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MONK’estra, Vol. 1

‘’MONK’estra, Vol. 1 is a masterpiece that uniquely defies conventional interpretations of Monk’s music. The recording deftly indicates John Beasley’s virtuosity as a re- arranger of the groove-centric, swinging, contemporary harmonies that emanated from Monk’s jazz.” 

–Sounds Of Timeless Jazz

“John Beasley’s MONK’estra Reinvents Thelonious Monk for the 21st Century”

LA Weekly

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Thelonious Monk is a Mount Rushmore figure in the creation of modern jazz. As the centennial of his birth rapidly approaches, Beasley—pianist, conductor and arranger—has grappled with the complex composer’s legacy with his versatile big band riffing on the wit and unmistakable architecture of the Monk songbook with irrepressible energy and swinging abandon on MONK’estra, Volume 1

Musicians

John Beasley – Piano

Gary Burton – Vibes

Ryan Dragon – Trombone

Terreon Gully – Drums

Danny Janklow – Alto Saxophone

Gabriel Johnson – Trumpet

Tom Luer – Tenor Saxophone

Grégoire Maret – Harmonica

Gary Novak – Drums

Tom Peterson – Bass Clarinet

Bob Sheppard – Alto & Soprano Saxophone

Brian Swartz – Trumpet

Francisco Torres – Trombone

Bijon Watson – Trumpet