Perhaps there are no better contemporary homages to pianist and composer m: Thelonious Monk than the ones re-imagined by soprano saxophonist m: Steve Lacy and trombonist m: Roswell Rudd, as well as by pianist m: Misha Mengelberg. But the greatest of all is the short one by composer and pianist m: Heiner Stadler. That seminal album--Tribute to Bird and Monk (Tomato, 1978; Labor Records, 2011)--alone gave evidence that Monk's music would live on for scores of succeeding generations.
One of my favorite Thelonious Monk sessions took place on May 30, 1952, his last for Blue Note Records. There's a slippery urgency to the pianist's playing on this date, and the sidemen are both bluesy and martini dry. Joining... Read Post
Rivière composers' pool summer works 2009 emanem 2010 summer works 2009 is, very possibly, one of the finest testaments to spontaneously composed contemporary music since saxophonist m: steve lacy fired his first broadsides in e... Read Post