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Tony Monaco and his trio sit down and do business with Joey DeFrancesco and his trio. All at the same time. As the two trios trade off with seamless interaction, the momentum switches from one side to the other. One organist follows the other, and one guitarist follows the other, in up-tempo battles that rage with creative juices flowing.
Monaco and DeFrancesco are using a new generation Hammond model. While credit must be given to the instrument for the sparkling crisp sounds it offers, it takes soul to interpret the way these two masters do. Now established veterans, both leaders make this one a session to remember.
DeFrancesco’s muted and open trumpet feature on “Aglio e Olio” recalls the pioneering spirit of Dizzy Gillespie when jazz was undergoing a major change. Monaco provides an authentic folk scene with a cappella accordion on “Waltz of the Angels.” Then, Monaco’s accordion and DeFrancesco’s open horn create an Italian wedding party atmosphere on “Oh Marie.” As they hit their stride, two pumped-up Hammond B3s retake the spotlight with knees bending and feet flying. The bride and groom are sure going to be tired when this party’s over. Everyone is having a delicious good time.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.