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The title for Tony Monaco's latest album comes from the fiery organist's nickname. Master Chops T was impressive last year in his Summit debut. This year, he's even better. The Hammond B-3 powerhouse unleashes an exciting set with his regular band. There's something in it for everyone – particularly fans of the old organ combo groove. Remember that old organ combo sound? Laid-back guitar, soft-pedaled bass, and organ fire – Monaco does it well. Clean arrangements enable his band to emulate a variety of sounds: from big band swing to Acid Jazz. The leader, who adds vocals on two numbers, recalls the unforgettable Billy Paul , Grammy-winning arrangement of "Me and Mrs. Jones." The session ends with two trio numbers: a burning funk parade, followed by a classic lyrical swinger. Struttin' hard with the drummer's driving New Orleans shuffle, Tony Monaco's band makes you feel as if you're there with them. Master Chops T is a secure outing from a veteran groove-maker.
Track Listing: Acid Wash; White Dude Special; Ya Bay BEE; Gramp's Blues; Ode to Brother Jack; So May it Secretly Begin; Luck Be a Lady; Apple Honey; St. Thomas; Me and Mrs. Jones; Pick Up the Pieces.
Personnel: Tony Monaco- Hammond B3 organ, accordion on "Gramp's Blues," add vocal on "Luck Be a Lady" & "Me and Mrs. Jones;" Derek DiCenzo- guitar, add steel drums on "St. Thomas;" Louis Tsamous- drums; Sarah Morrow- trombone; Donny McCaslin- tenor saxophone; Kenny Rampton- trumpet.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.