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Monk’s Music Trio: Harmony of Odd Numbers

There are as many ways to interpret the music of Monk as there are pianists. The two passing in review here couldn’t be further apart than a Benedictine monk and the quirky, obsessive TV detective Monk.

The San Francisco-based Monk’s Music Trio, consisting of pianist Si Perkoff, bassist Frank Passantino and drummer Chuck Bernstein, takes a straightahead approach that, paradoxically, means angular and jagged in Monk’s terms. The trio generally remains faithful to Monk’s vision, but it never captures the muscular eccentricities of the great bop master.

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