John Beasley

MONK'estra Plays John Beasley (JAZZ)

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MAC 1172

MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

John Beasley

Mack Avenue


MAC 160720



CD 12,38 €


The music of Thelonious Monk has provided a rich fount of inspiration for generations of jazz musicians, its daunting wit and impish intricacies offering endless fodder for exploration and interpretation. Over the course of two albums, bandleader/composer/arranger John Beasley has reimagined Monk's iconic compositions through the vehicle of his inventive, versatile MONK'estra - a big band able to deftly navigate the legend's angular eccentricities with a staggering variety of perspectives from boisterous swing to raucous funk to Afro-Cuban explosiveness. The results speak for themselves: both MONK'estra, Vol.1 and Vol.2 garnered a pair of GRAMMY® Award nominations apiece alongside widespread critical acclaim. Keeping in line with its namesake's unpredictable nature, the MONK'estra veers off in new directions on its stunning third album, MONK'estra Plays John Beasley. As the title implies, this time out the band shifts focus to its fearless leader's own estimable compositions and piano playing, alongside a quartet of Monk classics and a tune apiece by Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker. MONK'estra Plays John Beasley brings the keyboardist full circle in more ways than one. While the two preceding albums focused more on Beasley's arranging talent, he's featured playing the piano on every track. Additionally, besides casting the lens of his brilliant ensemble on his own music for the first time, the album also reunites Beasley with several now-formidable artists with whom he performed with in his formative years nearly three decades ago.


  • TRUMPET: Bijon Watson, Brian Lynch, Brian Swartz, Dontae Winslow, Rashawn Ross, Scott Wendholt, Shawn Edmonds, Jamie Hovorka, Brandyn Phillips, Till Broner, Sean Jones
  • TROMBONE: Frank Lacy, Conrad Herwig, Steve Turre, Ryan Dragon, Lemar Guillary, Francisco Torres, Wendell Kelly, Steve Hughes, James Burton, Ed Neumeister
  • WOODWINDS: Bob Sheppard, Greg Tardy, Tom Luer, Tommy Peterson, Dave Reikenberg, Adam Kolker, Oliver Santana, Steve Wilson, Danny Janklow, Erena Terakubo, Magnus Lindgren, Joris Roelofs
  • BASS: Benjamin J. Shepherd, Ben Williams, James Genus, Rickey Minor, Reggie Hamilton, Felipe Cabrera
  • DRUMS: Terreon Gully, Peter Erskine, Gene Coye, Kendrick Scott, Gary Novak, Tony Austin,
  • GUEST ARTISTS: Dianne Reeves, Gary Burton, Regina Carter, Gregoire Maret, Kamasi Washington, Pedrito Martinez, Conrad Herwig, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joey DeFrancisco, Vinnie Colauita, John Patitucci, Hubert Laws
  • 01. Steve-O
  • 02. Sam Rivers
  • 03. Monk's Mood
  • 04. Donna Lee
  • 05. Song For Dub
  • 06. Five Spot
  • 07. Implication
  • 08. Intermission
  • 09. Masekela
  • 10. Rhythm-a-Ning/Evidence
  • 11. Off Minor
  • 12. Be.YOU.tiful
  • 13. Locomotive
  • 14. Come Sunday