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CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jesse Stacken / Kirk Knuffke: Mockingbird

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This album's subtitle is The Music of Thelonious Monk & Duke Ellington, and it's refreshing to find the two pianist/composers united in a single conception, pointing out that they probably have more similarities than differences. This selection's other strong point (and this is all before its players even strike a note) is that the repertoire avoids almost all of the accustomed tune choices. From Monk, there's “Light Blue," “Teo," “Reflections" and “Bright Mississippi." From Ellington (and Billy Strayhorn), “Such Sweet ...


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