Post Tagged with: "Thelonious Monk"

Gregory Lewis, with Marc Ribot – Organ Monk Blue (2018)

Gregory Lewis, with Marc Ribot – Organ Monk Blue (2018)

‘Organ Monk Blue’ sustains Gregory Lewis’ intriguing concept of a Thelonious Monk on the organ. It didn’t hurt that this time Lewis revitalizes the blues along the way, too.

Ben Goldberg, Adam Levy, Smith Dobson – Worry Later (2014)

An album shaped by both interpretations of Monk and the interaction among these three.

On Second Thought: Matthew Shipp Trio – Root Of Things (2014)

On Second Thought: Matthew Shipp Trio – Root Of Things (2014)

As I listen to pianist Matthew Shipp’s latest release, there’s a part of me that finds it difficult to not be unduly influenced by the knowledge that Shipp thinks that Stanley Crouch is a horse’s ass. That influence is hard to ignore, since one of the qualities of Shipp’s pronouncements is total honesty. A beautiful and rare thing.

Something Else! sneak peek: Eric Reed, “Gallop’s Gallop” from The Adventurous Monk (2014)

Eric Reed, who rose to fame in the early 1990s with Wynton Marsalis, has discovered a well spring of inspiration in the music of Thelonious Monk, as “Gallop’s Gallop” heralds his third tribute album to the offbeat jazz genius.

One Step Beyond, Part 2: Sammy Stein on the development of free jazz

This is part two of Sammy Stein’s comprehensive look into the genesis of the rangy improvisational genre of music that eventually became known as free jazz. [Click here for Part 1.]

Marc Riordan Quartet – Binoculars (2012)

Marc Riordan Quartet – Binoculars (2012)

It’s a recurring theme we like to discuss here, about great jazz drummers who’ve composed music and led bands from the drum stool.

Steely Dan Sunday, "Reflections" (1984, 1988)

<<< BACKWARD (“Shanghai Confidential”) ||| ONWARD (“Trans-Island Skyway”) >>> *** STEELY DAN SUNDAY INDEX *** I really debated on whether this recording belongs in the series; this cut from the movie soundtrack for Arthur 2: On the Rocks is jointly credited to the song’s only performers: Steve Khan and Donald Fagen. Furthermore, it’s a Thelonious Monk cover.

Jimmy Owens – The Monk Project (2012)

I was struck, time and again, by the considered, almost slow-motion attention to detail here, as trumpeter Jimmy Owens and Co. tease out every blues-soaked nuance from the oft-heard music of Thelonious Monk.

Movies: Jean Bach – A Great Day in Harlem (1994)

New York City circa 1958, for the jazz aficionado, was the place to be. Possibly no other artifact can confirm this statement with more clarity than photographer Art Kane’s landmark portrait A Great Day in Harlem.

One Track Mind: Jason Stein Quartet, "Work" (2011)

One of the more distinctive and convincing points made by Ted Gioia in his definitive chronicle of jazz, The History of Jazz (1997, rev. 2011, Oxford University Press) is about the under-credited impact pianist Lennie Tristano made