Sunday, May 10, 2009

Review: Georg Graewe, impressions of monk

nuscope CD 1006

Georg Graewe, piano
Marcio Mattos, bass
Michael Vatcher, drums

This is a quiet gem that I listened to again recently for the first time in several years. Recorded in 1995, impressions of monk accomplishes the feat of making you listen to Monk's music in a whole new way, gaining insights into his genius. And no matter where Graewe takes his improvisations, the essence of Monk's approach to rhythm and harmony is there. I have a feeling Monk would approve.

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