Bernstein's newest collection, an all-Monk, guitar trio date, is a bold mid-career choice. While many albums dedicated to the tunes of a single artist (especially Monk) can turn into an imitation-fest, Bernstein is too good for that – his interpretations are toned-down, soul-infused, and feature cerebral yet reachable improvisations. He sounds best on some of Monk's less-covered tunes, such as "Work," perhaps because there's a bit more room for invention there. On this track he recalls Bill Frisell during his presentation of the melody, a testament to Bernstein's success being that Frisell is perhaps the foremost purveyor of Monk's vocabulary on the guitar. During the improvisation, though, Bernstein is all Bernstein, complete with super-clean octave/chordal work and quick bursts of satisfying linear movement.
March 11, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: work
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