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Bobby Broom Plays For Monk

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For his third Origin release, master guitarist Bobby Broom pays tribute to one of the most important voices in jazz with a set of Thelonious Monk compositions and several standards Monk recorded during his time on Riverside Records. He is joined by his long standing trio-mates, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins, as he again puts his own very personal spin on the classic repertoire. Bobby Broom Plays for Monk will certainly stand as another milestone in Broom's rich catalog of critically acclaimed recordings.


Veteran guitar ace Bobby Broom has worked with an illustrious list of jazz luminaries, from the late organist Charles Earland to the legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins. On Broom's latest release as a leader, he tackles the nearly sacrosanct works of renowned pianist/composer Thelonious Monk with an artful mix of grit and grace. Backed by the sympathetic rhythm section of Dennis Carroll on bass and Kobie Watkins on drums, Broom bluesifies Monk's Ask Me Now, infuses funk and drum and bass backbeats into In Walked Bud and grooves with reckless abandon on Rhythm-a-ning. With a seemingly effortless command of the guitar (and a fertile imagination to match), Broom turns what could have easily been a pedestrian 'tribute' record into an inspired, swinging affair. Monk always played other people's tunes with his own sonic stamp - Broom returns the favor here, saluting the venerable composer with that same sense of adventure. --Jon Regen, Billboard

On the heels of a similar Peter Bernstein project, Sonny Rollins sideman Bobby Broom takes an imaginative stroll through the Thelonious Monk songbook with his trio of bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Kobie Watkins. Of course, there's the novelty of hearing a guitar trio play Monk (the pianist never recorded with guitar, although apparently bootlegs exist of a 1940s jam with Charlie Christian at Minton's), but beyond that, Broom is an extremely engaging artist whose playing never fails to captivate. The guitarist gets the humor inherent in Monk, and it's great fun to hear him navigate the tricky angles of tunes such as In Walked Bud and Work, at once jaw-dropping in his technical virtuosity but also full of heart and originality. Makes you feel as if you were sitting at a nightclub, just feet away from the stage, watching the trio work its magic. And there's nothing cooler than that. --Bob Weinberg, Miami Jazz & Blues Examiner

Bobby Broom's trio can be compared with Sonny Rollins' and the classic John Coltrane Quartet. --JazzTimes

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Product details

  • Audio CD (June 16, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Origin Records
  • ASIN: B001UXJGL0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,949 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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