organ/guitar trio light up the path for all to see and experience. He leads the way with an in-depth rhythmic groove and colorful harmonic colors that capture the original essence.

The rest of the session continues with two more originals and a slate of familiar songs to honor the tradition that Jimmy Smith's “chicken shack sound ...

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Tony Monaco: Jazz Organ Crusader

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If you happen to be in Columbus, Ohio on most Wednesdays, you'll be doing yourself a favor if you head up on High Street just north of the student slums of Ohio State University to an unpretentious joint known as the Ravari Room. It's your typical campus dive bar, complete with cheap drinks, an incongruously placed aquarium, and TV monitors that seem permanently tuned to ESPN 2. It's not the sort of place where you'd expect to be able to hear yourself think, let alone hear great jazz. But on Wednesdays around 10pm, the Ravari Room in Columbus, Ohio becomes ...

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Tony Monaco: Fiery Blues

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Tony Monaco's explosive Fiery Blues session may be his best ever. Settling into a comfortable groove, he unleashes the soulful power of the blues, and its magnetic attraction holds you in its spell.

Guitarist Derek DiCenzo and drummer Louis Tsamous have developed a delicious rapport with the organist. Together, they interpret standards and originals with vibrant energy. As the house starts rockin' and the fires heat up, each artist provides more fuel. Monaco drives with genuine soul.

Horace Silver's “The Preacher" opens with guest saxophonist Gene Walker spreadin' the word. His emotional outpouring leads to a ...



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