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A veteran trumpeter, composer, arranger, and teacher, Jimmy Owens has put in an enormous amount of work over the past four decades. He got his start in the '60s playing with legends like Archie Shepp, Hubert Laws, Dizzy Gillespie, and Willie Bobo, among many others. He has toured the world extensively, racked up a slew of international awards, conducted countless educational workshops and seminars, and appeared on dozens of albums. With The Monk Project, he shares his unique take on the music of jazz royalty Thelonious Monk, reinterpreting much-loved classics and semi-obscure songs alike, breathing fresh life into them with his own arrangements. Backed by a powerhouse group that includes Kenny Barron (piano), Howard Johnson (baritone), Marcus Strickland (sax), Winard Harper (drums), and Wycliffe Gordon (trombone), they present us with 10 tracks sure to strike a chord with jazz aficionados everywhere. Everything here is great, but "Blue Monk," "Pannonica," and "Brilliant Corners" are standouts.

Customer Reviews

Smokin' Jazz

I heard Jimmy Owens on satellite radio live from Dizzy's and immediately came home and purchased this CD. This is bopping get up and move jazz and is a great listen. I highly recommend it.

Not a Big Monk Fan, But

I like his renditions of many of Monk's classics.

The Monk Project

A great rendition of Monk classics. Some of the songs are done at a different pace than the original.


Born: December 9, 1943 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A fine trumpeter and flügelhorn player, especially on uptempo tunes, Jimmy Owens doesn't have an extensive amount of recordings as a leader, but he distinguished himself through session work with numerous bandleaders and groups. Owens played with Miles Davis' band in the late '50s, but didn't record with them. He studied with Donald Byrd in 1959 and was in Marshall Brown's Newport Youth Band in 1959 and 1960. During the '60s, Owens worked with Slide Hampton, Lionel Hampton, Maynard Ferguson, Gerry...
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: Jan 02, 2012

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