Monk's Music

  • 31 July 2006

This article is from 2006.

The influence of Thelonious Monk is pretty much a pervasive presence in jazz, but the Edinburgh Jazz Festival now follows last month’s Glasgow bash with a special project dedicated to re-interpreting Monk’s singular and idiosyncratic music. In Glasgow, German pianist Alex Slippenbach’s Monk’s Casino dipped into a substantial segment of a project in which his quintet played all of Monk’s compositions in frenetic but highly creative (and slightly mad) fashion.

The Edinburgh project is likely to be no less original in its approach, even if details remain vague at this stage. The fact that pianist Ethan Iverson (of The Bad Plus fame) is the driving force behind it is enough to ensure that the music will journey well beyond routine cover versions of familiar Monk classics, with spontaneity as the watchword. As they say, expect the unexpected. (Kenny Mathieson)

Jazz Centre at The Lot (EIJF), 467 5200, 5 Aug, 9.30pm, £10.

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