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.
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax (Soprano Sax)
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
This arrangement of one of Monk's more straight-ahead compositions allows players an opportunity to focus on the attitude of the performance rather than individual technical issues, at least through the opening statement of the melody. The shout chorus (an orchestration of Monk's piano solo) poses some technical challenges, requires good technique and tight ensemble playing but makes for an impressive musical peak in the arrangement.
SOLOS: The changes are unconventional but not overwhelming at a moderate tempo. They will force players beyond cliches and will open a player's mind and ears to new sounds.
Thelonious Monk/Monk (OJC(Prestige) 016)
Chick Corea/Trio Music (BMG 21232)
Danilo Perez/Panamonk (Impulse 190)
Wynton Marsalis/Think Of One (Columbia 38641)
THELONIOUS MONK (1917-1981) One of Jazz's greatest composers, a pianist with an instantly recognizable style that defies imitation as well as one of its most enigmatic, yet colorful figures, Thelonious Monk's stature as an artist continues to grow as many of today's most prominent Jazz artists record his compositions, even devoting entire albums devoted to his music. Thelonious grew up in New York and was part of the fertile Jazz scene at Mintons and other 52nd Street clubs where the language of bebop was being created. Like Miles Davis, his musical apprenticeship was brief and he spent virtually his entire career as a leader. Monk's compositions and playing were so advanced, even for bebop, that he remained relatively obscure (but not to fellow musicians) until a famous 1957 gig at the Five Spot with John Coltrane. From that point on, he toured and recorded regularly until his health caused him to retire in the early 1970s. Monk's extensive discography, primarily on the Blue Note, Riverside and Columbia labels, includes various recordings of such standards as 'Round Midnight, In Walked Bud, Well You Needn't, Blue Monk and Straight, No Chaser. Monk's legacy continues to grow, not only from reissues of his albums and new recordings of his compositions, but through the work of his son T.S. Monk and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Among the past winners of its annual competition are Joshua Redman and Jacky Terrason.
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