Modern improv and Bebop innvoative legends combine in this solo album from European pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach peforming the music of Thelonious Monk, 20 of the pianist's favorite works including several rarely performed pieces.
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Recorded on November 22nd and 23rd, 2011 in Berlin, DE by Kulturradio vom.
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"One of Europe's premier free jazz bandleaders, pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's music mixes free and contemporary classical elements, with his slashing solos often the link between the two in his compositions. Schlippenbach formed The Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966 to perform the piece"Globe Unity, which had been commissioned by the Berliner Jazztage.
He remained involved with the orchestra into the '80s. Schlippenbach began taking lessons at eight, and studied at the Staatliche Hochschule for Musik in Cologne with composers Bernd Alois Zimmermann and Rudolf Petzold. He played with Gunther Hampel in 1963, and was in Manfred Schoof's quintet from 1964 to 1967.Schlippenbach began heading various bands after 1967, among them 1970 trio with Evan Parker and Paul Lovens and a duo with Sven-Ake Johansson which they co-formed in 1976. Schlippenbach has also given many solos performances. In the late '80s, he formed the Berlin Contemporary Jazz Orchestra,which has featured a number ofesteemed European avant-garde jazz musicians including Evan Parker, Paul Lovens, KennyWheeler, Misha Mengelberg and Aki Takase. During the 90`s Duo work with Tony Oxley, Sam Rivers and Aki Takase. 1999 started performance and radiorecording of Thelonius Monks complete works, (all the compositions) with Rudi Mahall and his group "Die Enttäuschung"."-Alexander von Schlippenbach Website (http://www.avschlippenbach.com/)
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1. Reverence 2:57
2. Work 3:29
3. Interlude 1 0:52
4. Locomotive 4:43
5. Introspection I 6:21
6. Introspection II 4:37
7. Coming On The Hudson 4:17
8. Interlude 2 0:58
9. Epistrophy 4:20
10. Interlude 3 0:21
11. Reflections 4:22
12. Interlude 4 0:41
13. Interlude 5 0:35
14. Brilliant Corners 7:18
15. Interlude 6 0:53
16. Interlude 7 1:17
17. Pannonica 3:42
18. Interlude 8 0:43
19. Played Twice 2:50
20. Epilogue 1:04
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"Nobody plays Monk like Schlippenbach. In the same way Monk worked on a composition for weeks, Schlippenbach has involved himself with Monk's work for many years. Listening, analysing, playing and with the greatest conceivable respect. Already the 3 CD-recordings of Thelonious Monk's complete works from Alexander von Schlippenbach together with the band Die Enttäuschung are a most impressive documentation of this involvement.
With this present production for which Alexander von Schlippenbach chose some of his "Monk-favourites" - including some of the more rarely performed pieces - to him it was not about working on, re-harmonising or consciously changing the original forms of Monk's compositions. Their themes are so multifaceted and complex that it was Alexander von Schlippenbach's first and foremost concern to keep very close to these themes and to concentrate his focus on dealing "freely" with the melodies and the rhythmic torque.
Monk and Schlippenbach: A stimulated conversation going on and they get along brilliantly, these brothers in spirit!"- Ulf Drechsel, from the Liner Notes
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