MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

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Artwork| Tracklist | Credits

John Beasley - piano, Fender Rhodes, synthesizer

Saxophones/Woodwinds: Bob Sheppard. Banny Janklow, Chris Lewis, Tom Peterson, Adam Schroeder, Tom Luer

Trombones: wendell Kelly, Ryan Dragon, Ido Meshulam, Steve Hughes, Francisco Torres

Trumpets/Flugelhorns: Bijon Watson, Kye Palmer, James Ford, Brian Swartz, Rashawn Ross

Bass: John Patitucci, Benjamin Shepherd

Drums: Vinne Colaiuta, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Terreon Gully

Conga: Joey De Leon

Synthesizer: Steve Tavaglione

Percussion, Shaker: Terreon Gully


Guest Appearances by:

Grégoire Maret - Harmonica

Joey DeFrancesco - Hammond B3 Organ

Hubert Laws - Flute

Jubilant Sykes - Vocals

Ralph Moore - Tenor Saxophone

John Beasley

MONK'estra Plays John Beasley

Over the course of two albums, bandleader/composer/arranger John Beasley has reimagined Thelonious Monk’s iconic compositions through his inventive, versatile MONK’estra­ – a big band able to deftly navigate the legend’s eccentricities from a variety of perspectives, from boisterous swing to raucous funk to Afro-Cuban explosiveness. MONK’estra, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 each garnered a pair of GRAMMY® Award nominations, alongside widespread critical acclaim. Beasley veers off in new directions on his stunning third album in the series, 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.

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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