Wednesday, May 2, 2012

#3 - Have You Heard? - J.R Monterose, "The Message"

Here's a great offering from one of the most underrated tenorists of all time.  Maybe underrated isn't exactly the best term.  Under-appreciated is probably a more appropriate description.  You don't have to look too hard to find admiration of him from some of the best players who ever lived.  I heartily enjoyed this album of mostly swinging original music from J.R. Monterose.  I hope you do too.

"I've tried all my life to avoid copying. If I can't be myself, there's no point being in jazz."  

Track Listing:
1. Straight Ahead (Monterose) 5:30
2. Violets For Your Furs (Dennis, Adair) 2:47
3. Green Street Scene (Monterose) 6:18
4. Chafic (Monterose) 5:14
5. You Know That (Monterose) 5:44
6. I Remember Clifford (Golson) 5:38
7. Short Bridge (Monterose) 6:36

Tommy Flanagan - p
Jimmy Garrison - b
Pete La Roca - dr

Favorite Track:  Violets For Your Furs
Favorite Solo:  Jimmy Garrison's unaccompanied bowed solo on You Know That

Check out J.R. Monterose albums here!

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