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Monkadelphia: Monkadelphia

The cover for this record makes the hippest reference to an earlier album design in memory: It features a red wagon with the skyline of Philadelphia in it-remember Monk’s Music?. The program is weighted toward unobvious Monk tunes, which provides further evidence of the intelligence of Monkadelphia’s approach.

It’s great to hear vibes on these tunes: When Tony Micelli’s notes hang in air to create a flavor of Monkish dissonance, the effect is delicious. Pianist Tom Lawton manages to evoke the master’s voice without being imitative-no mean feat-and tenorman Chris Farr is a good soloist who listens well to what is going on around him.

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