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ALBUM REVIEW

Amanda Monaco: Glitter

Read "Glitter" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The multi-talented Mae West once said that “personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is." West, of course, thrived in a different era, worked in different formats, and was more than likely addressing another artistic discipline entirely with that specific statement. But those remarks still apply here. In fact, everything in there--minus the orchestra pit and footlights--is really dead-on. Guitarist ...

TAKE FIVE WITH...

Take Five With Amanda Monaco

Read "Take Five With Amanda Monaco" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Amanda Monaco: Playing guitar has led Amanda Monaco to perform at the Blue Note, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Birdland, Tonic, Joe's Pub, and the JVC Jazz Festival, as well as other venues in the United States and Europe. Amanda has recorded several CDs as both a leader and a sideman, and has shared the stage with musicians such as Milt Hinton, Matt Wilson, Matana Roberts, and Harvie S. As an educator, Amanda has served on the ...

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Amanda Monaco: I Think I'll Keep You

Read "I Think I'll Keep You" reviewed by Stuart Broomer

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 ...

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Amanda Monaco 4: Intention

Read "Intention" reviewed by Clifford Allen

The midrange frequently offers more interesting textures, colors and possibilities in improvised music, precisely because it is sometimes a music that's, even to the initiated, thought of as an art form that embraces the extremes. But for every John McLaughlin or Wes Montgomery, there is a Joe Morris, an Attila Zoller, or an Amanda Monaco. Guitarist, composer and educator, Monaco's music is unassuming but complex free bop, and hinges mostly on the situations she has set up ...

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Amanda Monaco 4: Intention

Read "Intention" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been four years since Amanda Monaco 4 released its self-titled debut, although guitarist Monaco has been far from inactive. She's appeared on Get Lucky (Eastway, 2004), the second album by all-female cocktail pop band The Lascivious Biddies, published an instructional guitar book, Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Alfred Publishing, 2005) and is in a new jazz group, Playdate, along with saxophonist Wayne Escoffery.

Intention builds on the successes of the quartet's debut, placing an even more modern spin ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Amanda Monaco 4: Intention

Read "Intention" reviewed by Elliott Simon

Over and above ability, it takes chops, confidence and cool for jazz guitarists to invite a tenor saxophonist to partake in their music. When it gels, such as the classic Rollins/Hall pairing or the more recent Lovano/Scofield tandem, it can result in a meeting that blends the strengths of both instruments into a stylistic whole. Intention, Amanda Monaco's second CD as leader, succeeds as such and plainly demonstrates her proficiencies across all these areas. Tenor saxophonist Jason ...

BOOK REVIEW

Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner

Read "Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Karen Hogg

Amanda MonacoJazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner (Book+CD)Alfred Publishing ISBN: 0739036718 47 pages 2005 Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner, the debut instructional tome from New York City-based musician Amanda Monaco, is a well-thought out, step-by-step guide for the jazz guitar novice. Monaco starts out with basics that everyone needs to know, from what kind of guitar to purchase to how to ...


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