Tony Monaco: The Cat


The Cat


Tony Monaco (organ)


Intimately Live at the 501 (Summit Records DCD 341)

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Tony Monaco (organ),

Robert Kraut (guitar), Louis Tsamous (drums)


Composed by Lalo Schifrin


Recorded: Columbus, Ohio, May 26, 2002


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

As a teenager, Tony Monaco suffered a polio-like disease that left him with nerve damage, yet he has become one of the more interesting organists on today’s scene. A disciple of Jimmy Smith, Monaco is sometimes given to such Hammond clichés as unreasonably long sustains, but he can chew up a tune and spit it back out, which his does with Lalo Schifrin’s classic composition “The Cat,” which became a staple of Smith. Not all jazz need be great art, and this certainly isn’t. What it is, however, is great fun – and an organ trio doesn’t get more blatantly enjoyable than what Monaco served up at the 501 Jazz Bar in Columbus, Ohio, in the spring of 2002.

Reviewer: Steve Greenlee


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