Two Continents One Groove / T.S. Monk

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Monk, also known as “Toot”, leads his sextet with an innovative and dynamic approach. Since 1992, the drummer has worked exclusively with his co-players, making the sound of the sextet incredibly tight. When they roll out their arsenal, they soar and swing, and are indeed exciting to hear. In that regard, it might be quite surprising to learn that this is Monk’s very first live album! “This is my first live recording, ever! It’s daunting and an uncertain kind of product. Most live albums aren’t that good. I’ve been lucky to always have great people working with me.”

The seven songs on the album are taken from two performances at two similar jazz rooms over a two-year period; three are from “Harlem’s Jazz Shrines Festival: Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse” at Ginny’s Supper Club on May 7, 2014, while others were recorded at Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland on April 24, 2016. Drummer, percussionist, composer, producer and bandleader, T. S. Monk has taken his place in the pantheon of jazz royalty, to which he was born. The swing is DNA inherited and absorbed in this master drummer’s persona. Monk spent the late 70’s and 80’s in various R&B groups, scoring his biggest hit Bon Bon Vie (Gimme the Good Life) in 1982, but by the 1990’s he decided to return to his jazz roots.

REVIEW:

Two Continents One Groove has superb sound reproduction for a live disc. But that would be for nought without great performances, and this band delivers. With its well chosen covers and strong member compositions, it’s a perfect blend of foundational and forward looking. Best of all, it’s great fun, with all kinds of swing and funk. Highly recommended.

-- A Green Man Review (Gary Whitehouse)



Product Description:


  • Release Date: June 17, 2022


  • Catalog Number: SVL1018530


  • UPC: 717101853021


  • Label: Storyville Records


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: Jazz


  • Composer: Jymie Merritt, Miles Davis, Josh Evans, Victor Feldman, Helen Sung, Randy Weston


  • Performer: T.S. Monk



Works:


  1. Sierre

    Ensemble: T. S. Monk (Drums, Percussion), Helen Sung (Piano), Willie Williams (Tenor Sax), Patience Higgins (Alto Sax), Josh Evans (Trumpet), Kenny Davis (Bass), Dave Stryker (Guitar)


  2. Brother Thelonious

    Ensemble: T. S. Monk (Drums, Percussion), Helen Sung (Piano), Willie Williams (Tenor Sax), Patience Higgins (Alto Sax), Josh Evans (Trumpet), Kenny Davis (Bass)


  3. Chessman's Delight

    Ensemble: T. S. Monk (Drums, Percussion), Helen Sung (Piano), Willie Williams (Tenor Sax), Patience Higgins (Alto Sax), Josh Evans (Trumpet), Kenny Davis (Bass)


  4. Seven Steps To Heaven

    Ensemble: T. S. Monk (Drums, Percussion), Helen Sung (Piano), Willie Williams (Tenor Sax), Patience Higgins (Alto Sax), Josh Evans (Trumpet), Kenny Davis (Bass)


  5. Earnie Washington

    Ensemble: T. S. Monk (Drums, Percussion), Helen Sung (Piano), Willie Williams (Tenor Sax), Patience Higgins (Alto Sax), Josh Evans (Trumpet), Kenny Davis (Bass)


  6. Nommo

    Ensemble: T. S. Monk (Drums, Percussion), Helen Sung (Piano), Willie Williams (Tenor Sax), Patience Higgins (Alto Sax), Josh Evans (Trumpet), Kenny Davis (Bass)


  7. Little Niles

    Ensemble: T. S. Monk (Drums, Percussion), Helen Sung (Piano), Willie Williams (Tenor Sax), Patience Higgins (Alto Sax), Josh Evans (Trumpet), Kenny Davis (Bass)