MONK'estra, Vol. 1
Label: Mack Avenue Records
Epistrophy; Skippy; Oska T; Monk’s Processional (medley); ‘Round Midnight; Ask Me Now; Gallop’s Gallop; Little Rootie Tootie; Coming on the Hudson.
Thelonious Monk is a Mount Rushmore figure in the creation of modern jazz. As the centennial of his birth rapidly approaches, Beasley—pianist, conductor and arranger—has grappled with the complex composer’s legacy with his versatile big band riffing on the wit and unmistakable architecture of the Monk songbook with irrepressible energy and swinging abandon on MONK’estra, Volume 1