Tony Monaco Trio and Friends – Fiery Blues – Summit Records DCD 425 ****:
We’ve all heard of Chicago Style and the New Orleans Sound in jazz, but
did you know there was a “Columbus, Ohio sound?” Well, B3 master Tony
Monaco – who lives there – knows, and made it the theme of his new CD.
The general idea is a strongly rhythmic blend of the blues with jazz.
He chose tunes associated with some of the many jazz organists who came
out of the Columbus music scene, and sought to bring the Columbus Sound
up to date with his playing on both his legacy B3 and New B3. He used
two different drummers and three different guitarists on the 11 tracks.
Saxist Gene Walker is heard on six of the tracks and vocalist Willie
Pooch comes in on three tracks, including the rockin’ Everyday I Have
the Blues. Tony gets in one of his originals on “Ashleen.” Can’t get
enough of that unique B3 sound ah say,,,
Tracks: Goin’ to a Meetin,’ Everyday I Have the Blues, Greasy Spoon,
Mellow Soul, Ashleen, Crosscut Saw, The Hooker, Stormy Monday, All
Blues, The Preacher, Takin’ My Time Blues.