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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,193 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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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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Kennedy Gammage
5.0 out of 5 starsMonk Fans Will Dig Green Chimneys
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Hammer + Jazz
4.0 out of 5 starsPossibly better than you'd imagine
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5.0 out of 5 starsThey are beyond good!!
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5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent! Perhaps his best work.
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The Pilgrim
4.0 out of 5 starsMonk would be very happy I'm sure
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