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November 2007

Sam Newsome
Monk Abstractions
Sam Newsome

Leader of the band Global Unity, Newsome here plays solo soprano saxophone, using the music of Thelonious Monk as a showcase for extended techniques. Newsome employs multiphonics—squeezing multiple notes from his horn simultaneously—fluid time, dynamic control and judicious use of space to shape a unique, highly abstract musical vocabulary. Freed from rhythmic structure and lightly embellished, Monk’s tunes are morphed into an individual statement at once familiar and alien, direct yet enigmatic.

Originally published in November 2007
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