All About Jazz

Home » Articles » History of Jazz

19

Monk's Trumpets

Matt Lavelle By

Sign in to view read count
In 1967 Monk insisted to George Wein that Copeland join a European tour as part of a larger ensemble over Clark Terry. Both Copeland and Terry ended up with Monk in a nonet performance captured on November 3rd of that year in Paris with interesting results. Throughout the concert there is creative tension between Monk and Copeland. On "We See," Copeland starts his solo without Monk behind him and uses the melody but on the bridge resorts to total and aggressive chord change outlining. He then enters a type of abyss where he vacillates between fast playing and upper register explorations that don't sound connected to the melody or Monk himself. On "Epistrophy," Copeland switches to flugel. On his solo, Monk tries to connect with him but it sounds like they each can't hear or aren't listening to each other, much like a musical disagreement. Copeland ends up going his own way, but has a hard time owning the situation like Johnny Griffin. On "Oska-T," Copeland and Monk can't connect and the modal environment seems to feel uncomfortable for Copeland, whose playing style is based on more distinct chordal movement. Jimmy Cleveland gives us a rare chance to hear a trombone solo with Monk. He starts off very relaxed, almost too much, then switches to high range and fast technical playing, almost in retaliation against himself, or perhaps he just changed his mind or suddenly felt a different gear. Clark Terry later solos on "Evidence," mostly in a trio format in one of the most adventurous solos of his career. Clark uses his technique, sound and style aggressively challenging his own boundaries, validating Charles Mingus' claim that with Clark he could make the quintessential avant-garde album. Clark returns to solo on "Blue Monk" using his plunger where he and Monk connect effectively while both being true to themselves. The blues of course become the common ground that seems to unite all jazz musicians. Throughout this concert there seems to be a creative tension between Monk and all the horn players. As the horns are placed or pushed outside their comfort zones, they respond with technical assaults, trying to overcome the tension with virtuosity.

Getting back to Copeland, he was also a teacher and composer, premiering his "Classical Jazz suite in six movements" at Lincoln Center in 1970. In 1974 he published a book called the Ray Copeland Approach to the Creative Art of Jazz Improvisation. Copeland was also the musical director of the great album by Archie Shepp titled Attica Blues. Mr. Shepp told me that he had enormous respect for Copeland and at one point they both had to overcome physical diversity that challenged their embouchures. A last shocking fact is that while appearing on 101 recordings, Copeland never recorded as a leader. His son was the late drummer Keith Copeland.

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

History of Jazz
In Pictures
Highly Opinionated
Best of / Year End
What is Jazz?
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960

Les Liaisons...

Sam Records
2017

buy
Newport '59

Newport '59

Concert Vault
2013

buy
Paris 1969

Paris 1969

Blue Note / Capitol
2013

buy
 

The Ultimate...

Sony Music
2012

buy
 

Anthology

Sony Music
2011

buy
Monk's Music

Monk's Music

Original Jazz Classics Remasters
2011

buy

Related Articles

Read Monk's Trumpets History of Jazz
Monk's Trumpets
by Matt Lavelle
Published: March 2, 2018
Read Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History History of Jazz
Pittsburgh Jazz: A Brief History
by Steve Rowland
Published: June 14, 2017
Read Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History History of Jazz
Philadelphia Jazz: A Brief History
by Jack McCarthy
Published: May 24, 2017
Read History of Jazz Timeline: Bibliography History of Jazz
History of Jazz Timeline: Bibliography
by AAJ Staff
Published: April 22, 2004
Read "Monk's Trumpets" History of Jazz Monk's Trumpets
by Matt Lavelle
Published: March 2, 2018
Read "Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center" New York Beat Jelly Roll Morton Front and (Lincoln) Center
by Nick Catalano
Published: September 19, 2017
Read "Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2017" In Pictures Freihofer's Saratoga Jazz Festival 2017
by Richard Conde
Published: July 9, 2017
Read "Dálava, Gordon Grdina and Mikkel Ploug: Songs Old, and Sounds New" Hi-Res Jazz Dálava, Gordon Grdina and Mikkel Ploug: Songs Old,...
by Mark Werlin
Published: December 19, 2017
Read "Lila Downs at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn" Live Reviews Lila Downs at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn
by Ernest Barteldes
Published: July 9, 2017
Read "Take Five with Jose Negroni" Take Five With... Take Five with Jose Negroni
by Jose Negroni
Published: November 16, 2017
Read "Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017" In Pictures Norfolk Waterfront Jazz Festival 2017
by Mark Robbins
Published: August 9, 2017