tenor saxophone, clarinet
AmandaMonaco 4 formed in late September2001. Despite the horrors ofSeptember 11, it was one of those idyllic times where the whole band lived inthe same neighborhood; I had a huge apartment in Harlem with a drum set andjazz-loving neighbors, one of whom would turn off her radio every time werehearsed so she could listen. Weplayed every Thursday afternoon, with a trip to the local greasy spoon,Floridita, afterwards for chicken with rice and beans and cafˇ con leche.
Thesongs on this recording come from a variety of different sources, situations,and emotions.
ResolutionLift, written by JasonGillenwater, was originally a duo piece for saxophone and drums, but afterplaying it a few times in rehearsal, and discovering that it fit well in thequartet setting, it became part of the repertoire of the band.
TelAviv I Love Her is the second ofmy middle-eastern-sounding compositions with cheesy titles.
WhenIÕm not playing with my own quartet, I play guitar and sing in an all-femalequartet called The Lascivious Biddies. Old Skool Flava
DeadlinesLooming was written a week beforethe quartet went on tour and made this recording. It was also written during a football game where the GreenBay Packers were losing (again) and were running out of time to redeemthemselves. I was also reallypushing the deadline for getting one more song recorded, so anxiety was in theair.
Iwrote Deception after beinginformed that I was to vacate my room in a three-bedroom loft in Brooklyn amere three days after moving in. ItÕs a composition that flows back and forth between 5/4 and 4/4, with afew bars of 3/4 thrown in for good measure.
Likeother songs IÕve written, My Man Stan is a classic example of what do you when youÕve procrastinated tothe point of having to throw something together quickly.
Manythanks to my family, friends, husband, and all of my teachers.
Allcompositions by Amanda Monaco (Santella Music,
SESAC)except Resolution Lift (JasonGillenwater).
AmandaMonaco plays Brian Moore Guitars.
RecordedDecember 11, 2005, Bennett Studios,
Englewood,NJ. Engineer: Brian Dozoretz
Coverart by Lydia Booz
Photographyby ReyHen. Traycard photo © GeoffSmith, 2006. All RightsReserved. www.geoffsmithphoto.com
InnovaDirector: Philip Blackburn
OperationsManager: Chris Campbell
Innovais supported by an endowment from the McKnight Foundation.