Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli and Kopasetic artists

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Deconstructing one of the original deconstructers of jazz, Thelonious Monk, is no easy task, but the Italian duo of trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini and percussionist Sergio Armaroli do exactly that on their new album Deconstructing Monk In Africa. It's one of the more unusual releases of late; you'll hear an excerpt from their extended work. Monk is also relevant to the career of pianist Frank Kimbrough. His Monk's Dreams: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk has been hailed by many as his finest work. I'll have a small tribute to Frank's passing in the third segment. Some of the releases from the Swedish Kopasetic label get sampled, as do new releases from Chicago's Kuzu, the free jazz duo of Rick Countryman & Sabu Toyozumi and Germany's fine trombonist Christof Thewes. You'll also hear the final part of Live At 55 Bar from Ben Monder, Tony Malaby & Tom Rainey.


  • Ben Monder, Tony Malaby & Tom Rainey "Suite 3320 Part 3" from Live At 55 Bar (Sunnyside) 00:00
  • Host speaks 15:17
  • Giancarlo Schiaffini & Sergio Armaroli "Deconstructing Monk In Africa" from Deconstructing Monk In Africa (Dodicilune) 17:21
  • Geof Bradfield, Ben Goldberg & Dana Hall "Under And Over" from General Semantics (Delmark) 27:30
  • Kari Ikonen "Koto" from Impressions, Improvisations & Compositions (Ozella) 32:43
  • Host speaks 37:33
  • Kuzu "It Simple Becomes Jammed Part 2" from The Glass Delusion (Astral Spirits) 38:41
  • Chicago Underground Quartet "Orgasm" from Good Days (Monofonus/Astral Spirits) 48:30
  • Host speaks 54:02
  • Tomasz Stanko Quintet "Czatownik" from Music For K (Power Bros.) 55:23
  • Cenlistho "Rorschach" from Rorschach (Kopasetic) 1:00:58
  • Host speaks 1:09:14
  • Peter Epstein, Johnny Amman & Peter Nillson "The Leaf's Impression" from Red Shift (Kopasetic) 1:10:57
  • Plunge "Chant" from Refreshingly Addictive (Kopasetic) 1:18:45
  • Leo Genovese Trio "Ciclones" from Sin Tiempo (Ears&Eyes) 1:28:29
  • Host speaks 1:35:18
  • Rick Countryman & Sabu Toyozumi "Flying Racoons" from I Am Village (FMR) 1:36:34
  • Chord Four "Prelude (Beetles and Dahlias)" from Bigger Smaller Nows (Self-released) 1:47:32
  • Host speaks 1:52:43
  • Christof Thewes & Underground Project}} "The Market At Limoges" from Modest Mussorgsky's Pictures At An Exhibition (Self-released) 1:53:20
  • Samuel Blaser Quartet "Mal's Blues" from Moods (Blaser Music) 2:01:16
  • Marco Collona & Alexander Hawkins "245" from Dolphy Underlined (Fundacja Sluchaj) 2:11:14
  • Host speaks 2:18:20
  • Frank Kimbrough "Ancestors" from Chant (Igmod) 2:21:33
  • Frank Kimbrough "Motility" from Chant (Igmod) 2:29:13
  • Frank Kimbrough "The Spins" from Noumena (Black Saint) 2:35:45
  • Frank Kimbrough "Waiting In Santander" from Play (Palmetto) 2:44:28
  • Host speaks 2:52:27
  • Rob Garcia "Father Get Ready" from Illumination (Fresh Sound New Talent) 2:53:30

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