238

Georg Graewe - Marcio Mattos - Michael Vatcher: Impressions Of Monk

Glenn Astarita By

Sign in to view read count
Not often will you hear Thelonius Monk's music performed in the manner that is represented on Impressions Of Monk by the Trio consisting of pianist Georg Graewe, bassist Marcio Mattos and drummer Michael Vatcher. Following up their extraordinary and largely improvised freshman release for "nuscope recordings titled, "Subsymbolism , the group take on Monk's work in ambitious fashion although these translations may seem a tad unconventional to Monk purists.

Throughout, the musicians deconstruct and reinvent several well-known Monk compositions primarily exercised as vehicles for improvisational episodes, that contain a fair amount of bump and grind, passionate exchanges and diverse rhythmic interludes. On Monk's "Trinkle Tinkle , Graewe playfully exaggerates the familiar theme while also molding disparate concepts and elements into the main fabric or framework of the rhythmic flow and melody line. Frisky yet focused interplay prevails as the band interprets Monk's tricky chord progressions and odd-metered time signatures to their advantage. Graewe's flailing left-hand right-hand arpeggios and huge block chords entice Vatcher and Mattos to pursue intense rhythms at a seemingly impossible or unlikely pace. The band swing and meld free-bop style motifs on Monk's "Off Minor as Graewe injects Bud Powell-like, blistering right hand leads here and elsewhere........ With "Coming On The Hudson , the Trio purvey subtle dynamics and crisp rhythms as all hell eventually breaks loose. The musicians perform an engagingly distorted yet sonorous and bluesy version of "Work while continuing along similar paths on several of these renditions of Monk classics.

Without further ado, Impressions Of Monk is a stylish effort from a band who continue to redefine the art of the "" Modern Jazz/Improvising Piano Trio "" as they seek out previously uncharted terrain while having a little fun during the process! Recommended....* * * *

All compositions by Thelonius Monk

Cadence North Country and Wayside Music distribute "nuscope recordings in North America.


Title: Impressions Of Monk | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Nuscope Recordings


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Way of It CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Tag Book CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Hide Ye Idols CD/LP/Track Review Hide Ye Idols
by Troy Collins
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Spavati, Mozda Sanjati CD/LP/Track Review Spavati, Mozda Sanjati
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "Southern Avenue" CD/LP/Track Review Southern Avenue
by James Nadal
Published: February 10, 2017
Read "Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues" CD/LP/Track Review Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me: The Micros Play...
by Troy Dostert
Published: March 3, 2017
Read "Mother Tongue" CD/LP/Track Review Mother Tongue
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 3, 2017
Read "Roots Of Unity" CD/LP/Track Review Roots Of Unity
by Roger Farbey
Published: January 25, 2017
Read "Soul Trio" CD/LP/Track Review Soul Trio
by Anthony Shaw
Published: August 24, 2017
Read "Green With Envy" CD/LP/Track Review Green With Envy
by James Nadal
Published: March 28, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor