Recorded by T.S. MONK on TAKE ONE
Blue Note: CDP 7 99614 / Recorded October 16, 1991
The T.S. Monk Sextet's albums on Blue Note display this group's dedication to performing a repertory of modern jazz classics. These three albums feature works by Monk's father, pianist THELONIOUS MONK, one of jazz's most original composers. There are also works by trumpeters IDREES SULIEMAN (who worked with Thelonious Monk and Coleman Hawkins) and TOMMY TURRENTINE (who worked with Jackie McLean and Max Roach), and another great Jazz Messenger pianist, WALTER DAVIS, JR. who has his own album on Blue Note. RONNIE MATHEWS, pianist with T.S. Monk, has recorded albums with Freddie Hubbard, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Louis Hayes and Sam Jones, as well as his own albums as a leader.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This lovely ballad features rich harmonies and a melody that brings out mature musicality even in young musicians. All three horns trade the melody so everybody gets time in the spotlight. This is a great means of encouraging active listening by all members of the ensemble.
SOLOS: These are some of the easier ballad changes among our sextets with each colorful change in harmony given enough time to be heard and explored. There are many II-Vs, some colored by creative embellishments and passing chords.
IDREES SULIEMAN (b. 1923) A fine bebop trumpeter who remains active, Idrees Sulieman would likely be better known if he had not relocated to Europe for many years in the 1960s. He recorded with Thelonious Monk in 1947 and joined Cab Calloway's band in 1948. He subsequently worked in the bands of Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie. In the late 50s, he toured with Randy Weston before settling in Sweden. At that time, he also started performing on alto saxophone. He has worked with many other fine musicians such as Mal Waldron and Horace Parlan.
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