John Beasley’s MONK’estra, ‘Criss Cross’

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John Beasley’s MONK’estra, ‘Criss Cross’


Thelonious Monk was born 100 years ago this October. The tributes and revisitations are about to start rolling in. Leading the pack is “John Beasley Presents MONK’estra, Volume 2,” released Friday, from one of the pianist and composer’s least-secret admirers. Mr. Beasley is himself a mutable pianist and crafty arranger, and this album — like the first volume — carves up and dissects Monk’s famous bebop melodies. Monk’s music was already about displacement, counterintuition, refusal cloaked as humor; with his 16-piece band, Mr. Beasley laces 10 of those crooked themes into funky, often­-Caribbean rhythms, pulling them into today and back to a taproot. On “Criss Cross,” the master conguero Pedrito Martinez adds bounce and body; the conversation gets special on Mr. Beasley’s rambunctious solo. - GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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