Recorded by T.S. MONK on CHANGING OF THE GUARD
Blue Note: CDP7 89050 2 / Recorded February 8-10 & 13, 1993
1st part: Trumpet, Alto Sax, C treble clef
2nd part: Alto Sax, Tenor Sax
3rd part: Tenor Sax, Baritone Sax, Trombone
Rhythm Section: Piano, Bass, Drums, Guitar
In true Monk fashion, this arrangement revolves around the interplay between the front line and the rhythm section. A great chart to get the rhythm section thinking as a unit and to foster careful, accurate execution of tricky, exposed rhythmic figures. It's also a good introduction to the elusive complexities of Monk's music.
SOLOS: The changes are an unconventional arrangement of conventional harmonies. They're not beyond a moderately-skilled improviser, and they'll open up some new creative avenues for more experienced soloists.
Thelonious Monk/Trio (OJC (Prestige) 010)
Thelonious Monk/Monk's Dream (Columbia CK 40786)
Dick Katz/Three Way Play (Reservoir 127)
Don Braden/After Dark (Criss Cross 1081)
Larry Young/Art Of Larry Young (Blue Note 99177)
Ralph Moore/Furthermore (Landmark 1526)
THELONIOUS MONK (1917-1981) One of Jazz's greatest composers, a pianist with an instantly recognizable style that defies imitation as well as one of its most enigmatic, yet colorful figures, Thelonious Monk's stature as an artist continues to grow as many of today's most prominent Jazz artists record his compositions, even devoting entire albums devoted to his music. Thelonious grew up in New York and was part of the fertile Jazz scene at Mintons and other 52nd Street clubs where the language of bebop was being created. Like Miles Davis, his musical apprenticeship was brief and he spent virtually his entire career as a leader. Monk's compositions and playing were so advanced, even for bebop, that he remained relatively obscure (but not to fellow musicians) until a famous 1957 gig at the Five Spot with John Coltrane. From that point on, he toured and recorded regularly until his health caused him to retire in the early 1970s. Monk's extensive discography, primarily on the Blue Note, Riverside and Columbia labels, includes various recordings of such standards as 'Round Midnight, In Walked Bud, Well You Needn't, Blue Monk and Straight, No Chaser. Monk's legacy continues to grow, not only from reissues of his albums and new recordings of his compositions, but through the work of his son T.S. Monk and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Among the past winners of its annual competition are Joshua Redman and Jacky Terrason.
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