Exponentially Monk

Exponentially Monk

by John Stetch


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Exponentially Monk

Pianist John Stetch adds to his impressive series of solo recordings for the Justin Time label with this imaginative rethinking of 13 tunes by Thelonious Monk. Stetch treats the repertoire in a "holistic" fashion, celebrating the harmonic richness and inherently pianistic colors of the compositions and placing them ever so clearly in the modern piano literature. The more familiar " 'Round Midnight" and "Straight, No Chaser" are here, and so are some lesser-known (to the general public) gems like "Green Chimneys," "Gallop's Gallop," and "Ugly Beauty." Each piece becomes a tone poem, a richly told story that opens up and out to reveal new facets. "The freedom of solo piano," says Stetch, "is an exhilarating experience." This third record in a trilogy -- the first two are Ukrainianism and Standards -- breathtakingly communicates that sense of exhilaration and invites an audience inside the world of both the artist and the music.

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Release Date: 05/25/2004
Label: Justin Time Records
UPC: 0068944020621
catalogNumber: 206

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