Si Perkoff, piano; Chuck Bernstein, drums; Sam Bevan, bass.
Some known and less well known compositions of the great Thelonious Monk brought to life by the piano playing of St, Louis born pianist Si Perkoff, bassist Sam Bevan and drummer/leader Chuck Bernstein who quietly enhances a fine trio. They kick off with a fulsome rendering of "San Francisco Holiday"; "Coming on the Hudson" is stylish and spaced; Ask Me Now" poignant and thoughtful; "Four in One" is a spiked scamper; "Brilliant Corners" has a barely contained explosive darkness; "Think of One" is sharp, brash and loud; "Pannonica" leisurely paced yet strong; "Trinkle Trinkle" stretched out with good group playing; "Misterioso" conjures a hypnotic rhythm; "Two Timer" seems a free wheeling wander; "Stuffy Turkey" upbeat and urgent; "Boo Boo's Birthday" swings light heartedly with every one having a go; "Rhythm a ning" finishes the set in a full blooded upbeat and a drum solo from Chuck that almost gets the last word. Si Perkoff manages to be delicate, angular, sensitive, urgent and relaxed all at the same time, reflecting a generous and intelligent approach. Some beautiful bass playing from Sam Bevan backed by light intuitive drumming from Chuck Bernstein. A splendid CD.
by Ferdinand Maylin
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