T.S. Monk: Monk on Monk
A bevy of jazz legends gathered to assist T.S. Monk on this project. Wayne Shorter contributes a hauntingly fragile soprano sax reading of "Crepescule With Nellie." Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter are wonderful on "Two Timer" (a never-before-recorded Monk tune) and there are fine solos from Roy Hargrove, Wallace Roney, Jimmy Heath, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Grover Washington, Jr. and others. And there are vocal turns by Kevin Mahogany (a languid "Ruby My Dear") and Nnenna Freelon and Dianne Reeves on a playful scat-filled version of "In Walked Bud" (re-titled "Suddenly" for the version with lyrics). T.S. Monk plays a supporting role here, content to lay down a solid drum groove and let the guest soloists have the spotlight.
Sickler's arrangements suggest a big band sound in fullness but the reed and brass sections never overpower the music. Sickler takes a few liberties with the rhythms of "Little Rootie Tootie" and makes it even more Monkish. The choice of tunes is inspired, primarily featuring songs which Thelonious Monk wrote in honor of family members and friends. T.S. Monk has offered up a loving tribute to the complex genius he knew as "Dad."
Monk on Monk also contains an enhanced portion which you can play on your computer. It features interviews with T.S. Monk and rehearsal footage.
Little Rootie Tootie; Crepuscule With Nellie; Boo Boo's Birthday; Dear Ruby (Ruby My Dear); Two Timer; Bright Mississippi; Suddenly (In Walked Bud); Ugly Beauty; Jackie-ing.
Record Label: N2K Encoded Music