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Ugly Beauty

Label: Texicalli
Released: 2017
Track listing: Gallop's Gallop; Bemsha Swing; Monk's Mood; Boo Boo's Birthday; Ask Me Now; Introspection; In Walked Bud; Work; Bemsha Swing (alternate take); Ugly Beauty

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Kadi Vija: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Nick Davies


Kadi Vija has a long history in vocal jazz improvisation and defines herself primarily as a vocal instrumentalist. Vija's music explores sounds from modernism, jazz and electronics, as well as a deep fascination with rhythmic variety. Her work at prestigious institutions such as the Berklee College of Music, Conservatory van Amsterdam and Sibelius Academy has built ...

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Kadi Vija & Lucas Dann: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Geno Thackara


Countless musicians have tackled the songs of Thelonious Monk, but it's arguably a rare performer who comes out just as angular and quirky as the man himself. When two such voices join together, both sharing an excellent feel for his tricky offbeat sensibility, it's a distinctly unusual pleasure. Through the brief half-hour of Ugly ...

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Kadi Vija and Lucas Dann: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Troy Dostert


It's hard to imagine anything more daunting for an up-and-coming vocalist than to tackle a vocal album of Thelonious Monk material--wordless, no less--with nothing more than piano accompaniment. Yet that's exactly what Finnish singer Kadi Vija has done here, along with Canadian pianist Lucas Dann. Hitting those crazy intervals and capturing the unique logic of Monk's ...

Album

Ugly Beauty

Label: Unit Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Ugly Beauty; Epistrophy; Bye-Ya; Ask Me Now; Wee See; Blue Monk.

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Monkbeatz: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Seventy years ago, nobody was playing pianist Thelonious Monk's music, except Monk. One of the originators of bebop, along with Dizzy Gillespie; Charlie Parker, and Bud Powell, he created his own language. As the 1940s turned into the 50s, Monk's music developed its own distinctive parlance. The earliest interpreter of Monk, maybe a better ...

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Ugly Beauty

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

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Video

Ugly Beauty

Featuring the music of Donal Fox and David Murray
Duration: 5:15

Donal Fox and David Murray in Session Recorded March 24, 1993, Studio B, WGBH-TV, Boston, MA. Donal Fox, piano David Murray, Tenor Saxophone "Ugly Beauty" by Thelonious Monk CD available on Evidence Music, Inc. (ECD 22131) Executive Producer: Jerry Gordon Liner Notes: Amiri Baraka
Album

Ugly Beauty

Label: Soul Note
Released: 2006
Track listing: 01. Miriam`s Doodles - 6:27; 02. Pannonica/Ugly Beauty - 7:06; 03. It Could Happen to You - 5:56; 04. My Lady - 4:28; 05. 29 J - 5:08; 06. English Rose - 5:48; 07. But Not for Me - 7:46; 08. Bouncing with Benny - 3:17

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Antonio Ciacca: Ugly Beauty

Read "Ugly Beauty" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff


Un nuovo acquisto per la scuderia diretta da Flavio Bonandrini: si tratta del pianista Antonio Ciacca, qui in compagnia di una ritmica americana. La sua musica si orienta senza inibizioni ai grandi modelli del passato, da Monk a chi ne ha seguito le orme, come Barry Harris e Jaki Byard, maestri di Ciacca. Lo rivela subito ...


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