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ARTIST
TITLE
Monk
FORMAT
LP

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CATALOG #
DOX 853LP DOX 853LP
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RELEASE DATE
8/19/2014

It's truly astonishing how much Thelonious Monk can do with so little. Working with an all-star ensemble including Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey, Monk will settle into a small section of the melody laid out in the opening of the song, playing endlessly with rhythmic variations and possibilities for dissonance. These explorations never become self-indulgent, but rather create new spaces within the songs that his band can explore. This 1954 album begins with "We See," using the unusual rhythms that are Monk's trademark. High notes played by the horn section serve as punctuation on the song's main melodic theme. Monk plays a relaxed solo, and Frank Foster continues the laid back tone. Ray Copeland changes the dynamic with spiraling flurries of notes.