John Beasley Presents MONK'estra Vol. 1

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Artwork| Tracklist | Credits

Track 1: solo: Gary Burton – vibes

Track 2: solos: Bob Sheppard – alto and soprano saxophone

Brian Swartz, Bijon Watson – trumpet

Gary Novak – drums

Track 3: solos: Gabriel Johnson – trumpet

Francisco Torres – trombone

Brian Swartz – trumpet

Track 3: solo: John Beasley – piano

Track 6: solo: Grégoire Maret – harmonica

Track 7: solo: Terreon Gully – drums

Track 8: solos: Tom Luer – tenor saxophone

Danny Janklow – alto saxophone

Track 9: solos: Ryan Dragon – trombone

Tom Peterson – bass clarinet

John Beasley – piano

John Beasley

John Beasley Presents MONK'estra Vol. 1

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

John Beasley has shared stages with some of the most important names in jazz during his three-decade career. From his days as a member of Freddie Hubbard’s quintet and one of Miles Davis’ last touring bands to his role as Music Director for Jazz Day galas for the Thelonious Monk Institute, Beasley has had a first-hand involvement with the genre's never-ending evolution.

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