Marsalis Plays Monk -- Standard Time, Vol. IV

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May 28, 1999 at 04:00 AM EDT

Wynton Marsalis’ approach to Thelonious Monk is that of a detached but admiring classicist unable to get to the core of Monk’s brilliance. Still, the latest in Marsalis’ Standard Time series, Marsalis Plays Monk — Standard Time, Vol. IV is an illuminating interpretation, with its rollicking midsize ensemble arrangements and a thinking person’s party vibe. Lesser-known Monk jewels like ”Brake’s Sake” and ”Green Chimneys” add to the distinction of this project, a prize in the ranks of Monk tributes. B+

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