Recorded by T.S. MONK on TAKE ONE
Blue Note: CDP 7 99614 / Recorded October 16, 1991
||Medium up swing
The T.S. Monk Sextet's albums on Blue Note display his 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
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
Thelonious Monk's unique compositional voice comes through in this, his own sextet arrangement of one of his most compelling compositions. The unison melody line is interrupted by major seconds, requiring determination and an understanding of Monk's music to sound intentional. This is a great means of teaching more mature musicians the unique qualities of Monk's musical language.
SOLOS: The changes emphasize the cycle of fifths, using almost exclusively dominant seventh chords that either move according to the cycle or down in half steps. Once you understand the underlying logic (after some practice and study), the changes are very rewarding to play over.
Thelonious Monk/Genius Of Modern Music, v2 (Blue Note 81511)
Steve Lacy/Reflections (OJC (New Jazz) 063)
Ralph Peterson/Fo-Tet Plays Monk (Evidence 22174)
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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