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Album Review

A few decades ago it was considered quite unusual for any musician to record a full set of Thelonious Monk songs. However, by the time guitarist Joshua Breakstone made this trio date, everyone seemed to be recording Monk's music and the formerly forbidding pianist-composer was rightfully considered not only a genius, but fairly accessible. With the exception of "Ruby, My Dear," Breakstone (a superior cool-toned guitarist) explores the more obscure and complex Monk tunes on this set, swinging such songs as "Work," "Eronel," and "Brilliant Corners" with ease. The trio is tight, with bassist Dennis Irwin contributing stimulating lines and drummer Mickey Roker being subtle and swinging in support. Although no longer groundbreaking, this is a fine addition to Joshua Breakstone's consistently rewarding discography.


Born: July 22, 1955 in Elizabeth, NJ

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A fine bop-based guitarist, Joshua Breakstone discovered jazz when he was 14. He studied for several years with Sal Salvador, yet at the time was gigging regularly with a rock group. He attended Berklee, and in 1977, toured Canada with the reed player Glen Hall, making his recording debut on Hall's Sonora release. During and after teaching guitar at the Rhode Island Conservatory of Music (1979-1981), Breakstone worked in New York with Warne Marsh, Emily Remler, Dave Schnitter, and Vic Juris. In 1983,...
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