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Thelonious Sphere Monk
Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor
Thelonious Sphere Monk
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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All Artists: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Cecil Taylor
Title: Thelonious Sphere Monk
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Diw Records
Release Date: 3/26/2002
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Avant Garde & Free Jazz
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 634164084622, 074644896244, 4988044008465

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A Momentous Gathering, Bearing Memorable Witness.
Michael F. Hopkins | Buffalo, NY USA | 05/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Here, a grand convergence of sound sorcerors. From the American Midwest comes
The Art Ensemble Of Chicago (trumpeter Lester Bowie, saxophonists Joseph Jarman
and Roscoe Mitchell, bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut, and percussionist Famoudou
Don Moye), representing the pan-idiomatic forces and open mysteries nurturing
the Jazz avant garde -and so much more- into the here and now. From the American
Northeast comes guest Cecil Taylor, grandmaster of the acoustic piano and a
principal purveyor of that very avant garde for a good half-century going
strong. The result, this early 1990 tribute to/extension of the legacies
established by the legendary Thelonious Monk, is a towering

The three collaborations showcase the rich diversity that these pioneers
command, from the fertile tempests of "Excerpts from Fifteen Part 3A" to
the lotus jewel delicacy of "Caseworks". Those who pontificate about the
"deep" nature of so-called Rap (or whatever its cover, these days) are
advised to check the Third World dawn, poetic chant, urban diddy-wah
and other soundscapes which emanate from "Intro To Fifteen". Here,
word sound empowers picturesque, polyharmonic flowers, sprouting
courageously through the morass of our deadened senses.

As for the AECO's selections, note the gamely gallop of "Nutty", after
its hysterical intro which is, purposely, quite nutty! "Round Midnight"
is very well-served, its lace of surreal starshine ushering in the
bounties of the full Moon, and a new day at hand.

The Great Black Music emerges unbowed, "Dreaming Of The Masters";
one with the Spirits of those come before, and refreshing mists of
brighter moments to come.

Its promise, the right to wonder, lingers...