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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.

Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Schlippenbach Plays Monk

Schlippenbach, Alexander Von: Schlippenbach Plays Monk (Intakt)
Label: Intakt    
Released in: Switzerland    

"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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Product Information:

UPC: 7640120192075

Label: Intakt
Catalog ID: INT207
Squidco Product Code: 16915

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2012
Country: Switzerland
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded on November 22nd and 23rd, 2011 in Berlin, DE by Kulturradio vom.


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Track Listing:

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