Monk Inside Out

Comp Like Monk (Compilation) | Clazz Ensemble | BIMHUIS

The MONK INSIDE OUT project by the Clazz Ensemble honoured Monk with new music based on, or inspired by the music of Thelonious Monk.

The video shows excerpts of my composition ‘Comp Like Monk’, which I wrote for this project. This performance was the première at the BIMHUIS, Amsterdam, with (parts of) solo’s of Gerard Kleijn, Dick de Graaf and Frank Carlberg.

The composition was based on – not the themes, but the comping – of Thelonious Monk on the following three pieces of his Underground album (1968):

Green Chimneys
Ugly Beauty
Boo Boo’s Birthday

Such a creative and unusual player he was… Thank you Thelonious, for your amazing legacy.

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