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Only Monk

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Evidence
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Humph
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Eronel
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Pannonica
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Little Rootie Tootie
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Misterioso
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Work
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Light Blue
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Who Knows?
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Total Tracks: 9   Total Length: 44:57

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A gem

DelireMan

Don't listen to the jerk below - he calls the music crap, so I can call him a jerk, right? Lacy is one of the most influential interpreters of Monk's music. He even played in Monk's quintet. And his approach of Monk was revolutionary at the time, even back in 1966 - his School Days quartet was the first piano-less group devoted to the music of Monk, a pianist. The first and not the last one (see Jean Derome's √Čvidence Trio as, ahem, evidence of this).

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Innaccurate listing, junk, waste of time ..

Derek

Nothing to do with Monk - beats me what this crap is doing here (or anywhere for that matter).

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Six Degrees of Thelonious Monk’s Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Six Degrees of Thelonious Monk’s Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

It used to be easier to pretend that an album was its own perfectly self-contained artifact. The great records certainly feel that way. But albums are more permeable than solid, their motivations, executions and inspirations informed by, and often stolen from, their peers and forbearers. It all sounds awfully formal, but it's not. It's the very nature of music — of art, even. The Six Degrees features examine the relationships between classic records and five… more »

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Don Cherry: Pied Piper with a Pocket Trumpet

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

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House Party Starting: Playing Herbie Nichols

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

Ask a jazz fan about Herbie Nichols, and the reaction is likely to be either, "He's a genius," or "Who?" The pianist and composer is the paradigm of a genius neglected in his own time. Nichols's classic mid-'50s sides for Blue Note were all but forgotten when he passed at 44 in 1963. A.B. Spellman memorialized him with a chapter in 1966's Four Lives in the Be-Bop Business, but he didn't get much respect till… more »

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The Rise and Fall of Lucky Thompson

By Kevin Whitehead, Contributor

A few years ago, Italian saxophonist Daniele D'Agaro was visiting Chicago, and a critic friend put on a fairly obscure record to stump him. D'Agaro listened for about three seconds, said: "Lucky." Good ears. He knows the distinctive sound of Lucky Thompson after he started hanging out in Paris and playing sumptuous tenor saxophone ballads recalling old idol Don Byas's Parisian sides. On "Solitude" and "We'll Be Together Again," from Lucky in Paris 1959, his tenor's… more »

They Say All Music Guide

Steve Lacy has long been one of the foremost interpreters of pianist Thelonious Monk’s music. This set is a solo soprano saxophone recital in which Lacy digs into nine of Monk’s compositions. Most of the interpretations are quite concise, with all but the seven-minute “Work” clocking in at under six minutes. As usual, Lacy shows great respect for the melodies, and his improvisations are built off of the themes rather than just the chord changes. The sparse setting allows the soprano master to utilize space effectively and to take his time. The overall results, which are certainly for selective tastes, are often fascinating. – Scott Yanow