Recorded by T.S. MONK on CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Blue Note: CDP7 89050 2 / Recorded February 8-10 & 13, 1993
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Tenor Sax, Alto Sax, Trombone
3rd part: Baritone Sax, Bass Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
While not technically difficult, the phrasing in Monk's loving tribute to his wife will require close attention to get it just right. As the rhythm section doesn't play time for most of the arrangement, good internal time is required from everybody as well as coordination on matters of style and phrasing. This is a great way to work on the more interpretive musical aspects of the music without having to deal with many technical issues.
SOLOS: There are no improvised solos in the arrangement, just a second statement of the first half of the melody by the piano which is finished by the horns.
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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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