Larry Young (featuring Elvin Jones): Monk's Dream


Monk's Dream


Unity (Blue Note 4221)

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Larry Young (Khalid Yasin) (organ), Elvin Jones (drums), Woody Shaw (trumpet), Joe Henderson (tenor sax).

Composed by Thelonious Monk


Recorded: Englewood Cliffs, NJ, November 10, 1965


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The complexities of Elvin Jones's drumming style are superbly communicated throughout "Monk's Dream." He is playing many of his rapid-fire polyrhythmic runs and multilayered comping ideas honed in John Coltrane's group, yet both tempo and energy are more relaxed on this grooving Monk composition. Therefore, while it's easy for Jones's phenomenal ideas to whiz right by your ears (and brain!) throughout the intensity that was the Coltrane Quartet, many of the same ideas are presented more clearly, but no less impressively, on this second Larry Young record. On a completely different level, it's also pleasing to hear Elvin lay back and play a simple groove with an organist, his deep pocket but light touch creating a perfect foundation for Young's layering.

Reviewer: Eric Novod

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