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Newsome, Sam / Monk Abstractions
Album:Monk Abstractions Collection:Jazz
Artist:Newsome, Sam Added:Sep 2007

A-File Activity
Add Date:2007-11-18 Pull Date:2008-01-20 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:Jan 13Dec 16Dec 9Nov 25

 Recent Airplay
1.Jan 25, 2008:Memory Select
Monk Abstraction No. 1
4.Dec 09, 2007:Transmission Overload
Boo Boo's Birthday
2.Jan 11, 2008:Memory Select
Four In One
5.Dec 07, 2007:Memory Select
3.Dec 14, 2007:Memory Select
Straight No Chaser
6.Nov 23, 2007:Memory Select

Album Review
Reviewed 2007-11-02 
SAM NEWSOME: Monk Abstractions
self-release, 2007

SOLO SOPRANO SAXOPHONE – Known as the leader of the band Global Unity, Newsome here uses the music of Thelonious Monk as a showcase for extended sax techniques. Newsome employs multiphonics – squeezing multiple notes from his horn simultaneously – fluid time, dynamic control and judicious use of space.
Pick pretty much any track and you’ll hear a mysterious-sounding blend of popping, squeaking, long tones, overtones and jumbles. Might make a good interlude between two noisier improv tracks.

Free Improvisation: 1, 5, 8, 10, 14
Based on Monk tunes: 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15

Track Listing
1.Monk Abstraction No. 1 8.Monk Abstraction No. 3
2.Boo Boo's Birthday 9.Ugly Beauty
3.Skippy 10.Monk Abstraction No. 4
4.Ask Me Now 11.Crepuscule With Nellie
5.Monk Abstraction No. 2 12.Rhythm-A-Ning
6.Misterioso 13.Monk Abstraction No. 5
7.Four In One 14.Twinkle-Tinkle