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The Monk Project by Jimmy Owens
Released: Jan 2012
Label: IPO Recordings
Monk's compositions are his greatest legacy, and Owens' particularly inventive recording succeeds on two levels. First, the personnel: There's Owens himself, whose pedigree includes gigs with Dizzy, Count Basie and Mingus, alongside tenor player Marcus Strickland, pianist Kenny Barron and bassist Kenny Davis. Then there's Owens' detailed exploration of the compositions. By playing some straight ("Stuffy Turkey") while turning some inside out ("Well You Needn't" takes a lazy tempo, "Let's Cool One" changes time signatures), Owens endows his homage with appropriately creative vision.
Nate Cavalieri
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