The spartan arrangement serves to accentuate the lonely, fragile quality of Iacovone's alto. Even more haunting is when Irwin begins the handoff from Iacovone by making his trumpet weep. Both play a game of harmonic shuffleboard, getting as close to the edge of tonality without falling off.
Iacovone has stated that he wrote this song in tribute to Monk. No one can truly capture Monk's style of composing; the best one can hope for is to approximate his "mischievous" spirit. On this tune, Rocco John and his group do just that.
January 13, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: monk tribute
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