Once in a while, a gem falls into the laps of jazz listeners. Monk’s Bones
is one of them.
The newest release by the Monk’s Music Trio will hit the shelves of record stores on February 1st. The trio’s last album Think of One
received critical applause. Pianist Si Perkoff, bassist Sam Bevan and drummer Chuck Bernstein turn up the heat adding a trombone duo to the group. It’s not "just any" pair of trombonists. It’s Max Perkoff and the venerable Roswell Rudd. While Rudd is perhaps better known to most jazz fans, it’s often difficult to determine who is taking the solo. The trombonists are exciting and sound like they played together forever.
At one time, Monk’s compositions were considered quirky, far out and even outrageous. Now his music is loved by everyone. This CD will make you love it even more.
The trio offers nine perfectly arranged and executed Monk favorites. A glorious reading of "Ugly Beauty" and a classic interpretation of "’Round Midnight" just have to be heard. Si Perkoff’s piano solo on "Ugly Beauty" is beautifully understated and the conversation between the horns is warm and charming. Not since clarinetist, Pee Wee Russell’s recording of "Blue Monk," have I heard a group express such an enchanting traditional and witty approach to a Thelonious Monk tune.
It should be mentioned that Roswell Rudd celebrated his 70th birthday last autumn. Rudd’s first recording was with Eli’s Chosen Six, a Dixieland outfit at Yale. A couple of the musicians from that 1956 band showed up and jammed with Rudd at his party.
Monk’s Music Trio and their guests will be appreciated by all Monk fans. Monk’s Bones
is a flawless presentation leaving the listener looking for more. Five gold stars!