Album Remarks & Appraisals:
John Beasley has shared stages with some of the most important names in jazz during his three-decade career. From his days as a member of Freddie Hubbard's quintet and one of Miles Davis' last touring bands to his role as Music Director for Jazz Day galas for the Thelonious Monk Institute, Beasley has had a first-hand involvement with the genre's never-ending evolution.
Thelonious Monk is a Mount Rushmore figure in the creation of modern jazz. As the centennial of his birth rapidly approaches, Beasley - pianist, conductor and arranger - has grappled with the complex composer's legacy with his versatile big band riffing on the wit and unmistakable architecture of the Monk songbook with irrepressible energy and swinging abandon on MONK'estra, Volume 1.
Liner Note Authors: John Beasley; Neil Tesser.
Recording information: Fonogenic Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Margarita Studio, Brooklyn, NY; Red Rock Studios, Miami, FL; The Hive, Venice, CA; United Recording Stvudio, Los Angelse, CA.
Illustrator: Raj Naik.
Photographer: Raj Naik.