Oz Noy: Blue Monk

Track

Blue Monk

Artist

Oz Noy (guitar)

CD

Ha! (Magnatude 452308)

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Musicians:

Oz Noy (guitar),

James Genus (bass), Keith Carlock (drums)

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Composed by Thelonious Monk

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Recorded: New York, July 23, 30-31, and August 1, 2004

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Rating: 82/100 (learn more)

Jazz purists may cringe at the rock overtones, but the Hendrix influence cannot be ignored here. As with nearly all of Jimi's own recordings, this track is an improvisational showcase for long strings of notes played on Fender guitar and topped with heavy stereo effects and gain. While none of these details sounds particularly surprising on the surface, Noy has created a standalone version of the classic Monk tune that pays enough homage to the original composition that it can still be considered a cover. The divergent synthesis provides fusion credibility, and the recording works on this level.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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