Become a member and get exclusive access to articles, live sessions and more!
Start Your Free Trial

Miya Masaoka Trio: Monk’s Japanese Folk Song

There is little precedent in jazz expression for the ancient Japanese stringed koto, a large stationary instrument that can be plucked like a harp or finger-picked like an acoustic guitar and is perhaps the instrument most closely identified with Japanese folk music. Which is all the more reason that hearing it in the context of Thelonious Monk further documents the enormous influence of that particular 20th century genius. Monk and variations therein are the central charm of this recording.

Start Your Free Trial to Continue Reading

Become a JazzTimes member to explore our complete archive of interviews, profiles, columns, and reviews written by music's best journalists and critics.
Originally Published