Sunday, September 27, 2009
Paul MOTIAN - Monk In Motian 1988
Label: JMT / Winter & Winter
Audio CD: (October 1, 2002)
Recorded at A&R Studios,New York in March 1988
This is an utterly fascinating tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk. Most of the selections feature the unusual trio of tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano, guitarist Bill Frisell (who with his wide range of original sounds is really a one-band band), and drummer Paul Motian. Tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman and pianist Geri Allen are guests on two songs apiece and fit in quite well with the sparse but very complete trio. Among the ten Monk songs explored, taken apart and given surprising treatment are "Evidence," "Bye-Ya," "Ugly Beauty," and "Trinkle Tinkle." Recommended to open-eared listeners.
By Scott Yanow, All Music Guide.
How many countless versions have been made of these same songs? And how many of those sounds exactly the same? Paul Motian's effort stands truly stands apart. In his capable hands (along with Bill Frisell on guitar and Joe Lovano on sax) the songs sound fresh and important. Motian doesn't simply revisit these tunes for the nth time for their melodic or rhythmic brilliance, he seems to have a real connection to the songs and the spirit of Monk himself.
If you really like Monk, or can appreciate the abstract sounds of Motian's great trio, check this out.
By Ethan Hendrix Meyer.
Geri Allen- Piano (Tracks: A3, B4)
Bill Frisell- electric guitar
Joe Lovano- Sax
Paul Motian- Drums
Dewey Redman- Tenor Sax (Tracks: A4, B3)
A1. Crepuscule With Nellie (4:56)
A2. Justice (Evidence) (4:39)
A3. Ruby, My Dear (4:50)
A4. Straight No Chaser (4:26)
A5. Bye-Ya (4:57)
B1. Ugly Beauty (4:55)
B2. Trinkle, Tinkle (4:52)
B3. Epistrophy (6:58)
B4. Off Minor (4:18)
B5. Reflections (4:49)