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Green Chimneys: The Music of Thelonious Monk
Andy Summers
Green Chimneys: The Music of Thelonious Monk
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
 
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On this recording, Andy Summers, formerly of the pop group the Police, translates the angular and quirky compositions of jazz pioneer Thelonious Sphere Monk into a wide variety of musical settings. Buoyed by drummers Peter...  more »

      
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All Artists: Andy Summers
Title: Green Chimneys: The Music of Thelonious Monk
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Original Release Date: 5/18/1999
Release Date: 5/18/1999
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop, Rock
Styles: Jazz Fusion, Progressive, Progressive Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 090266347223, 766487514347

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On this recording, Andy Summers, formerly of the pop group the Police, translates the angular and quirky compositions of jazz pioneer Thelonious Sphere Monk into a wide variety of musical settings. Buoyed by drummers Peter Erskine and Bernie Dresel, electric-acoustic bassist Dave Carpenter, and organist Joey de Francescos, Summers's spare, ghostly guitar--a delicious combination of Jim Hall's timbre and Pat Martino's fluency--swings in a straight-ahead take on the title track, the ballad "Ugly Beauty," and "Monk's Dream"--with Summers's sly "Jeepers Creepers" quote. Erskine lays down a danceable New Orleans second-line beat on "Hackensack," tinged by the tenor sax-trumpet frontline of Steve Tavaglione and Walt Fowler, and "Bemsha Swing" moves to an Afro-Caribbean beat. Summers's country twang imbues the strip tease-tempoed "Brilliant Corners" and "Think of One," which rings with de Francesco's churchy organ solo; "Shuffle Boil" is recast in "Bitches Brew" fashion with Fowler's Milesian musings; and "Light Blue" and "Rhythm-A-Ning" melds Summers's Appalachian banjo with Tavaglione's oblique clarinet in an avant-garde landscape. Summers and company stick to the lullaby melody of "Boo Boo's Birthday," and Summers's intro sets up the moody cabaret-style vocal by fellow Policeman Sting on "'Round Midnight." "Ruby My Dear" highlights the guitarist in a folksy, solo spotlight and closes this well-traveled tribute. --Eugene Holley Jr.

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A lot better than I thought
01/17/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I loved The Police but I have to admit I was a little skeptical of Andy Summers tackling Monk since he isn't from a true jazz guitar background. But I have to say that overall he did a pretty good job. The sound reminds me of Bill Frisell and although Summers doesn't really knock me out on his soloing his tonal pallette is pleasant and his style is suitable to Monk's music. If you are new to jazz guitar I would check out guys like Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, and Mark Elf for a more mainstream look at jazz guitar; or something a little more rock-edged also there's John Scofield & Mike Stern & Paul Bollenback."
Not quite smooth jazz, rock, or straight-ahead jazz
a superintelligent shade of the col | minneapolis | 01/30/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Not a great jazz album, but a good one. Andy Summers doesn't have the melodic brilliance of a more hardcore jazz guitarist (even though it's all he's done for the last several years). What he DOES have is an ear for pleasing pop production and arrangement. The recording and production quality is far more polished than usual for a jazz album, and the arrangements are creative. From a pure production point, it'd be good smooth jazz. But Monk's tunes are too jagged for smooth jazz, the sometimes aggressive arrangements are too rocking for straight-ahead, and the swing too overtly jazzy for the rock fans. So it's an album that fails to please three different markets. Still, it's a good effort, with particularly nice performances by some of the sidemen (Peter Erskine on drums). But when it gets down to it, if i want Summers i'll put on a Police record, and if i want Monk i'll put on a Monk record. Nobody but nobody tops the master!"
Green chimneys is a winner
a superintelligent shade of the col | 07/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"when i listen to music, it's either soundgarden, or pearl jam. however, when i visited barnes and nobles the other day, i came across an album done by andy summers entitled "green chimneys". i was a fan of andy's when he was with the police, so decided to sample this album. "green chimneys" is a great album. tracks 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10 are great medleys that stay in your head. summers has really evolved into a jazz musician. the horn line featured in this album are impressive, while summers' guitar play is smooth and tranquile."