Although often unrightfully maligned by self-proclaimed "purists," Thelonious Monk did some brilliant work during his early- to mid-'60s stint for Columbia Records. It's Monk's Time contains some of the best -- if not arguably the best -- studio sides that the pianist cut during his final years as a recording musician.
The album's title turned out to be somewhat prophetic, as Time magazine featured Monk as the cover subject for its February 28,edition. Lulus Back In Town - Thelonious Monk - Its Monks TimeTragedy Vision - Black Destiny - Black Is Where Our Hearts Belong was to have been profiled by the periodical the previous November; however, the assassination of then-President John F.
Kennedy took obvious precedence. It had been almost a full year since his previous studio release, Criss-Crossand there had been a German Stomp - Max Berlins* - Worldwide Party alteration in the rhythm section, which now incorporated the respective talents of both Butch Warren bass and Ben Riley drums as well as longtime cohort Charlie Rouse tenor sax.
From four sessions in earlyIt's Monk's Time gathers four quartet and two solo sides, presenting the pinnacle of what these musicians offered stylistically as well as from the standpoint of presentation. There is sense of mischievous playfulness in Monk 's nimble keyboard work, especially notable on the beautifully off-kilter unaccompanied opening to "Lulu's Back in Town," and the same practically impish quality also drives the solo performance on "Nice Work if You Can Get It.
Johnson to the slightly more obscure and decidedly frenetic playing of Cliff Jacksonas well as the ragtime approach of Walter L. The results are bound together in Monk 's arithmetically advanced delivery and harmonic composition.
The combo -- especially Rouse -- effectively supports and punctuates the tricky timing of "Stuffy Turkey" and the more aggressive bop of "Brake's Sake. The concluding cut, "Shuffle Boil," is one of the lost gems of the artist's later work. It sports an effortless swing over a sophisticated and challenging melodic structure. Bassist Warren steps up to the plate, providing a supple and pulsating bed for both Monk and Rouse as they trade solos.
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