Matthew Brubeck/David Widelock: Monk/Not Monk
Monk tunes make up a quarter of the twelve tracks on this record; the rest range from Miles Davis to the Beatles. However, the contrapunctal spirit of Monk shines through in all the pieces. Whether arranged or improvised, Brubeck and Widelock engage in a dynamic interplay which never settles down into formation for long. Versatility and sensitivity are the key words here. Whether communicating the melancholy sweetness of Davis's "Nardis" or the jaunty blues of W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues" (with slide guitar), the duo find unusual and intriguing approaches. Monk/Not Monk is a real winner of a disc which continues to reward the listener after many spins on the CD player.
Beegum Records: 4685 Commonwealth Drive, Oakland CA 94605. Phone 510-638-8660.
Track Listing: In Walked Bud; Sweet and Lovely; Goodbye Porkpie Hat; Bye-Ya; Virtual Particles; St. Louis Blues; Crepuscule with Nellie; Babaria; Nardis; Fixing a Hole; Windows; Hard Times.
Personnel: Matthew Brubeck, cello; David Widelock, acoustic and electric guitars.
Record Label: Beegum Records