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Willie Pooch • Willie Pooch's Funk-N-Blues



Willie Pooch, born William Joseph (1937 – May 5, 2010)
Willie Pooch was a popular Columbus, Ohio area blues singer who began his career in gospel groups while still just a child in and around Tupelo, Mississippi. During his teens, he and his family moved to Chicago where Pooch fell under the tutelage of Luther Allison who schooled him in the art of the blues guitar. Over the next several years, Pooch played with the likes of Muddy Waters, Elmore James and Hound Dog Taylor. After spending many years touring the mid west, Pooch settled in Columbus during the early ’60s. By then he was fronting his own band who became a local blues staple for the better part of the next four decades. On May 5, 2010, Willie Pooch died from complications of diabetes. He was 72 years old.

Tony Monaco is a leader in a modest revival of the Hammond B3 organ in jazz. As he has been with so many fledgling jazz organists, Jimmy Smith played a significant role in attracting Monaco to jazz and retaining his interest in the music. Monaco was 12 years old when he first heard Smith and, as a 16th birthday present, got a phone call from the organ giant. The culmination of this association came when Smith invited the young performer to join him at Smith's club. Monaco has also been fortunate to spend time with other jazz organ masters, including Hank Marr and Dr. Lonnie Smith. He started subbing for players, like Marr, in and around Columbus, OH, when he was just 16. Monaco has also been helped along by one of his peers, Joey DeFrancesco, who produced Monaco's first album, Burnin' Grooves, and joined the session on piano. Monaco added horns to his second album, Master Chops T, released in 2002, giving the Hammond organ player much more flexibility to the arrangements. It also allowed him to take full advantage of the rhythmic invention the electric organ allows its players to engage in. A live follow-up, Intimately Live, followed later that year. In addition to his albums as leader, Monaco has recorded with Eric Neymeyer and neo-bop guitarist Mark Elf. Monaco doesn't rely entirely on his jazz work to support his family. He and his brother run and own a concrete construction business. When not performing or building, Monaco listens to other masters of the organ, including Smith, Richard "Groove" Holmes, and Larry Goldings.

Tony Monaco may be the best organ player you have yet to hear of flying stealth while playing arguably some of the hottest B-3 around. Mentored by the legendary Jimmy Smith in what is considered the more classic style, Monaco does not swing, smolder or smoke. Tony Monaco burns is this most fitting!
Critical Jazz Review, 2012

Singer Willie Pooch is a name deserving a genesis in the fiction of William Faulkner. Pooch (born William Johnson) is a native of Tupelo, Mississippi where he was a contemporary of Elvis Presley. He has performed with a variety of blues artists from Elmore James to Luther Allison. Pooch appeared on Monaco's Fiery Blues where he sung "Everyday I Have the Blues, a performance reprised on Funk-N-Blues.

What grease was missing on East To West and Blue Bop is amply compensated for on Funk-N-Blues. Monaco has his regular guys on hand and they put the pots on, gas on high. As for Pooch, he is more Jimmy Rushing than Joe Williams. He has an expressive tenor voice that is somewhere between the chitlin' circuit and the concert stage, tending toward the humid confines of a Pentecostal tent meeting. There is plenty of church in Pooch's vocals, as evidenced on "Cross My Heart Blues, "Natural Ball and "Georgia On My Mind. Monaco is all over the organic map with his carefully shaded fills and solos. Guitarist Rick Collura conjures blue notes and chords from thin air, never overdoing it.

Funk-N-Blues finds Monaco fitting into an accompanist role with ease, introducing the old "new talent of Willie Pooch. The album is predictable, as it can only be, but it is apparent that Pooch has many more tricks up his sleeve. Monaco will surely look for them.
allaboutjazz.com


01. Why I Sing The Blues 4:58
02. House Arrest Blues 4:02
03. Cross My Heart Blues 4:08
04. In My Lonely Room 6:09
05. Same Old Blues 4:51
06. The Thrill Is Gone 5:24
07. Natural Ball 3:10
08. Buckeye Steel Mill Blues 6:04
09. Willie Rap 4:16
10. Georgia On My Mind 5:59
11. Everyday I Have The Blues 4:38

Personnel:
Willie Pooch, vocals
Tony Monaco, organ
Rick Collura, guitar
Louis Tsamous, drums





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