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Thelonious Monk Redux

3 years agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

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.
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"Reflections" - Steve Lacy

Music / Jazz : This Shape of Jazz (7 years ago)

I think this is one of the finest, individualistic interpretations of Thelonious Monk tunes that I have heard.  You can tell Lacy really understood how to translate his melodies and work them with just the right amount of dissonan... Read Post

Riviere Composers' Pool: Summer Works 2009

Music / Jazz : All About Jazz (4 years ago)

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

"School Days" Contains Classic Interpretations of Monk's Music

Music / Blues : In a Blue Mood (4 years ago)

School Days is the somewhat legendary recording made by the quartet of soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, trombonist Roswell Rudd, bassist Henry Grimes (and other bassists) and drummer Dennis Charles. This was a band with a repertoire ... Read Post

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