John Beasley

MONK'estra Vol. 1

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203111325
Catnr: MAC 1113
Release date: 26 August 2016
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Mack Avenue
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0673203111325
Catalogue number
MAC 1113
Release date
26 August 2016
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Thelonious Monk is a Mount Rushmore figure in the creation of modern jazz. As the centennial of his birth rapidly approaches, Beasley—pianist, conductor and arranger—has grappled with the complex composer’s legacy with his versatile big band riffing on the wit and unmistakable architecture of the Monk songbook with irrepressible energy and swinging abandon on MONK’estra, Volume 1.

‘The sound and the feel of MONK’estra is inspired by the spirit of Thelonious Monk which is about swing, feel, experimenting, and modern contemporary harmony. Undeniably, I have been transfixed and transformed by Monk. As a teen, I would stare at his album covers, read every word written in the liner notes, because I felt that there were so many layers and layers of messages he was trying to communicate in his genius, music, art, words, and non-words. He showed us how to be free, courageous, experimental, and non-judgmental. Palms together and deep bow to you, my teacher, Thelonious Monk.’ – John Beasley

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John Beasley has shared stages with some of the most important names in jazz during his three-decade career. From his days as a member of Freddie Hubbard’s quintet and one of Miles Davis’ last touring bands to his role as Music Director for Jazz Day galas for the Thelonious Monk Institute, Beasley has had a first-hand involvement with the genre's never-ending evolution.

Thelonious Monk is a Mount Rushmore figure in the creation of modern jazz. As the centennial of his birth rapidly approaches, Beasley—pianist, conductor and arranger—has grappled with the complex composer’s legacy with his versatile big band riffing on the wit and unmistakable architecture of the Monk songbook with irrepressible energy and swinging abandon on MONK’estra, Volume 1, available August 19 on Mack Avenue Records

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