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Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue

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Organist Gregory Lewis gained the nickname “Organ Monk" due to his specialization in the music of Thelonious Monk. Known for his exaggerated, florid playing, this is the third CD he's done of Monk's music and this time he has teamed up with a musician who can match him flourish for flourish, chameleon guitarist Marc Ribot. Lewis' grandiose organ style, with its long sustains and dramatic sweeps, is a force in its own right but Ribot makes things even ...

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Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk Blue

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Pianist Thelonious Monk is organist Gregory Lewis' primary source of inspiration, so much so that Lewis has adopted the stage name Organ Monk. His first two releases were mostly homages to Monk and replete with the latter's originals. After forays into other material, including the poignant The Breathe Suite (Self Produced, 2017) about recent racial injustices that unnecessarily claimed young lives, Lewis returns to the “genius of modern music" with Organ Monk Blue. On the current album Lewis ...

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Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

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Gregory Lewis aka Organ Monk, is an organ player with a uniquely grandiose and dramatic style that owes as much to a prog rock icon like Keith Emerson as to a Jimmy Smith. That was clear enough on his previous recording, American Standard where he played a selection of familiar pop standards. It's even more evident on this CD. As the track titles indicate, The Breathe Suite is a unified work deals with the last few years of ...

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Gregory Lewis: Organ Monk, The Breathe Suite

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Gregory Lewis has been fairly obsessed with the music of Thelonius Monk from a young age when he first started out performing Monk's repertoire on piano. So the adopted moniker Organ Monk seems appropriate. His move to the Hammond B3 was significant because the style he evinced is remarkably close to that of the late Larry Young rather than say that of, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff or Jimmy McGriff. The longest track at nearly twenty minutes, “The Chronicles ...