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Ten Thelonius Monk compositions played in a very unique, and often quirky, way by the trio "Play Monk", comprised of Scott Amendola (drums), Ben Goldberg (clarinet) and Devin Hoff (bass).

Plays Monk (Amendola / Goldberg / Hoff)
Plays Monk

Plays Monk (Amendola / Goldberg / Hoff): Plays Monk (Long Song Records)
Label: Long Song Records    
Released in: Italy    

"Featuring Ben Goldberg on clarinet, Devin Hoff on bass and Scott Amendola on drums & production. Devin Hoff and Scott Amendola are the great rhythm team for the Nels Cline Singers. Devin, Scott & clarinet wiz, Ben Goldberg, are also members of Nels Cline's New Monastery / Andrew Hill project. On this rich offering, the trio plays ten Thelonius Monk compositions in their own quirky way. "Skippy" is taken at a brisk tempo and has an infectious, happy vibe. Very nice to hear this trio playing a few of the rarer Monk tunes like "Shuffle Boil" and "Boo Boo's Birthday". What makes this disc so fine is the way the trio plays these tunes, all of which were written at and often feature a piano at the center. With spirited versions of "Little Rootie Tootie", "Four in One" and "Teo", how can they go wrong? An excellent offering."-Long Song Records

"Devin Hoff is a double-bassist, bass guitarist, guitarist and songwriter. He began playing music seriously at age 15, and has continued to do so ever since, foregoing college as he was already working at his chosen profession. Torn between the visceral energies of punk and metal and the spiritual freedom of free jazz in his youth, he has spent the last 20-plus years exploring the resonance and dissonance of these musical tendencies. Devin has played and recorded with many musicians and bands over the years, including Carla Bozulich, Nels Cline, Vijay Iyer, Carla Kihlstedt, Joshua Redman, Kira Roessler, Mike Watt, and Xiu Xiu. His main creative vehicles of the past decade or so are the "crust jazz" bass/drums duo Good For Cows (with drummer Ches Smith) and his ongoing solo bass project, The Devin Hoff Platform. He also plays under a pseudonym in various crust punk and metal projects."

-Ken Vandermark Website (

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Product Information:

UPC: 8032089000055

Label: Long Song Records
Catalog ID: LSRCD 104/2007
Squidco Product Code: 17207

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2007
Country: Italy
Packaging: Jewel Tray
Recorded by Jeff Cressman at Bay Records Recording Studios, Berkeley, CA on November 1st and 2nd, 2004.


Scott Amendola-drums

Ben Goldberg-clarinet

Devin Hoff-bass

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Track Listing:

1. Skippy 4:54

2. Boo Boo's Birthday 4:05

3. Work 4:41

4. Reflections 5:05

5. Little Rootie Tootie 4:56

6. Green Chimneys 4:00

7. Shuffle Boil 2:38

8. Four in One 4:34

9. Eronel 5:49

10. Teo 2:14

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