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Monk Suite: Kronos Quartet Plays Music of Thelonious Monk

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Customer Reviews

Set Your Soul Afire to these Syncopated Strings

I'm a fan of the Kronos because of their commitment of bringing us musical excellence from decades of genres ranging from angst to rock – all in a brilliant and engaging tour-de-force of a string quartet. Enter the soul clenching tones of Monk and a Double Bass, and you’ll start exploring areas in the right side of your brain that you never knew existed. You’ll feel Monk’s musical passion to your core. You’ll hear richer and greater depths to these tasty tracks each time you listen – so palatable that you won’t ever get tired of listening! Monk on!

An old favorite

I have been a fan of this album since it first came out in thee 1970s. While I prefer the angularity, quirkiness, and percussiveness of Monk’s piano, and the depth of emotion of his better accompanists the arrangements go along way to capturing Monk’s spirit. Although the quartet does not improvise, Ron Carter is one of the great jazz bassists and his improvisations are always appropriate. I particularly enjoy the quirkiness of Off Minor/Epistrophy and the depth of Round Midnight.


Formed: 1973 in Seattle, WA

Genre: Classical

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

Since their founding in 1973, Kronos Quartet have become the foremost ambassador of contemporary chamber music, determined and successful at breaking down barriers between musical genres and between musicians and audiences. David Harrington, the ensemble's founder and first violinist, was inspired to form the group after hearing George Crumb's Black Angels. By the end of the 1970s, Kronos settled into a tight collaboration between Harrington, violinist John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt, and cellist...
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