Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Kronos Quartet: Monk Suite

Copy at Case Memorial Library
Contents: "Monk Suite": Well you needn't (Thelonious Monk; 4:48); Rhythm-a-ning (Monk; 3:04); Crepuscule with Nellie (Monk; 2:39); Off minor/Epistrophy (Monk; 8:10) — 'Round midnight (Monk and Cootie Williams; 4:33) — Misterioso (Monk; 4:00) — "Monk Plays Ellington": It don't mean a thing (If it ain't got that swing) (Duke Ellington; 4:03); Black and tan fantasy (Ellington; 3:42) — Brilliant corners (Monk; 5:04). Recorded Fall 1984 in Berkeley, CA.
Personnel: Kronos Quartet (David Harrington, first violin; John Sherba, second violin; Hank Dutt, viola; Joan Jeanrenaud, cello); Ron Carter, bass on "Monk Suite"; Chuck Israels, bass, Eddie Marshall, drums and percussion on "Monk Plays Ellington."
From the original notes by Orrin Keepnews: "Two of the selections on Side 2 are of course not Monk compositions. It was David Harrington who requested these, having become fascinated by the highly personal way Thelonious had recast Duke Ellington material on his first Riverside album. … [T]hese two are near-literal transcriptions … with Kronos in the role of the pianist."


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