Jack Reilly: 'Round Midnight


'Round Midnight


Jack Reilly (piano)


Pure Passion (Unichrom 9007)

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Jack Reilly (piano).

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: Beachwood, NJ, no date given (CD Released 2002)


Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

In an extraordinarily brief two minutes and 43 seconds, the master pianist, composer and somehow remarkably unheralded Jack Reilly takes this classic Thelonious Monk masterpiece and weaves his own magic, creating a truly unique and refreshing take on this well-worn classic. His decidedly classical influence on the introduction to the song elevates the listener to carefully consider his phrasing on the familiar melody that follows. Reilly’s fondness for the harmonic sensitivity of Bill Evans is apparent half way through the piece and in his very tasteful Evanesque finale. His use of tension and release is masterfully employed throughout to create a harmonic feast and gives this timeless American classic a new feel while brilliantly holding true to the original tune’s deceivingly simple yet enduring appeal.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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  • 1 Giovanni Petranich // Feb 03, 2009 at 08:55 PM
    Mr. Ralph has advanced "ears" and am happy to read this review of "Round-Midnight" by maestro Reilly. The entire cd is a masterpiece. G. Petranich Torino, Italia