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  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,362
    edited August 2023
    Over the years, I have scoped out the few biographies I have run across of Thelonious Monk, but hadn't come across anything truly satisfying... until this:  Thelonious Monk: His Life and Music by Thomas Fitterling, with an insightful forward by Steve Lacy.  YES, this is the one I've waited for!

    And as always happens, reading about a favorite musician gets me to digging into his or her catalogue.  This afternoon, I listened to the first side of this terrific album:

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    I only listened to one side- partly because my ears fatigue fairly quickly these days, but also because by the end of side one, I felt as though I had been vicariously transported to anther strange and beautiful universe and brought back completely satisfied.  I've listened to this entire record before, of course, but reading about Monk through Fitterling's work helped me to better lock into the master's unique sound- more so than I ever had before.

    The third cut, "Rhythm-A-Ning", was particularly transcending.  Tenor sax man Johnny Griffin takes the first solo- an amazing, lengthy, breathtakingly intense and fleet footed piece of work that never misses a step, soars yet yet somehow remains tethered, and finally lands with a slight alteration of the theme.  A that precise time, T himself lifts off. The latter part off Monk's superb solo includes some amazing runs that flow in opposite directions yet are completely fitting with each other.  I was utterly transfixed by this point.  Monk is followed by more brief but superb solos by bassist Amed Abdul-Malik and the ever-amazing Roy Haynes.

    This is amazing work that seems to defy normal boundaries of Jazz (or any music, for that matter), and yet at the same time is totally engaging and listenable- at least to these ears.  For me this is the kind of music that leaves me feeling like, Man!  I am glad I've lived long enough to experience this!

    Side note:  I am sorry the album cover did not transfer properly (this happens a lot to me on this site, by the way).  It is such a cool cover!  Check out the better picture here:

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    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • ZoSoTimZoSoTim Posts: 504
    I just started the Miles Davis autobiography today so I will likely be listening to a lot of Miles as I read. Watched Miles Ahead with Don Cheadle again recently and I liked it about as much when I saw it in the theater, which wasn't much.
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  • mrussel1mrussel1 Posts: 28,474
    Acoustic Sounds is having a little sale on a handful of their stuff.  Highly recommend the Coltrane and Bill Evans cuts here. 

    https://store.acousticsounds.com/index.cfm?get=results&saleid=692
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,362
    mrussel1 said:
    Acoustic Sounds is having a little sale on a handful of their stuff.  Highly recommend the Coltrane and Bill Evans cuts here. 

    https://store.acousticsounds.com/index.cfm?get=results&saleid=692

    Thank goodness I have my favorites of those or I'd be busting my piggy bank, lol.  But what I DON'T have but soon will is Pharoah Sanders' Karma.  That ones been on my want list for quite some time and having it on vinyl will (to the best of my knowledge) fill in the last gap (a HUGE gap) of my "wants" of Sanders records.  He's been  a favorite artist of mine for longer than I can remember, so this head up is MOST appreciated.
    Thank you!
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,362
    edited August 2023
    "Four in One" from this album is insane!
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    I wish I had a video of this number.  Seriously- the way the "big band" (a septet, actually) plays this composition at the beginning and the end of this piece is surreal- I kid you not.  The way the band play this super complex piece in unison gives it a feeling of soaring, but...  I can't even find the right words- I've never heard anything quite like it. 
    This one is really worth tracking down!

    EDIT:  I found this- this is longer than the version on the LP (or perhaps the LP version is edited?).  In any case- start at 13:15 which it where the piece and the band are at the top level of crazy good.  I just love this stuff!

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    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 38,602
    brianlux said:
    "Four in One" from this album is insane!
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    I wish I had a video of this number.  Seriously- the way the "big band" (a septet, actually) plays this composition at the beginning and the end of this piece is surreal- I kid you not.  The way the band play this super complex piece in unison gives it a feeling of soaring, but...  I can't even find the right words- I've never heard anything quite like it. 
    This one is really worth tracking down!

    EDIT:  I found this- this is longer than the version on the LP (or perhaps the LP version is edited?).  In any case- start at 13:15 which it where the piece and the band are at the top level of crazy good.  I just love this stuff!

    That was good.  A lot of slurring notes.  My Band teacher would call that "lazy" lol.  I liked to do it but he taught us to accent the notes.  So whenever I hear that I think of Mr C!

    I appreciate stuff like this Brian.  Nice find.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,362
    brianlux said:
    "Four in One" from this album is insane!
    Primary
    I wish I had a video of this number.  Seriously- the way the "big band" (a septet, actually) plays this composition at the beginning and the end of this piece is surreal- I kid you not.  The way the band play this super complex piece in unison gives it a feeling of soaring, but...  I can't even find the right words- I've never heard anything quite like it. 
    This one is really worth tracking down!

    EDIT:  I found this- this is longer than the version on the LP (or perhaps the LP version is edited?).  In any case- start at 13:15 which it where the piece and the band are at the top level of crazy good.  I just love this stuff!

    That was good.  A lot of slurring notes.  My Band teacher would call that "lazy" lol.  I liked to do it but he taught us to accent the notes.  So whenever I hear that I think of Mr C!

    I appreciate stuff like this Brian.  Nice find.

    Glad you like it!  Reading about Monk's life has been fascination and really got me digging into his music.  It's so different and fascinating.  Just loving it lately.
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,362
    My latest jazz obsession has been two fold. 
    First, I'm reading this book Clawing at the Limits of Cool by Farah Jasmine Griffin and Salem Washington about the work Miles Davis and John Coltrane did together and how that all came together.  It's an absolutely engaging read and a terrific book!

    At one point, tenor sax player Dexter Gordon comes into the picture and I started exploring his work.  That will keep me busy- there is a lot of it out there!
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain. Posts: 40,362
    Pap said:
    brianlux said:
    I feel like this would have been a separate thread- that's how huge Wayne Shorter's talent was to me.  Despite his longevity, a major and very sad loss.
    R.I.P. Wayne Shorter.
    Wayne Shorter Innovator During an Era of Change in Jazz Dies at 89 - The  New York Times

    Wayne Shorter 1933-2023

    I totally immersed myself in a couple of my favorite Wayne Shorter LPs today, JUJU and Adam's Apple.  Fantastic!
    "I believe in the mystery, and I don't want to take it any further than that. Maybe what I mean by that is love."
    -John Densmore











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