Peter Sommer: 'Round Midnight
Peter Sommer (tenor sax)
Crossroads (Capri Records Capri 74090 2)
Peter Sommer (tenor sax),
Eric Gunnison (piano), Ken Walker (bass), Todd Reid (drums).
Composed by Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams & Bernhard Henighen.
Recorded: Wheatridge, Colorado, February 19, 2006
Rating: 88/100 (learn more)
Thelonious Monk's compositions have that deceptive, "Hey, that's easy" quality that can cause problems for the interpreter. What might seem like a simple blues is later revealed to have much more depth and harmonic possibility. This can make a cover attempt fall flat as it becomes obvious that all angles had not been considered. It's obvious, though, that Peter Sommer "gets" Monk. His sax runs (covering both the head and solo space) manage to retain an easy swing feel while more and more of the tune's structure is explored. Extra points must be given to pianist Eric Gunnison for providing some wide-open harmonic structures, guideposts that Sommer uses to great advantage.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski