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Monk Project (2012)

Artist: Jimmy Owens
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Format: CD
Sku: 226688650
UPC: 822019010227
UPC 14: 00822019010227
Release Date: 1/3/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bright Mississippi ~ Jimmy Owens
2. Well You Needn't ~ Jimmy Owens
3. Blue Monk ~ Jimmy Owens
4. Stuffy Turkey ~ Jimmy Owens
5. Pannonica ~ Jimmy Owens
6. Let's Cool One ~ Jimmy Owens
7. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) ~ Jimmy Owens
8. Brilliant Corners ~ Jimmy Owens
9. Reflections ~ Jimmy Owens
10. Epistrophy ~ Jimmy Owens

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Tributee: Thelonious Monk.
Muze PNote Personnel: Jimmy Owens (trumpet, flugelhorn); Marcus Strickland (tenor saxophone); Howard Johnson (baritone saxophone, tuba); Wycliffe Gordon (trombone); Kenny Barron (piano); Winard Harper (drums).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Robin D.G. Kelley.
Muze PNote Recording information: Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/02/2011); Sear Sound Studios, New York, NY (06/08/2011).
Muze PNote Photographer: Stephanie Myers.
Muze PNote Arranger: Jimmy Owens.
Muze PNote Honored as an NEA Jazz Master in early 2012, Jimmy Owens hasn't had the opportunity to lead very many record dates during a career dating back to the later 1950s. But when the trumpeter has entered the studio, he has made an impact, such as this all-star tribute to Thelonious Monk, which includes fellow Jazz Master Kenny Barron on piano, veteran tuba player Howard Johnson (who doubles on baritone sax), plus several outstanding younger musicians who have made their mark since arriving in more recent times: trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, bassist Kenny Davis and drummer Winard Harper. Owens arranged eight of the ten selections, finding ways to put a fresh stamp on each composition, while the players on the band's front line are all generously featured. The jagged "Brilliant Corners" incorporates Barron's bluesy piano interlude with the rhythm section, followed by Owens' jaunty trumpet and a hilarious conversation between the horns of Johnson, Gordon (utilizing a mute), Strickland, and the leader. Switching to flgelhorn, Owens' take of "Well, You Needn't" is introduced in a loping manner with long, spacious lines and a Latin backbeat, interspersing brief uptempo lines in spots as both the leader and Barron solo with gusto. Owens' warm flgelhorn is on display in a gorgeous, laid-back setting of the lovely ballad "Reflections" in a trio with Barron and Gordon. Monk's "Stuffy Turkey" is not recorded very often, but its humor is typical of the composer, with Strickland's robust tenor carrying the day. The two songs not scored by Owens are also choice charts. Aval Vilner's playful, breezy setting of "Bright Mississippi" is buoyed by the peppy brass ensemble and potent solos, while Jack Ramsey's arrangement of Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)" is based upon Monk's trio record with Oscar Pettiford and Kenny Clarke, with a spirited horn ensemble over Kenny Davis' delicious walking bass, as Johnson (on tuba), Owens, and Gordon are all featured. While there have been numerous tributes to Thelonious Monk over the years, Jimmy Owens' The Monk Project is a cut above. ~ Ken Dryden

Producer: Jimmy Owens

Engineer: Jonathan Rosenberg

Compilation Appearances

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Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2011
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 90102
Music Label Name Label : IPO
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00822019010227

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Owens,Jimmy
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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