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Six Monk's Compositions (1987)

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Artists :
Anthony Braxton ( Saxophone, Conductor )
Billy Osborne ( Drums )
Buell Neidlinger ( Bass )
Mal Waldron ( Piano )
Release date
Dec 28, 1988

“…"Far from the usual pastiche, these are reinvented versions of a half-dozen obscurer items from the monastic oeuvre…." 
(source: The Penguin Guide to Jazz on CD)

"The band Anthony Braxton assembled for this unique exploration of the compositions of Thelonious Monk is one of the wonders of the composer's retinue. Braxton, pianist Mal Waldron, bassist Buell Neidlinger, and drummer Bill Osborne use six Monk tunes and go hunting for harmonic invention; in order, they are "Brilliant Corners," "Reflections," "Played Twice," "Four in One," "Ask Me Now," and "Skippy." From the jump, the listener can tell this is no ordinary Monk tribute. The music is fast, skittering along at a dervish's pace on "Brilliant Corners," and Braxton's horn -- an alto on this album -- moves right for that street where interval meets modulation and sticks his solo in the center, careening over the arrangement -- which is what the tune is in essence, an arrangement rather than a "song" -- and slipping just behind the beat to allow Waldron's brittle, almost angular percussive sonority to define the melody enough to move around the harmonic framework. And this is only the beginning. The other five compositions here are treated in a similar fashion, in that they are radically reinterpreted, played and executed with a degree of musicianship seldom found on any tribute. Braxton's intent was to get at the knotty -- even nutty -- harmonic and rhythmic idiosyncrasies that make Monk's music connect so deeply and widely yet remain difficult to interpret correctly. If all you get is a listen to "Four in One" or "Skippy," just listen to how completely each of these musicians reinvents himself to approach the material. On alternating tunes, Braxton and Waldron provide the catalyst, but all four become changelings in light of this intense and addictive harmonic conception.  "

(source:, T. Jurek)


Anthony Braxton – Six Monk’s Compositions

Braxton çok ilginç bir müzisyen; istediği zaman eski tarz çalabilen, istediği zaman uçlarda gezinebilen ve her halükarda müthiş performanslar gösterebilen bir dahi. Bu albümde 6 adet Thelonious Monk bestesini alıp yorumlayan müzisyene basta Buell Neidlinger, davulda Billy Osborne, piyano da ise Mal Waldron eşlik etmiş. Mal Waldron’a bu albümde dikkat edin. Monk’un aksine bestelerde dik bir yapı kullanmış. Çoğu zaman Braxton ile solo-eşlik rolü oynuyorlar. Dikkat çeken bir diğer nokta bestelerde yakalanan anormal zengin armonik yapı. Örneğin Brilliant Corners’ın orjinalini dinlediğinizde bu yorumların en az 1/3 kadar nota olduğunu fark edeceksiniz. Ancak Reflections’da olduğu gibi zaman zaman orijinal besteye atıflarda var. Anthony Braxton istediğinde tıpkısının aynısı istediğinde tamamen farklı çalarımın mesajını vermiş. Müthiş!

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