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Recorded May 21, 1963, this two-disc reissue represents classic Monk. Adventurous in his creative interplay with Charlie Rouse, Thelonious Monk wove lines that turned unexpectedly time and again. On his way to worldwide acclaim, Monk was already there musically. The 24-bit digitally remastered sound on this collection brings every nuance to the listener: clear as a bell and exciting. With walking bass and a swinging drummer, Monk and Rouse roll through familiar songs.
As they chase each other through "Bemsha Swing," you've got to wonder why so many of today's jazz artists prefer to add extras to their lineups. Monk and Brubeck brought their quartets into the mainstream with nothing more than four distinct voices that interacted musically. There was no need to add synth strings, finger chimes, congas, backup vocalists or keyboard drones. Rouse and Monk remake "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You" in their own glib style. "Hackensack" and "Evidence" drive with foot-tappin' energy. When Monk adds a few chord wrinkles to Butch Warren's walking bass solo, you can hear the audience laugh lightly. They loved the show. This is one of the best from Monk's classic quartet.
Track Listing: Straight, No Chaser; Pannonica; Just a Gigolo; Evidence; Jackie-ing; Bemsha Swing; Epistrophy; I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You; Hackensack; Blue Monk; Epistrophy.
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me
I grew up listening to mainstream '70s rock then ended up on the staff at the college paper at San Diego State, and volunteered to review heavy metal LPs. My second semester, the music editor dropped a Fenton Robinson LP on my desk, Night Flight. You like metal; they play guitar--he plays guitar, the editor told me. If we don't run a review, Alligator Records is going to stop servicing us.
Night Flight opened up a whole new world for me--the blues led me, inevitably, to Basie, who led to Duke, who led to Mingus, who led to Miles, who led to ...