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Steve Lacy - Steve Lacy Plays Monk (2004) 320 kbps

26-01-2016, 18:44

Title: Steve Lacy Plays Monk
Year Of Release: 2004
Label: Fuel 2000
Genre: Jazz, Post Bop
Quality: MP3/320 kbps
Total Time: 36:13
Total Size: 93 MB(+3%)

personnel :

Steve Lacy - soprano saxophone
Michel Graillier - piano
Jean-Francois Jenny-Clark - bass
Aldo Romano - drums

This reissue of a 1969 French date makes its very first appearance on CD and its debut as a U.S. release some 25 years after its original issue on the BYG label as Epistrophy. Plays Monk is also the first record Lacy made after taking up residence in Paris. His band for the outing features the legendary Italian drummer Aldo Romano, the pianist Michel Graillier, and bassist Jean-François Jenny-Clark. There are five unusually complex Monk tunes here -- "Thelonious," "Ruby My Dear," "Light Blue," "Mysterioso," and "Friday the Thirteenth" -- and two versions of "Epistrophy." This is easily Lacy's "straightest" album from the period, and he stays melodically and harmonically close to Monk's original compositions in the heads before taking off somewhere else in the solos. But Lacy keeps to the notion of repetition, syncopation, and melodic invention that Monk did, and the band is nearly symbiotic in its communication around and with him. The music here is a delight and a revelation all at the same time. The sound is warm and full and the transfer is solid.~Thom Jurek

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