Danilo Perez: Evidence and Four in One
Evidence and Four In One
Danilo Perez (piano)
Panamonk (GRP 11902)
Composed by Thelonious Monk.
Recorded: Power Station. NYC. January, 1996
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Monk's music can make a person uncomfortable. Even with the most basic blues forms, his off-kilter phrasing had that “patting my head while rubbing my tummy” kind of thing going on. Ugly beauty indeed! Danilo Perez takes the role of “stunt pianist” here, playing “Evidence” with the left hand, and “Four In One” with the right. Cynics might scoff at such a trick, yet the results are anything but gimmicky. With the center section swinging like mad on the double-composition hybrid, Perez cleanly illuminates the brilliance of Monk's music.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski