Monk on Monk

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
To celebrate what would have been his father Thelonious Monk's 80th birthday, drummer T.S. Monk put together an all-star group an expanded version of his sextet and toured, performing an all-Thelonious program. Just prior to the beginning of the live performances, T.S. and his band recorded this CD. The music is excellent, but there are so many guest artists making cameo appearances including trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Clark Terry, Arturo Sandoval and Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter on soprano, tenors Grover Washington Jr. and Jimmy Heath, pianists Herbie Hancock and Geri Allen, bassists Ron Carter, Christian McBride and Dave Holland and singers Dianne Reeves and Kevin Mahogany ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
To celebrate what would have been his father Thelonious Monk's 80th birthday, drummer T.S. Monk put together an all-star group an expanded version of his sextet and toured, performing an all-Thelonious program. Just prior to the beginning of the live performances, T.S. and his band recorded this CD. The music is excellent, but there are so many guest artists making cameo appearances including trumpeters Roy Hargrove, Clark Terry, Arturo Sandoval and Wallace Roney, Wayne Shorter on soprano, tenors Grover Washington Jr. and Jimmy Heath, pianists Herbie Hancock and Geri Allen, bassists Ron Carter, Christian McBride and Dave Holland and singers Dianne Reeves and Kevin Mahogany that one never really gets to hear Monk's band very much. Considering that T.S.'s unit includes altoist Bobby Watson and singer Nnenna Freelon both of whom are only heard from briefly, it is a pity that he opted for so many unnecessary guests. There are good versions of such tunes as "Little Rootie Tootie" which has a very effective Grover Washington Jr. tenor solo, "Crepuscule With Nellie" one of the few renditions of a band actually stretching out on this theme, and "Bright Mississippi," plus the debut of a recently discovered Monk composition "Two Timer", so this set is recommended. But one is left looking forward to hearing the actual T.S. Monk ensemble interpret the songs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/1997
  • Label: Encoded Music
  • UPC: 617701001726
  • Catalog Number: 10017
  • Sales rank: 128,529

Album Credits

Performance Credits
T.S. Monk Primary Artist, Drums, Track Performer
Geri Allen Piano
David Amram French Horn
Eddie Bert Trombone
Ron Carter Bass
Herbie Hancock Piano
Roy Hargrove Flageolet, Flugelhorn
Jimmy Heath Tenor Saxophone
Dave Holland Bass
Arturo Sandoval Trumpet
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Howard Johnson Tuba, Baritone Saxophone
Nnenna Freelon Vocals
Danilo Pérez Piano
Wallace Roney Trumpet
Don Sickler Trumpet
Willie Williams Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
John Clark French Horn
Clark Terry Trumpet
Laurie Frink Trumpet
Virgil Jones Trumpet
Kevin Mahogany Vocals
Ronnie Mathews Piano
Christian McBride Bass
Bobby Porcelli Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dianne Reeves Vocals
Roger Rosenberg Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Grover Washington Jr. Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Watson Alto Saxophone
Dick Sickler Trumpet
Technical Credits
Don Sickler Arranger, Producer
Laurie Frink Contributor
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer, Digital Editing, Mastering
Carl Griffin Executive Producer
Phil Ramone Executive Producer
T.S. Monk Arranger, Producer
Mary Kay Fletcher Producer
Dick Sickler Arranger, Producer
Cella Art Direction
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