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Okazaki, Miles / Work: The Complete Compositions Of Thelonious Monk
Album:Work: The Complete Compositions Of Thelonious Monk Collection:Jazz
Artist:Okazaki, Miles Added:11/2018
Label:Self Release 

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Album Review
Fo
Reviewed 2018-11-28 
MILES OKAZAKI: Work - The Complete Compositions Of Thelonious Monk
self-released, 2018

JAZZ GUITAR – Over the course of his career, Thelonious Monk wrote 70 compositions or so (the actual number is a matter of debate, and he never recorded some). In this six-disc set, Guitarist Miles Okazaki, best known as a member of Steve Coleman's band, plays the entire Monk songbook solo, using a 1978 Gibson archtop with no overdubs or added effects. Like putting the tunes under an X-ray to see the architectural bones, these technically challenging arrangements stick close to melody even in experimental improvisation, while also capturing Monk's sense of rhythm, humor, and oddball harmonics. Lots of fun ideas here; listen for nods to many other guitarists.

FO'S PICKS:

Disc 1 — 2, 3, 6, 7, 9
Disc 2 — 1, 2, 3, 8, 10
Disc 3 — 2, 4, 6, 8, 9
Disc 4 — 1, 4, 7, 8, 10
Disc 5 — 2, 4, 5, 10, 11
Disc 6 — 3, 4, 6, 9, 10

DISC ONE
1. 3:51 – chugging staccato rhythm
2. 3:24 – knotty fast/slow fractal
3. 4:02 – complex twists & turns
4. 2:21 – relaxed; oblique but lyrical
5. 4:21 – hard rhythmic stomp
6. 2:47 – ballad, played straight up
7. 3:37 – light with a dense center
8. 2:51 – relaxed chicken-strut
9. 4:00 – off-center lope + filigree
10. 3:21 – relaxed wander & drone
11. 3:12 – jagged uptempo riffing
12. 5:21 – tune-up intro, weird ballad
13. 3:28 – slow, bluesy experiment

DISC TWO
1. 3:02 – bright, playful & friendly
2. 2:48 – busy tune, probing solo
3. 2:05 – shifting rhythm, spins
4. 2:36 – lightly tumbling, complex
5. 3:49 – a chugging, jabbing motor
6. 4:08 – sticky harmonic clusters
7. 1:42 – fast repetitive minimalism
8. 4:03 – speedy spins & swoops
9. 3:24 – spare refracted ballad
10. 5:37 – laid-back folksy swing
11. 8:44 – relaxed swing gets knotty
12. 6:16 – a cool slow blues

DISC THREE
1. 4:09 – breezy tune, pulsing solo
2. 3:52 – bright, chugs high & low
3. 3:32 – Monk + Wes Montgomery
4. 2:40 – a cool downhill stroll
5. 5:15 – dusky ballad opens gently
6. 5:39 – relaxed single-note lines
7. 2:20 – explores a weird chord
8. 2:17 – happy skip/bounce
9. 2:07 – open, bittersweet ballad
10. 2:45 – spins in broken circles
11. 7:13 – chill; long exploratory solo
12. 4:02 – friendly blues gets tight

DISC FOUR
1. 4:12 – rolling Brazilian rhythm
2. 3:40 – odd shape-shifting tune
3. 5:15 – plays with a jabbing riff
4. 4:58 – knotty improv, late melody
5. 2:59 – gentle ballad musings
6. 4:58 – cool uncomfortable chords
7. 2:39 – fast: melodic yet spiky
8. 5:19 – relaxed ballad, open feel
9. 5:16 – jabs, bobs & weaves
10. 4:27 – rolling bop; riff in four keys
11. 4:20 – slow & easygoing blues

DISC FIVE
1. 4:30 – relaxed stroll, tricky bits
2. 3:58 – oblique, confident ride
3. 4:37 – mixed-tempo folksy glide
4. 4:12 – lively swing & weird hops
5. 6:05 – contemplative ballad
6. 4:38 – quick pulse alters melody
7. 6:06 – steady quarter-note stroll
8. 3:34 – folksy children's melody
9. 2:25 – gently reaches and falls
10. 3:28 – quick & percussive
11. 4:11 – upbeat: a merry blues

DISC SIX
1. 2:30 – rolling train huffs & puffs
2. 2:49 – twisty medium tempo
3. 2:07 – funky uptempo robo-strut
4. 2:57 – uptempo: tricky yet sweet
5. 5:49 – introspective ballad
6. 4:22 – relaxed roll, playful edges
7. 2:54 – rough stuttering uptempo
8. 4:45 – lazy stepping stones
9. 5:11 – classic ballad, beautiful
10. 8:55 – exploratory, takes its time
11. 5:07 – very slow blues

[ Fo ] - November 2018

Track Listing
1.Locomotive 36.Bemsha Swing
2.Brilliant Corners 37.Blues Five Spot
3.Gallop's Gallop 38.Bye-Ya
4.Light Blue 39.Who Knows
5.Evidence 40.Green Chimneys
6.Crepuscule With Nellie 41.Blue Sphere
7.San Francisco Holiday 42.Ugly Beauty
8.Monk's Point 43.Oska T.
9.Shuffle Boil 44.Hackensack
10.Jackie-Ing 45.Ask Me Now
11.Criss Cross 46.I Mean You
12.Introspection 47.52nd Street Theme
13.Functional 48.Something In Blue
14.We See 49.Nutty
15.Sixteen 50.Off Minor
16.Misterioso 51.Two-Timer
17.Humph 52.In Walked Bud
18.Teo 53.Monk's Mood
19.Hornin' In 54.Let's Call This
20.Raise Four 55.Let's Cool One
21.Skippy 56.Children's Song
22.Pannonica 57.Boo Boo's Birthday
23.Think Of One 58.Rhythm-A-Ning
24.Wll You Needn't 59.North Of The Sunset
25.Bolivar Blues 60.Epistrophy
26.Monk's Dream 61.Coming On The Hudson
27.Little Rootie Tootie 62.Bright Mississippi
28.Eronel 63.Trinkle Tinkle
29.Thelonious 64.Reflections
30.Ruby, My Dear 65.Brake's Sake
31.Four In One 66.Straight No Chaser
32.Blue Hawk 67.Friday The 13th
33.Stuffy Turkey 68.'round Midnight
34.A Merrier Christmas 69.Work
35.Played Twice 70.Blue Monk