Melodious Monk: A New Look at an Old Master

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Kim Pensyl made a name for himself with his series of smooth jazz CDs, though he began breaking away from that mold around the turn of the 21st century. Primarily a keyboardist in the past, he has played the trumpet since his youth, but plays the horn exclusively on this session, featuring his arrangements of a dozen songs by Thelonious Monk. Pianist Phil DeGreg joins him on all tracks, with the duo expanding to a trio with the addition of vibraphonist Rusty Burge, saxophonist Rick VanMatre, or bassist Doug Richeson on nine of the selections. Pensyl has a lyrical, understated sound on trumpet, and his arrangements of Monk's music build logically on the essence of each of the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Kim Pensyl made a name for himself with his series of smooth jazz CDs, though he began breaking away from that mold around the turn of the 21st century. Primarily a keyboardist in the past, he has played the trumpet since his youth, but plays the horn exclusively on this session, featuring his arrangements of a dozen songs by Thelonious Monk. Pianist Phil DeGreg joins him on all tracks, with the duo expanding to a trio with the addition of vibraphonist Rusty Burge, saxophonist Rick VanMatre, or bassist Doug Richeson on nine of the selections. Pensyl has a lyrical, understated sound on trumpet, and his arrangements of Monk's music build logically on the essence of each of the timeless melodies. Pensyl's duets with DeGreg include a bittersweet "Reflections" that find him stretching out a bit more in his solo, while they also set up "Blue Monk" with a playful joint improvisation and a brilliant extended workout of "Ask Me Now." Burge is added for a spry settings of "Monk's Dream" and "Hackensack," plus an imaginative "Misterioso" featuring the leader on muted horn in which DeGreg plays softly behind his partners' solos. VanMatre's robust tenor is added for a lush take of "Ruby, My Dear" and a rhapsodic treatment of "Ugly Beauty." With Richeson added, Pensyl utilizes his mute once more for the breezy setting of "Nutty," while the bassist's presence is a bonus to the lively performance of "Straight, No Chaser." Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/12/2011
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402564920
  • Catalog Number: 564
  • Sales rank: 239,836

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monk's Dream - Phil DeGreg (6:50)
  2. 2 Reflections - Phil DeGreg (5:47)
  3. 3 Ruby My Dear - Phil DeGreg (5:41)
  4. 4 Straight No Chaser - Phil DeGreg (7:15)
  5. 5 Misterioso - Phil DeGreg (5:48)
  6. 6 I Mean You - Phil DeGreg (4:41)
  7. 7 Bye Ya - Phil DeGreg (5:19)
  8. 8 Blue Monk - Phil DeGreg (6:52)
  9. 9 Ugly Beauty - Phil DeGreg (7:08)
  10. 10 Hackensack - Phil DeGreg (6:12)
  11. 11 Nutty - Phil DeGreg (5:56)
  12. 12 Ask Me Now - Phil DeGreg (9:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kim Pensyl Primary Artist, Trumpet
Doug Richeson Bass
Rick Van Matre Saxophone
Rusty Burge Vibes
Phil DeGreg Piano
Technical Credits
Kim Pensyl Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes
Bob Katz Mastering
Thelonious Monk Composer
John Paton Executive Producer
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