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The Monk Project

Jimmy Owens Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 3, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ipo
  • ASIN: B0067YF5IK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,154 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Truly one of the unsung heroes of jazz. --All About Jazz

Product Description

NEA Jazz Master Jimmy Owens debut as a
leader on IPO features the legendary trumpeter &
flugelhornist leading a stellar septet on a program of
uniquely original arrangements of Thelonious Monk
compositions that are deeply steeped in the blues.
Jimmy Owens will receive the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz
Masters Award for Jazz Advocacy. The A.B. Spellman
award is special recognition as an NEA Jazz Master.
Longtime colleague and fellow NEA Jazz Master
Kenny Barron, well known for playing Monk s music
with the group Sphere, heads the rhythm section.
Robin Kelley, who wrote the prize-winning biography
Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American
Original, contributes extensive liner notes.

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tribute to Thelonious Monk January 3, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Few jazz artists have had the impact on the music world as the inimitable Thelonious Monk. According to some writers, 'Thelonious Monk (1917 - 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer considered "one of the giants of American music". Monk had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including "Epistrophy", "'Round Midnight", "Blue Monk", "Straight, No Chaser" and "Well, You Needn't". Monk is the second most recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington, which is particularly remarkable as Ellington composed over 1,000 songs while Monk wrote about 70.'

This fine recording is the realized dream of Jimmy Owens who states 'Thelonious Monk is one of the world's premier jazz artists and composers. Many of his compositions provide even the best jazz artists with musical challenges, such as the opportunity to maneuver through difficult chord changes and execute melodies. I chose compositions that people may have heard before: however, when I arranged the pieces I wanted to give them a different feeling than how they have been performed in the past. I also kept in mind the musicians whom I'd chosen for the CD because they each could emote what I wanted projected when I arranged the music. When I first started THE MONK PROJECT, it was important to me to work with musicians who also really understood the blues tradition. Each of the Jazz artists really delivers on this project.'

Well, succeed Owens did! The line up of musicians is as follows: Jimmy Owens, trumpet/flugelhorn, Wycliffe Gordon, trombone, Marcus Strickland, tenor saxophone, Howard Johnson, tuba/baritone/saxophone, Kenny Barron, piano, Kenny Davis, bass, and Winard Harper, drums - and a finer ensemble of knowledgeable musicians would be difficult to find.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A first-rate album May 10, 2012
By J. Ross
Format:Audio CD
Article first published as music review on Blogcritics - Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-82) is considered to be among our greatest jazz composers. Born in North Carolina, he moved to New York City as an infant. The pianist was gigging by age 22, and he was among the young musicians hired by Coleman Hawkins in 1944 for some of the first bop records.

Remarkably, Monk's playing and compositional style were fully solidified by about 1947, and he saw little need to alter them in the decades to come. The pianist has been described as eccentric, and for many years some people thought him inferior because he left a lot of space in his rhythmic solos and had an unusual technique. We now recognize Monk's influential music as unique and timeless. Many musicians are tested by the melodies, syncopation and chord changes.

Trumpet and flugelhorn player Jimmy Owens' prime challenge in presenting "The Monk Project" is to bring some of his own originality and surprises to these classic tunes. "Blue Monk" and "Epistrophy" are standards today, but these and some others were covered and recorded as early as 1942 by the Cootie Williams Band. "Well You Needn't" is classic too. From Monk's catalog of about 70 compositions, Owens also offers some tunes that are less frequently covered, most notably his seven-minute arrangement of "Stuffy Turkey" and a nine-minute rendition of "Let's Cool One" translated here in 3/4 time. I also particularly enjoyed hearing "Bright Mississippi" to open the set, and an eleven-minute "Epistrophy" closes the show with plenty of surprises.

Monk himself recorded with groups of various sizes, but one of his arguably best albums (Monk's Music) was recorded in 1957 with a septet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classy March 3, 2013
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Well honed, creative music by some of the world's best jazz musicians. Great to see that this music is still being played.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful set January 8, 2013
By drjawn
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
as expected from Mr. Owens, a wonderful and enjoyable offering.
Appreciated by this 30 + year avid Monk fan. The end.
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