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Album Review

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

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '90s

Larry Gales was a fine supportive bassist best known for his five years (1964-1969) spent as a member of the Thelonious Monk Quartet. He started on bass when he was 11 and in 1956 attended the Manhattan School of Music. Among Gales' key associations before joining Monk were J.C. Heard, the Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis-Johnny Griffin Quintet, Herbie Mann, the Junior Mance Trio, and Joe Williams. He traveled with Monk all over the world and then, after leaving the pianist/composer, settled in Los Angeles...
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A Message From Monk (Digital Only), Larry Gales
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  • $4.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop
  • Released: May 01, 1991

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