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In terms of skill and aesthetics, organist Tony Monaco had become the equal of his mentors by the time of his first album. He belongs in the company of Jimmy McGriff and that pair of Smiths, Jimmy and Lonnie (and not just because they all have first names that end with a y sound). Organ trios have characteristics like no other combination of instruments. Monaco's trio hews to the genre's common musical language, but it is as soloists, and via choices of material, that their individuality truly flourishes. Recorded live in Columbus, Ohio, this set is a marvel. With drummer Louis Tsamous and guitarist Robert Kraut (replacing Derek DiCenzo) they make a perfect triangle. Where his previous release (Master Chops T) was divided between originals and covers, this one focuses almost entirely on the latter. "Mellow Mood" by the sorely overlooked Dodo Marmarosa is a spectacular display of the emotive voicings Monaco can bring forth from his Hammond B-3. This trio has chops and taste to give force and shape to everything from Harburg and Arlen's "Paper Moon" to Wayne Shorter's "Footprints." -- David Greenberger

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  • Audio CD (October 1, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • ASIN: B00006JMAD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By OrganJazzMan on August 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the best Live Hammond Organ Jazz record in all the History of the Jazz Organ !!!! I know what I' m telling, because I have almost all the live organ jazz CDs, from the jazz organists Will Bill Davis, Jimmy Smith, Earl Grant, Shirley Scott, Richard " Groove" Holmes, Jack McDuff, Carl Wilson, Winston Walls, Charley Earland to Joey DeFrancesco ! In comparison with the late, grate Jimmy Smith, Tony Monaco said himself : " I'll never live up to that... it's too much. Didn't they hear that I didn't quite execute that passage right! " But he was mistaken ! And if you buy and listen to this cd, you will become aware of this!!!
This cd has 9 spectacular tracks performed by Tony Monaco's Trio (Hammond B-3 Organ-bass pedals & Leslie Speaker, Guitar and drums) and recorded live the 5:01on Sunday, May 26th 2002.
YOU CAN NOTE THE PERSONAL, ORIGINAL AND UNIQUE PLAYNG STYLE OF TONY, ESPECIALLY LISTENING TO THE EXTRAORDINARY RENDERING OF THE TRACKS " MELLOW MOOD " (THAT IS SUBLIME) AND "THE CAT".

I like the Hammond B-3 organ timbre tonality used by Tony Monaco in this record and I hope that in the future Tony will use the same organ timbre!!! With this timbre you will note and listen to the effects of the Leslie's whelling round speakers, and that is a DIVINE SOUND never listened by the other jazz organists!!!!!

If you listened to the Jimmy Smith's trio live record at Harlem ( NYC) at the Small's Paradise club on November 15, 1957, with Eddie McFadden at the guitar, you'll recognize 2 tracks played by Tony Monaco :"I' Can't Give You anything but Love" and It's Only a Paper Moon".
After 44 years of Organ Jazz History, we can tell that the Tony Monaco's skill at the Jazz Organ fully stands up to comparison with Jimmy Smith!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Terje Biringvad on August 8, 2006
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Look out for this organist - Tony Monaco is definitely a Hammond B3 burner with serious soul- and blues organ chops and great technique, to take into account. Monaco have studied with all the organ daddies - Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, so he keeps the soul organ tradition very much alive. But does he sound too much like his organ mentors with less Monaco identity? After listening to this good 2002 trio live album - "Intimately Live at the 501" - for hours, I'm not sure where he's heading with the tunes he has chosen for this album since I have heard them by other organ masters. Monaco has balls when he jumpstarts this album with the Jimmy Smith trademark "The Cat", which swings like the late master with great support from drummer Louis Tsamous and guitarist Robert Kraut. Unfortunately he continues with Jimmy Smithy trademarks like "I'll Close My Eyes" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" which is well played but only becomes average copies of the master takes. When Monaco turns into new territories with "Takin' My Time", "Take The Coltrane" and "Footprints", he changes dramatically. Now we hear a much more daring and inventing trio with great interplay who stretches out when Monaco uses the sounds dynamics and registrations of the Hammond B-3 organ...this is serious stuff!!

On this album Monaco pays (too much) tribute to Jimmy Smith (like Joey DeFrancesco on some albums), and this limits his creativity and freedom trying to match the old master, so my advice is - stay away from the the organ daddy trademark tunes and explore new territories. "Intimately Live at the 501" is an interesting live album from The Monaco Trio with superb recording quality.
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The title of this release should actually be "Intimately Live at the 5:01," because the venue was the 5:01 Jazz Bar in Columbus, Ohio. Just imagine Brent Musburger saying, "You're looking LIVE at the 5:01 Jazz Bar in Columbus, Ohio, where in just a few minutes Master Chops T himself, Mr. Tony Monaco, will be firing up his Hammond B-3 organ along with his bandmates Robert Kraut on guitar and Louis Tsamous on drums. Folks, you're in for a treat, because the Tony Monaco Trio burns, and I'm not talking about setting a few parked cars on fire like they do here in Columbus after a big Buckeye victory over Michigan, I'm talking about some really hot music from this dynamic organ trio!"

I was really tickled to see that Robert Kraut play guitar on this CD, for I took a couple of graduate philosophy courses from him at The Ohio State University back when he was a young, skinny professor with no gray hair, an amazing bundle of intellectual enthusiasm on a quest for truth and beauty. He is still on the faculty, and his part-time status as a professional musician makes it even more remarkable that he plays as well as he does. All three members of the trio sound as though they are having a ball making this live recording. The sound is reminiscent of Jimmy Smith, to whom Monaco tips his hat in the liner notes, and the trio works through standard organ-trio fare such as "It's Only a Paper Moon" and "Sweet Georgia Brown" with chops and soul to spare.

They save the best for last however; the CD closes not with standard organ-trio fare but with a rendition of Wayne Shorter's "Footprints" that simply glows for more than ten minutes. This is good, good stuff, and if you love that B-3/guitar/drums sound, you really ought to give this CD a listen. On a good system at a healthy volume level, you will soon be listening LIVE at the 5:01 Jazz Bar in Columbus, Ohio...
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