Monk on Monk

Monk on Monk

by T.S. Monk


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Monk on Monk

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/1997
Label: Encoded Music
UPC: 0617701001726
catalogNumber: 10017

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
Bobby Watson   Alto 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   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Sickler   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Don Sickler   Arranger,Producer
Laurie Frink   Contributor
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
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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