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Joey Alexander: Joey.Monk.Live! (Motéma)

Thomas Conrad's review of new album by piano prodigy playing the compositions of Thelonious Monk

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Cover of Joey Alexander's "Joey.Monk.Live!"
Cover of Joey Alexander’s “Joey.Monk.Live!”

By now Joey Alexander’s story is well known. He was born in Bali in 2003 and recorded his first album when he was 11. Since his relocation to the United States with his parents in 2014, he has been featured on major television programs (60 Minutes, The Today Show), toured the world and become the youngest jazz musician ever nominated for a Grammy.

Joey.Monk.Live! is his third recording, in a digital-only release. Our culture’s 24-hour news cycle creates a risk that Alexander could become yesterday’s headline. But his talent is still extraordinary. It may even be unprecedented. Wynton Marsalis believes that “there has never been anyone … who could play like that at his age.” Alexander’s domination of the piano keyboard is all but absolute, and his young mind teems with startling ideas.

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