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Walter Davis, Jr.'s magnificent solo piano tribute to Thelonious Monk.,
This review is from: In Walked Thelonious (Audio CD)The underrated pianist, Walter Davis, Jr.(1932-1990), worked as a sideman with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Max Roach & Art Blakey but made relatively few albums as leader. He'd been a personal and musical friend of Thelonious Monk since 1949 and recorded this magnificent solo piano tribute to him during April/May, 1987.
Davis immersed himself in Monk's music for two months before the session and, playing a 1911 Steinway, recorded 14 inventive treatments of Monk's tunes(including 2 versions of ''Round Midnight') along with more difficult works such as the rarely heard 'Gallop's Gallop'.
'In Walked Thelonious' is a wonderful tribute album that captures the spirit of the great pianist/composer and deserves to be more widely known.