Rico Monaco & Sol Sons

Rico Monaco & Sol Sons

Rico Monaco & Sol Sons

Luna Salerno


Orlando’s Rico Monaco & Sol Sons combine Latin rhythms, generic rock, and schlocky pop that is professionally performed and produced but won’t exactly set the world on fire with originality. The music of Santana and Tito Puente come immediately to mind but everything from Latin jazz to Van Halen get put into the blender on Luna Salerno.

This eight-song disc includes two versions of “Ciao Bella Signorina,” a slick pop/rock tune with a Latin beat and Monaco’s Santana-like guitar playing. You also get lame, dull jazzy ballads like “One Step Closer to You” and the instrumental title track. There’s also a long, ambitious studio jam called “Vesuvio” that attempts to tell the story of the famous volcano’s eruption in music. The band pays tribute to the late percussionist Puente (even name checking him if you didn’t get the point) with some help from Tito Jr. on “Ya Ya Ma Ma.”

The centerpiece of the record is the rather obnoxious “Say Cabo,” wherein the band tells of their adventures onstage in Mexico with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony after winning something called the Hard Rock Café/Cabo Wabo Tequila National Battle of the Bands in 2002. They name check Van Halen’s OU812 and give “Muchas Gracias to mi amigo Sam.” It’s really an excuse for Monaco to do his best Eddie Van Halen impression. As such it’s loud and irritating.

This disc isn’t for me but if you’re having trouble waiting for the next Santana disc or you’ve gotten way too much sun and had too much Cabo Wabo to drink, this stuff might start to sound good to you.

Rico Monaco: www.ricomonaco.com

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Recently on Ink 19...

  • The Reading Room
    The Reading Room

    Today’s episode features author Anna-Marie O’Brien talking about her book Adventures of a Metalhead Librarian: A Rock N’ Roll Memoir with Ink 19’s Rose Petralia.

  • Bush Tetras
    Bush Tetras

    Rhythm and Paranoia (Wharf Cat). Review by Scott Adams.

  • Tom Tom Club
    Tom Tom Club

    The Good The Bad and the Funky (Nacional). Review by Julius C. Lacking.

  • Barnes & Barnes
    Barnes & Barnes

    Pancake Dream (Demented Punk Records). Review by Carl F. Gauze.

  • Jeremiah Lockwood
    Jeremiah Lockwood

    A Great Miracle: Jeremiah Lockwood’s Guitar Soli Chanukah Album (Reboot). Review by Bob Pomeroy.

  • Metallica: The $24.95 Book
    Metallica: The $24.95 Book

    From an underground band that pioneered the thrash metal sound, to arguably the biggest rock act in the new millennium, Metallica has had a long and tumultuous history. Ben Apatoff scours a myriad of sources to catalog this history in his new book.

  • Araceli Lemos
    Araceli Lemos

    Shortly after AFI Fest 2021 wrapped, Generoso spoke at length with director, Araceli Lemos about her award-winning and potent feature debut, Holy Emy. Lemos’s film uses elements of body horror in her story about the exoticization of two Filipina sisters living in Greece and how that exploitation creates a distance between them.

  • Southern Accents 55
    Southern Accents 55

    A woofin’ good time with cuts from Hank Williams, Muddy Waters, Delta Moon and more from KMRD 96.9, Madrid, New Mexico!

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    Absurdism with a healthy dose of air conditioning.

  • Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist
    Mixtape 172 :: My Old Bassist

    Like pre-teens throwing every liquid into the kitchen blender and daring each other to drink the results, Woody and Jeremy fuse all manner of sounds legitimate and profane into some murky concoction that tastes surprisingly good.

From the Archives