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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.

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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 ...

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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.

Amanda Monaco 4

Label: Genevieve
Released: 2003
Track listing: 1. D. 2. Ring-a-ling 3. Hedgehog 4. Gaza Strip Mall 5. Quickie 6. Speedy Green 7. Present 8. Go Lightly 9. Huunuu

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Amanda Monaco: Amanda Monaco 4

Read "Amanda Monaco 4" reviewed by Clifford Allen

In jazz, a relative paucity of standout players has made the guitar an instrument ripe for the development of an interesting dialect. By nature, this paucity allows for a greater degree of individuality - there are many Freddie Hubbards but far fewer Attila Zollers. Amanda Monaco, a relative newcomer on the New York front, has studied ...


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