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Tony Monaco Trio: Intimately Live at the 501

Time to apply the fiery adjectives: This album’s hot, and Monaco’s trio smokes. Originally inspired by Jimmy Smith, Monaco explodes in a climactic style. Exuberance, skillful dynamics and galvanic solo construction are this organ trio’s assets.

Monaco, 42, took up the Hammond B-3 at 16 after initially playing the accordion. Eight years ago his trio with guitarist Robert Kraut and drummer Louis Tsamous came together. This recording documents the group on the 2002 Memorial Day weekend.

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