Ralph Peterson Fo'tet: The Fo'tet Plays Monk
The Fo'tet Plays Monk (Ralph Peterson, drums; Belden Bullock, bass; Bryan Carrott, vibraphone; Steve Wilson, soprano sax) brings an adventurous creativity to a set of well-chosen tunes. Ralph Peterson is a fiery leader on drums and his arrangements look at the more familiar tunes from a fresh angle. "Jackie-ing", the disc opener, is given a funky New Orleans groove, while the time signature of "Epistrophy" is stretched to 7/4. On "Light Blue", Peterson lays down an African-influenced beat over the sinuous melody. The solos by Carrott and Wilson are consistently amazing throughout. Bullock lays down an unerring pulse with his dark woody bass sound. As always, Ralph Peterson creates rhythmic firestorms that are full of musical ideas and will have you smilingly in search of the One!
The Fo'tet Plays Monk is a dazzling tribute to the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk. Very highly recommended.
Jackie-ing; Skippy; Epistrophy; Played Twice; Light Blue; Criss Cross; Four in One; Monkin' Around; Spherically Speaking; Well You Needn't; Brilliant Corners (77:33)
Record Label: Evidence Music