Thelonious Monk: Bright Mississippi
Thelonious Monk (piano)
Live at the Jazz Workshop – Complete (Columbia/Legacy C2K 65189)
Recorded: San Francisco, November 4, 1964
Rating: 91/100 (learn more)
One of the most fun tunes Monk wrote, “Bright Mississippi” is based on the melody and chord changes of “Sweet Georgia Brown.” The eight-minute version Monk’s quartet recorded at San Francisco’s Jazz Workshop is an upbeat romp. Charlie Rouse, an underrated saxophonist who lived in Monk’s shadow, casts out a terrific, weaving solo before Monk gives up his own, smartly using both space and contrast. Larry Gales musters a long bass solo that never grows tiring, and Ben Riley brings it home with a drum solo that plays off Gales’s plucking. Nightclub jazz at its finest.
Reviewer: Steve Greenlee
Tags: 1960s jazz