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MONK'estra Vol. 1

John Beasley

MONK'estra Vol. 1

Price: € 19.95 13.97
Format: CD
Label: Mack Avenue
UPC: 0673203111325
Catnr: MAC 1113
Release date: 26 August 2016
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Label
Mack Avenue
UPC
0673203111325
Catalogue number
MAC 1113
Release date
26 August 2016

"Beasley, pianist, composer, producer and arranger, is anything but a lightweight in the music."

Jazzmo', 22-9-2017
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About the album

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 (piano)

Born in Louisiana, Beasley started writing arrangements in junior high school, which sparked the attention of Jimmy Lyons—the founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival—who recommended him for a scholarship at the Stan Kenton summer jazz camp. The pianist cut his teeth with Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard in the 1980s and has since performed and recorded with a who’s who of artists including James Brown, Marcus Miller, Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, Steely Dan, Dianne Reeves, Sergio Mendes, Carly Simon, John Patitucci, Al Jarreau, Kelly Clarkson, George Duke, John Legend, Chick Corea, Destiny’s Child and Queen Latifah, among others. Living in Hollywood, Beasley juggled a touring musician’s schedule while working in studios composing for award- winning television sitcoms and commercials including Cheers,...
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Born in Louisiana, Beasley started writing arrangements in junior high school, which sparked the attention of Jimmy Lyons—the founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival—who recommended him for a scholarship at the Stan Kenton summer jazz camp. The pianist cut his teeth with Miles Davis and Freddie Hubbard in the 1980s and has since performed and recorded with a who’s who of artists including James Brown, Marcus Miller, Chaka Khan, Christian McBride, Steely Dan, Dianne Reeves, Sergio Mendes, Carly Simon, John Patitucci, Al Jarreau, Kelly Clarkson, George Duke, John Legend, Chick Corea, Destiny’s Child and Queen Latifah, among others.

Living in Hollywood, Beasley juggled a touring musician’s schedule while working in studios composing for award- winning television sitcoms and commercials including Cheers, Family Ties, Star Trek and Fame, to name a few. He has worked with multiple Oscar-nominated film composer Thomas Newman for three decades on credits including James Bond Spectre and Skyfall, Get On Up: James Brown, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel I & II, Finding Nemo & Finding Dory, Wall- E, Shawshank Redemption and more.

While touring with Miles Davis, Beasley was inspired to make his first of eleven recordings, Cauldron—which was produced by Walter Becker of Steely Dan-and went on to earn a GRAMMY® Award-nomination for his 2011 release Positootly!. He has since served as musical director for the Monk Institute’s gala concerts since 2011, guiding legends and the next generation of jazz greats through all-star tributes to Quincy Jones, Bill Clinton, George Duke and Aretha Franklin. He has also served this role for International Jazz Day since 2012, notably at the White House’s 2016 blowout bash. Under the global eye, he seamlessly shaped the televised concert featuring Aretha Franklin, Wayne Shorter, Joey Alexander and Sting through a night of swing and celebration. Since 2005, Beasley has worked as Lead Arranger for American Idol until its final season in 2016, and ushered the twelve female finalists of 2005 (including Carrie Underwood) by coaching and rehearsing them as well as selecting and arranging songs.


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Beasley, pianist, composer, producer and arranger, is anything but a lightweight in the music.
Jazzmo', 22-9-2017

MONK'estra flew high and enthralling with modern interpretations, through fast passages and irregular signatures.
NRC Handelsblad, 08-7-2017

Jazz, blues, soul, pop, rock, country, or classical music – John Beasley plays it all. This American pianist,  composer and arranger has already had a career that spans three decades
Jazzism, 19-6-2017

''Beasley has a more than fine orchestra around him that sounds fresh and makes the music sound spontanious.'' 
Jazzism, 01-12-2016

In that sense this is a rich album.
Jazzmozaiek, 01-12-2016

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