Reed, Eric / Baddest Monk, The
Album:Baddest Monk, The Collection:Jazz
Artist:Reed, Eric Added:Aug 2012
Label:Savant Records 

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Add Date:2012-08-12 Pull Date:2012-10-14 Charts:Jazz
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Green Chimneys
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'round Midnight, 'round Midnight
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The Baddest Monk

Album Review
Reviewed 2012-08-11 
ERIC REED: The Baddest Monk
Savant, 2012

MAINSTREAM JAZZ – Friendly, appealing covers of Thelonious Monk tunes from the ever-tasteful Reed, leading a really sharp quintet. It’s always tricky handling Monk’s work without either doing a lame imitation or making the music sound forced, but Reed does a good job of focusing on the rhythmic essence and thus retains his own high-class sound while staying true to the earthy, oddball material. It’s a winner!

All good! Fo’s Picks: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9

1. 5:08 – slick, funky snap: piano solo really gets into the groove
2. 7:13 – midtempo glide: intro is quite Monkish; very slippery round of solos
3. 6:19 – hot drive: simple, snappy tune built on sneaky pitter-patter rhythm
4. 4:07 – midtempo, somewhat breezy ballad: very elegant piano, nice drums
5. 8:22 – nice! deliciously soulful Jose James vocal, just him & Reed’s piano
6. 9:12 – solid walking rhythm, playful piano goes all over the place
7. 5:59 – bluesy original tune drops in familiar Monkisms, bass & sax solo
8. 3:29 – uptempo, perky strut: odd meter gives it sort of a second-line feel
9. 3:46 – solo piano: a nice original after-hours blues, oh yeah.

[ Fo ] - 11 August 2012

Track Listing
1.Rhythm-A-Ning 5.'round Midnight
2.Epistrophy 6.Evidence
3.Green Chimneys 7.Monk Beurre Rouge
4.Monk's Mood 8.Bright Mississippi
 9.The Baddest Monk