Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Thelonious Monk- Rhythm-A-Ning

No more rhythm.

It comes as no surprise that an old recording of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane has been met with boundless enthusiasm. Monk and Coltrane will be popular as long as humans have access to music replay devices. I trust a few recent converts will be inspired to dig deeper. 'Trane was just one of the many incredible saxophonists who played with Monk. Others were Johnny Griffin, Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins. Yet his most constant sax man was Charlie Rouse, whos distinctive muffled tone is heard to good effect on this 1961 set. Where 'Trane shreds, Rouse sublimates himself to the composition.

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