Feature CD of the Week
Feature CD Of The Week: Amanda Monaco's "Glitter"
For Release: June 25, 2017
Review by Malvin Massey, Jr., 6/25/2017
The Feature CD of the Week is from guitarist and educator Amanda Monaco. The album is titled Glitter and has a different combination of instruments with a unique sound.
It's a quartet gig that features guitar and baritone sax. Amanda on guitar, Lauren Sevian on baritone sax, Gary Versace on the B3, and Matt Wilson on drums.
All but two of the tracks on the CD are originals from Amanda's vivid musical imagination. They are different in that respect too.
Grammy-nominated guitarist Amanda Monaco has performed at venues like Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Birdland, Jazz Standard and Flushing Town Hall, with artists like Milt Hinton, Steve Wilson, Rufus Reid and The Mingus Orchestra. She has released 5 albums to date.
An educator since 1990, she is an assistant professor at Berklee College of Music where she teaches private lessons, labs and guitar ensembles. Her book "Jazz Guitar for the Absolute Beginner" is available world-wide.
Her music is straight ahead without apology. There is no genre question here.
This group of musicians plays with a comfortable feel, and they project the essence of "old school" improvisation. Listeners can't help but enjoy the original style of this music.