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Tony Monaco: The Definition of Insanity

Read "The Definition of Insanity" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

The popular quote referenced in this CD's title has been attributed to many--most frequently to Albert Einstein. With this fine offering, organ virtuoso Tony Monaco steers clear of Sisyphean do-overs and delivers eleven diverse and well-performed tracks.

“Cars Trucks Buses" by Phish's Page McConnell kicks the session off with a hefty, “short'nin' bread" ...

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Tony Monaco: The Definition of Insanity

Read "The Definition of Insanity" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Did you order it? Somebody ordered the party platter, because B3 maestro Tony Monaco is delivering. His music is for all intents and purposes a celebration. With The Definition of Insanity, a reference to doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, he confesses to be under the influence of the ...

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Tony Monaco: Furry Slippers

Read "Furry Slippers" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Through nine releases, primarily from his home studio in jny: Columbus, Ohio, Tony Monaco has proved that he's a solid link in the hip Hammond B-3 organ chain that reaches from contemporaries such as Wil Blades and Joey DeFrancesco all the way back to Jimmy Smith and other founders of the Hammond groove. At a recent ...

Kevin Coelho: Turn It Up

Read "Turn It Up" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Dopo l'esordio discografico ad appena 16 anni (Funkengruven--the Joy of Driving a B3, Chicken Coup Records 2012) Kevin Coelho ripropone il trio con gli stessi partner per una nuova carrellata di brani eseguiti sotto il segno del funk e del groove.
Se quanto espresso allora in termini di padronanza musicale e feeling poteva bastare per ...

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Kevin Coelho: Funkengruven: The Joy of Driving a B3

Read "Funkengruven: The Joy of Driving a B3" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Kevin Coelho's debut, Funkengruven: The Joy of Driving a B3, is a tight trio affair that showcases the young organist's versatility as he successfully cooks his way through originals, R&B songs and fusion and bop standards.

Coelho brings a religious celebratory feel to teacher Randy Master's “Take A Stand," as his Hammond B3 ...

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Tony Monaco: Celebration

Read "Celebration" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

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.

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George Kontrafouris: Little Daddy's Blues

Read "Little Daddy's Blues" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Born in Greece, Hammond B-3 denizen George Kontrafouris' organ combo fare sounds purely American in scope and attack. In a nutshell, he has it all down to a science. And with testimonials by fellow B-3 great Tony Monaco cited within the liners, the music iterated here features a Texas roadhouse type gala, spiced up with snappy ...

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Tony Monaco: East to West

Read "East to West" reviewed by Jim Santella

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 ...