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Thelonious Moog: Moogioso

Thelonious Moog

What happens when you combine a passion for the music of Thelonious Monk with an overriding compulsion for vintage analog synths and a decidedly irreverent streak? You get something on the order of Yes We Didn’t (Grownup), easily the most unusual Monk tribute album since Hal Willner’s eccentric 1984 all-star project That’s the Way I Feel Now (A&M). (Think Wendy Carlos’ Switched On series.)

Armed with an odd arsenal of vintage gear including theremin, vocoder, clavinet and ARP, Moog, Sequential Circuits, Synthi and Buchla synthesizers, Nashville-based producer-arranger Joe “Guido” Welsh joined forces with his longtime friend and collaborator, veteran Chicago-based jazz pianist Steve Million, to form the zany duo known as Thelonious Moog. Their self-produced debut recording (available only through theloniousmoog.com) is a rare hoot for Monk aficionados and neophytes alike. “Guido’s goal as a producer was to make it fun and accessible,” says Million. “He wanted people who aren’t into jazz to be able to dig this, which I thought was a cool idea.”

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