177

Amanda Monaco: I Think I'll Keep You

By

Sign in to view read count
Amanda Monaco: I Think I'll Keep You Amanda Monaco is a guitarist whose style is deeply rooted in her instrument's lyrical lineage, at times channeling the singing tone of Jim Hall, at others declaring her own, more forceful sound. Most of the tunes here are Monaco originals and she's created efficient vehicles for both her own voice and the collective dialogues that seem to come so naturally to her quartet.

Monaco's affinity with Hall is especially evident in the tremendous swing she can generate with light textures, as on her ballad "So Much for Spring," and on the very boppish "It's Like This, See," likely an invocation of the film noir connections of modern jazz. saxophonist Michael Attias—a superb frontline partner, whether he's matching Monaco's quiet force with his sweetly open-toned alto on the opening title tune or generating great soulful blasts with his baritone on the funky "Hckhh Blues" or "Haifalutin," a punning invocation of Israeli roots music.

There is both spark and sparkle here, the group consistently motivated by Satoshi Takeishi's drumming-in-the-foreground and Sean Conly's tuneful bass, extending the same camaraderie evident with Attias on Conly's recent debut as leader, Re-Action (Clean Feed, 2008). The easy familiarity that Monaco and her partners develop on the originals is even more apparent on the standards, ranging from her warmly floating, unaccompanied chord solo on "Darn That Dream" to a version of "You and the Night and the Music" that swings between gentle elation and subtly pensive tones. Fats Waller's "Jitterbug Waltz" happily declares connections to the Swing Era, though it could also touch on the Eric Dolphy version.


Track Listing: I Think I'll Keep You; Slinky; So Much for Spring; Hckhh Blues; Jitterbug Waltz; Darn that Dream; Co-op Shift; You and the Night and the Music; Haifalutin; It's Like This, See....

Personnel: Amanda Monaco: guitar; Sean Conly: bass; Satoshi Takeishi: drums; Michael Attias: baritone and alto saxophones.

Year Released: 2009 | Record Label: LateSet Records | Style: Modern Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Conditions" CD/LP/Track Review Conditions
by Mark Sullivan
Published: September 16, 2016
Read "Birdwatching" CD/LP/Track Review Birdwatching
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 5, 2016
Read "Equal Poise" CD/LP/Track Review Equal Poise
by Karl Ackermann
Published: May 17, 2016
Read "Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works" CD/LP/Track Review Three Worlds: Music From Woolf Works
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 4, 2017
Read "Pathways" CD/LP/Track Review Pathways
by James Nadal
Published: February 29, 2016
Read "Nearness" CD/LP/Track Review Nearness
by Doug Collette
Published: October 7, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!