Tony Romano – Three Chord Monte (ENG review)

Tonyromanomusic - Street date May 27th 2024
Tony Romano - Three Chord Monte

When I don’t know a musician, I start by listening to them before reading any literature available about them. In this case, I would say it’s impossible to classify this musician, as the influences are numerous. Looking at the artists they’ve played with over the years, it’s easy to get lost: Randy Brecker, Joe Locke, Michael Feinstein, Bill Warfield, Steve LaSpina, Joe Bataan, Dave Valentin, Candido Camero, Chembo Corniel, Yomo Toro, Joel Frahm, Thomas Chapin, Brit Woodman, Santi DeBriano, Paul Bollenback, Stanley Jordan, Debbie Gibson, Kat Gang, Aimee Allen, François Moutin, Alex Gemignani, and Chuck Cooper.

Clearly, we’re dealing with a musician who excels in arrangements and accompaniments. Throughout this album, Tony Romano intelligently sends his notes to support his fellow musicians, even when he’s featured prominently in the compositions. Thus, we have an impeccable album, albeit lacking a bit in originality. There’s a sense of déjà vu, although the album is pleasant to listen to. Personally, I particularly appreciated the double bassist Jennifer Vincent on this album, patiently waiting for moments where she could shine a bit. Her delicate and interesting playing does a fantastic job on the thirteen original tracks of this album.

This is an album I recommend to all aspiring guitarists who want to explore jazz. Here, they’ll find a beautiful demonstration of what can be achieved. For me, it’s a “heartfelt recommendation” that I suggest you check out.

Thierry De Clemensat
USA correspondent – Paris-Move and ABS magazine
Editor in chief Bayou Blue Radio, Bayou Blue News

PARIS-MOVE, May 15th 2024

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