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Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Volumes 1-6 (Miles Okazaki)

“Exhaustive” is certainly a word that comes to mind for Work. Miles Okazaki was armed only with his solo guitar when he recorded all 70 known compositions by Thelonious Monk (70 being the number included in Steve Cardenas and Don Sickler’s Thelonious Monk Fakebook). It’s an undertaking of such ambition, even Monk never got there: … Read More “Miles Okazaki: Work: The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Volumes 1-6 (Miles Okazaki)”

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Miles Okazaki: Trickster (Pi)

Miles Okazaki doesn’t have an instantly recognizable guitar sound, such as Mary Halvorson’s, and though he has strong ties to Steve Coleman, having played in his band, he isn’t an emissary from any movement, like Henry Threadgill-ian Liberty Ellman. But as the Washington-state native demonstrates on Trickster, his terrific, unfailingly enjoyable new album, he is … Read More “Miles Okazaki: Trickster (Pi)”

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