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Moncur, Grachan Iii Octet / Exploration
Album:Exploration Collection:Jazz
Artist:Moncur, Grachan Iii Octet Added:Apr 2005

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Add Date:2005-05-29 Pull Date:2005-07-31 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Jul 31Jul 10Jun 19Jun 12Jun 5

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6.Jun 11, 2005:Morning Glory
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Album Review
Reviewed 2005-05-24 
Grachan Moncur III Octet - Exploration

This disc features slick, modern big band arrangements for some of Moncur’s compositions from both his Blue Note albums as well as some of his more adventurous stuff. The arrangements and bandleading are taken care of by Mark Masters, and Moncur himself plays more of a “special guest” role. Unfortunately, Moncur’s playing has been limited recently by health problems, and his work here seems a bit tentative. Interesting stuff nonetheless.

*1. Big band start, interesting harmonies
2. Loping Monkish med tempo bop
3. Tender ballad
*4. Bluesy swing alternates with freer sections
5. Med tempo swing
*6. Driving 3/4 time
7. Cacophonous group improv
8. Hard bop groove

Ben B 5/20/05

Track Listing
1.Exploration 5.When?
2.Monk in Wonderland 6.Frankenstein
3.Love and Hate 7.Excursion
4.New Africa 8.Sonny's Back!