Listen to “T.S. Monk Two Continents One Groove part 1/2” on Spreaker.
Listen to “T.S. Monk Two Continents One Groove part 2/2” on Spreaker.
T.S. Monk /drums/percussion
Helen Sung /piano
Willie Williams /tenor sax
Patience Higgins /alto sax
Josh Evans /trumpet
Kenny Davis /bass
Dave Stryker /guitar
The T.S. Monk Sextet’s highly anticipated live album with seven songs is characterized by the steady pulse and groove that the world has come to know and love as the “T.S. Monk Sextet Sound”.
Two Continents One Groove is out now on Storyville Records.
Monk, also known as “Toot”, leads his sextet with an innovative and dynamic approach. Since 1992, the drummer has worked exclusively with his co-players, making the sound of the sextet incredibly tight. When they roll out their arsenal, they soar and swing, and are indeed exciting to hear. In that regard, it might be quite surprising to learn that this is Monk’s very first live album!
“This is my first live recording, ever! It’s daunting and an uncertain kind
of product. Most live albums aren’t that good. I’ve been lucky to always
have great people working with me.”
Cat. #: 1018530
Format: Digital & CD
The seven songs on the album are taken from two performances at two similar jazz rooms over a two-year period; three are from “Harlem’s Jazz Shrines Festival: Jazzmobile presents Minton’s Playhouse” at Ginny’s Supper Club on May 7, 2014, while others were recorded at Marians Jazzroom in Bern, Switzerland on April 24, 2016.
Drummer, percussionist, composer, producer and bandleader, T. S. Monk has taken his place in the pantheon of jazz royalty, to which he was born. The swing is DNA inherited and absorbed in this master drummer’s persona.
Monk’s sextet consists of some of the best jazz musicians in the business, each bringing something special to the table. Willie Williams on tenor saxophone is the original member of the sextet, who came up under the tutelage of Grover Washington, Jr. Additionally, we have the Chicago native, Kenny Davis on bass, who has worked with notables such as Cassandra Wilson and Kevin Eubanks, trumpeter Josh Evans, multi-reedist Patience Higgins, guitarist Dave Stryker and pianist and composer Helen Sung, a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow.
Two Continents One Groove is a masterpiece, so follow him to a new
promised land. As he states:
“If there’s one thing this album is, it’s swingin’! I hope you agree.”
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