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Green Chimneys: the Music of Thelonious Monk

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  • Audio CD (7 May 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000IOPU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Green Chimneys
  2. Hackensack
  3. Brilliant Corners
  4. Monk's Dream
  5. 'Round Midnight
  6. Bemsha Swing
  7. Shuffle Boil
  8. Boo Boo's Birthday
  9. Evidence
  10. Ugly Beauty
  11. Think Of One
  12. Light Blue/Rhythm-A-Ning
  13. Ruby My Dear

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When this album was released, Bournemouth's favourite ex-policeman expressed the view that most albums of the music of Thelonious Monk made by anyone other than Monk himself tended to end up as solo-theme-solo blowing sessions which detracted from Monk's skill as a composer. It's easy to see what Summer means and also refreshing to hear how his own solution to the problem is in many ways as innovative as Monk's original thinking. Rather than settling for cloning the originals and then just slapping a guitar part on top, Summers has expertly deconstructed a cluster of Monk favourites and then reassembled them with guitar parts elegantly integrated into the structure of each piece. Predictably, the selection includes "Brilliant Corners", "'Round Midnight" and so on, while the presence of Sting as guest vocalist on the latter and Summers' ability to rustle up some powerful jazz company for this recording (including Peter Erskine and Hank Roberts) is also par for the course. What's less easy to anticipate is the constant innovation of Summers' interpretations. A commendable project. --Roger Thomas

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By A Customer on 18 Mar. 2001
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I loved The Police but I have to admit I was a little skeptical of Andy Summers tackling Monk since he isn't from a true jazz guitar background. But I have to say that overall he did a pretty good job. The sound reminds me of Bill Frisell and although Summers doesn't really knock me out on his soloing his tonal pallette is pleasant and his style is suitable to Monk's music. If you are new to jazz guitar I would check out guys like Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, and Mark Elf for a more mainstream look at jazz guitar; or something a little more rock-edged also there's John Scofield & Mike Stern & Paul Bollenback.
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I never realised Sting had a voice!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monk Fans Will Dig Green Chimneys 16 Nov. 2016
By Kennedy Gammage - Published on Amazon.com
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I am so happy I bought this Andy Summers Green Chimneys CD of Thelonious Monk tunes, recorded in ‘99 after hearing a cut from it on @jazz88.org. I love Monk, and I totally love Andy Summers from The Police! I prefer my jazz electric guitar fuzzed-out and rocky, and heroic musicians like Metheny, Scofield, Stern, Frisell, Torn – many others – have come through for me time after time over the years! Just wanted to say that Summers is totally in their league without question. I mean, everyone knows he’s in the top-echelon of rock guitarists, framing so many Police songs with his reggae infused leads, dub effects and rhythm guitar comping. But re: jazz, in the liner notes Summers says he got turned-on to Monk as a teen and that he’s a lifelong fan. Monk’s crazy wonderful music is in his blood obviously! Plus it doesn’t hurt that on this date he surrounded himself with world-class players like Dave Carpenter, Peter Erskine and Joey de Francesco! So I think I can state with confidence that virtually every Monk fan would like this music. Sting’s vocal on ‘Round Midnight is so sweet! Nat King Cole really couldn’t have done it better.
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly better than you'd imagine 18 Dec. 2015
By Hammer + Jazz - Published on Amazon.com
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I really think it must be taken into consideration that we're writing about the guitarist for the pop band The Police here . That's pretty remarkable . Not that the Police were any slouches mind you but I don't recollect too many David Gilmore type guitar solos issuing from Andy's guitar during their tenure . Not that I listened very hard or deep , I hasten to add , because I didn't .
I've followed Andy since he began his solo journey and was previously most knocked out by his World Gone Strange recording . This is a more sophisticated undertaking than that record in jazz terms though . To my mind . Composition wise . Arrangement wise . Both are swell . The new age records are right out with me personally . Out of consideration .
5.0 out of 5 stars They are beyond good!! 10 Jan. 2016
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Got CD the next day.....They are beyond good!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Perhaps his best work. 21 May 1999
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I couldn't wait to get this CD. I met Andy in January and he said it would be out in May. Now it's out and pretty soon the classic jazz stations will be playing it. There are a variety of different moods on this CD, and he closes it with a truly beautiful version of Ruby My Dear. Sting also shines on this CD with a great performance of 'Round Midnight. Do yourself a favor and buy this CD.
4.0 out of 5 stars Monk would be very happy I'm sure 5 July 2014
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A lovely album by a top guitarist and of course world star. Monk would be very happy I'm sure.
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