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The trio Évidence has been playing the music of Thelonious Monk on an irregular basis since 1985. Live à la Casa is their second release, 15 years after their debut, Évidence: Musique de Thelonious Monk. Évidence's originality resides in the fact that this is an alto saxophone/electric bass/drums trio — no piano. Live à la Casa was recorded at La Casa Obscura in Montreal on January 13 and June 17, 1999.

Jean Derome (alto sax), Pierre Cartier (bass), and Pierre Tanguay (drums) take much liberty with Monk's material — a good thing. They revisit classic tunes ("Straight, No Chaser," "Reflections") and unearth forgotten gems (the 1947 "Thelonious"). Tanguay plays with Monk's metric as if he were in the school yard (he's everywhere but on the beat on "Blue Hawk") while Derome relies on split tones to make up for the missing piano clusters that came to be Monk's signature sound. The music radiates from the musicians' pleasure of playing these tunes. Monk fans will be pleased by these fresh interpretations from musicians understanding what the pianist's music was all about. On the other hand, purists will find much to despise on Live à la Casa, but then again purists usually stay away from Monk. Their loss. ~ François Couture, Rovi


Born: December 10, 1976 in Venice, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

One-third of the influential L.A. hip-hop group Dilated Peoples, Evidence was born Michael Perretta in Los Angeles, relocating from Santa Monica to Venice Beach with his mother when he was six, after his parents' divorce. Though Evidence was heavily into skating and graffiti while growing up, it wasn't until he was 12, when he moved next door to QDIII (Quincy Jones' son) and was able to see firsthand how beats were made and what it took to be a top-quality producer, that he began to be more interested...
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  • $7.92
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Jazz
  • Released: Jan 01, 2000
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