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The singular music of jazz legend Thelonious Monk has been interpreted by countless players over the years. Great jazz pianists like Bud Powell, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Randy Weston, Barry Harris, Keith Jarrett and Chick Corea have dealt with his unorthodox dissonances, angular melodic twists, percussive attack and dramatic use of silences and hesitations. Saxophonists from Sonny Rollins and John Coltrane to Steve Lacy and Anthony Braxton and trumpeters from Miles Davis and Chet Baker to Woody Shaw and Wallace Roney have covered Monk’s music. Others like salsa king Tito Puente and trumpeter- conguero Jerry Gonzalez and his Fort Apache Band have interpreted Monk’s idiosyncratic rhythms through their own Afro-Cuban prism while the great Andalusian pianist Chano Dominguez has offered a passionate flamenco spin on Monk. What is it about Monk's music that makes it so 'ripe' for interpretation? “It’s because he’s so hip in so many ways!,” says the Valencia-born pianist-composer and current Bay Area resident Alex Conde

Origins

Label: Uprising/Ropeadope
Released: 2018
Track listing: Bulerijazz; Upper West Side; Spring Break; La Leyenda Del Tiempo; Jungle Street; The Great Priest; El Emigrante; Soleà De Ismael; Descarga Por Bulerías; El Emigrante Instrumental.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Conde: Origins

Read "Origins" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Spanish pianist/composer Alex Conde has roots in flamenco, but his influences range widely through Afro-Cuban and American jazz idioms. He is now based in New York City, a place with a pool of musicians ideally suited to the musical blend he creates. The “origins" of the title refer to all of the pianist's roots, which he ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Duccio Bertini, Susana Sheiman: A Day In Barcelona

Read "A Day In Barcelona" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Registrato a Barcellona nel novembre 2015 e uscito sul finire del 2016, questo disco conferma le doti di orchestratore e bandleader di Duccio Bertini e quelle vocali di Susana Sheiman, una delle migliori cantanti del jazz nella penisola iberica. La formazione orchestrale comprende alcuni eccellenti solisti del jazz catalano e spagnolo, come il trombettista David Pastor, ...

Descarga for Monk

Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2015
Track listing: Played Twice; Thelonious; Think of One; Ugly Beauty; 'Round Midnight; Monk's Dream; Evidence; Ruby My Dear; Pannonica.

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Think of One

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Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2015
Duration: 05:53

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2015

Read "Mark Sullivan’s Best Releases of 2015" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

This is my first year end list as an AAJ contributor, hopefully the first of many! I reviewed a lot of great music, major label and independent productions alike. Here's the ten that rose to the top of my list of favorites, in no particular order. Eberhard Weber Hommage à Eberhard ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Chris Trinidad: Chris Trinidad’s Certain Times

Read "Chris Trinidad’s Certain Times" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Bright, upbeat modern jazz from bassist/composer Chris Trinidad and his quartet. The Filipino-Canadian leader (now residing in the Bay Area) set out to make groove-oriented music; he structured the tunes with few chords (to give the soloists more freedom), and chose a low woodwind sound to occasionally double his bass riffs. The choice of instrumentation has ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Alex Conde: Descarga for Monk

Read "Descarga for Monk" reviewed by Mark Sullivan

Spanish pianist-composer Alex Conde (currently residing in the Bay Area) unites his love of flamenco and the music of Thelonious Monk with these creative arrangements. Conde is a working flamenco musician, having spent the last four years with renowned U.S. flamenco company the Juan Siddi Flamenco Theatre Company. He also attended the Berklee College of Music, ...

TRACK OF THE DAY

Ugly Beauty

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Label: Zoho Music
Released: 2015
Duration: 06:07


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