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May 2011

Greg Lewis
Organ Monk

A relative newcomer on the scene, New York B3 maven Greg Lewis demonstrates monstrous dexterity and a loosely swinging, organic chemistry with drummer Cindy Blackman on his outstanding debut as a leader. His interpretations of 14 Thelonious Monk tunes are brash—full of chops, swagger and invention—and teeming with exhilarating momentum. The interactive hookup that he and Blackman have throughout, particularly on “Trinkle Tinkle,” “Jackie-ing,” “We See,” “Work” and “Four in One,” is truly amazing. On Monk’s “Criss Cross,” the two engage in a bashing improv dialogue at the start and then settle into a groove, with Lewis’ basslines pumping away. Guitarist Ron Jackson also contributes tasty solos on a relaxed “Light Blue,” a shuffle-swing rendition of “Boo Boo’s Birthday” and a bluesy “Think of One.” Larry Young fans will definitely dig this audaciously swinging Monk tribute.

Originally published in May 2011
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