Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Track of the Day: 1-31-08

Today's Track of the Day:

Thelonious Monk - "Bemsha Swing"

The version that concludes Brilliant Corners, to be precise. I can't think of many pianists - heck, many musicians, period - as instantly recognizable as Monk. This track has it all; it swings with Monk's trademark off-kilter rhythms and idiosyncratic phrasing, and the melody is unforgettably catchy. His sidemen on this cut include Sonny Rollins and Max Roach; it's tasty stuff.

1 comment:

Sator Arepo said...

Awesome track from an awesome album. I had to buy a Monk book, once, because I couldn't transcribe Brilliant Corners.