A Message From Monk (Digital Only)
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||Straight No Chaser||Larry Gales||14:35||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Round Midnight||Larry Gales||6:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Off Minor||Larry Gales||10:17||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Ruby My Dear||Larry Gales||8:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Let's Call This||Larry Gales||10:34||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||A Message From The High Priest||Larry Gales||11:38||Album Only||View in iTunes|
Bassist Larry Gales and drummer Ben Riley played together in Thelonious Monk's quartet during part of the 1960s and they anchor this Monk tribute CD, which also features trumpeter Claudio Roditi, trombonist Steve Turre, tenor saxophonist Junior Cook and pianist Benny Green. "Straight No Chaser" is given a lengthy jam-session treatment, "'Round Midnight" receives a surprise vocal from Gales (showing off a warm and expressive voice), Cook's tenor is featured on both "Off Minor" and "Ruby My Dear," and Green ably leads the trio through "Let's Call This" before the full sextet interprets Gales' minor-toned swinger "A Message from the High Priest." It is a little disappointing how little Roditi and Turre are heard from during the live set. But otherwise, the conventional jam on Thelonious Monk's music is respectful, boppish and enjoyable.
Born: March 25, 1936
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '90s