Tony Monaco: Slow Down Sagg


Slow Down Sagg


Tony Monaco (organ)


Live At The Orbit Room (Chicken Coup 7021)

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Tony Monaco (organ),

Ted Quinlan (guitar), Vito Rezza (drums)


Composed by Jimmy Smith


Recorded: Orbit Room, Toronto, June 22, 2007


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

When organ wizard Tony Monaco plays live with his Toronto Trio, the audience shares in the energy as the musicians on stage let loose. The Jimmy Smith tune used here is a model of simplicity, and Vito Rezza’s funky drums get the jam get going quickly and keep it burning on a wide-open groove. Guitarist Ted Quinlan offers up slices of soulful, hard-swinging blues phrases. Soon Monaco takes a vigorous, no-holds-barred solo, with distortion and some pitch-bending effects close to the end. When the fun is over, a club member’s disoriented gaze might happen on his or her neighbor, only to ask “What just happened? Where am I? Why am I covered in sweat?”

Reviewer: David Tenenholtz

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