Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (CD Review)

Thelonious Monk Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 Saga/Sam Records/Universal 2xCD, LP, and digital formats Thelonious Monk, piano, composer, arranger; Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; Barney Wilen, tenor saxophone; Sam Jones, double bass; Art Taylor, drums Since its arrival at our house, this release has been in heavy rotation. After it seems as if everything that the famedContinue reading “Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (CD Review)”

Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne (CD Review)

Matt Mitchell FØRAGE Screwgun Records   In recent years, saxophonist and composer Tim Berne has frequently collaborated with pianist Matt Mitchell, most notably in Snakeoil, a quartet in which the two are joined by clarinetist Oscar Noriega and percussionist Ches Smith. Thus, Mitchell approaches Berne’s music from a unique and intimate vantage point, one idealContinue reading “Matt Mitchell plays Tim Berne (CD Review)”

Mingus, Mingus, and More Mingus

Mingus Mingus Mingus I Am Three Leo Records CD LR 752 The trio I Am Three, consisting of alto saxophonist Silke Eberhard, trumpeter Nikolaus Neuser, and drummer Christian Marien, interpret compositions by the late Charles Mingus on their debut release for Leo Records (Eberhard has previously recorded for the label with different configurations). Mingus is,Continue reading “Mingus, Mingus, and More Mingus”