Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher

Monk Materials/Playing the Second Coolbook

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A classic in modern jazz, this 2-CD set features some of the most enticing concept music ever released on disc. The first CD is an early trio recording of a live program, where Braam takes popular and obscure compositions by Thelonious Monk, and completely turns them upside down, making them his own. Along with bassist Wilbert De Joode and drummer Michael Vatcher, there is a spectacular synergy that sparks a musical encounter of continual surprise, sophistication, and humor. The second, later CD features a live quintet with two saxophonists (including altoist Frank Gratkowski), playing ten highly original Braam pieces, each of which alludes to the work of pianist Lennie Tristano. Braam steers the group through the history of jazz, from swing to free, twisting and turning along the way. The results are brilliant and highly engaging.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 5:42
2 5:57
3 8:27
4 5:20
5 4:43
6 6:48
7 4:43
8 5:13
9 6:19
10 8:32

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:36
2 2:57
3 9:59
4 3:38
5 2:51
6 3:11
7 2:32
8 5:19
9 3:17
10 3:15
11 11:24
12 5:02
13 5:20
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