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It's one of the very best Jazz of piano player i've got. This album tracks have a very good sound. I highly recommend it.
The recording production is superb. Garson's playing is quite interesting, because Monk was influenced as a youth by stride piano playing and it sounds to me like Garson is filtering Monk's composition through this earlier playing technique. I have a feeling Monk would approve of the album.
A highly skilled and artistic interpretation
Soundwise, it is excellent. Music wise, I give it 9/10, not because of anything related to Mike Garson but to my not understanding or liking the music itself as much as I thought I would. Several songs are really 10/10, but some of the approaches he has to other songs are somewhat "too rock" perhaps... But maybe that's my misconception. Enjoy, it's a great record!
Recording Info: Recorded 5 June 2013 in Chicago, Illinois
Recorded at 15 ips IEC using two Neumann U-67 microphones.
1. Bolivar Blues 2:19
2. Ruby My Dear 3:38
3. Blue Monk 3:00
4. Well You Needn't 2:45
5. I Mean You 7:24
6. Think Of One 3:10
7. Bemsha Swing 4:15
8. Monk's Dream 3:36
9. Homage to Monk 1:50
Mike Garson, Monk Fell On Me, 2013
Recorded on the 5th and 6th of June 2013, this spectacular solo piano performance features Mike Garson, one of the finest jazz pianist alive today. Referred to as the greatest rock and roll pianist of all time by David Bowie (with whom he toured for many years) Mike interprets Thelonius Monk tunes in an intensely deep and modernistic approach. The result is stunning both musically and sonically. The session was recorded directly to two-track tape using two vintage Neuman U67 microphones and a modified Studer 810 recorder. The sound on this release is close in and up front, so detail is clearly heard. Yet it remains musical because of the quality and nature of the microphones and tape deck used, but more importantly because of the playing.
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