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Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Misterioso Monk @ The Jazz Café – Dec 11

Graeme Wilson (tenor saxophone) & Paul Edis (piano)
(Review by Russell/Photo courtesy of Mike Tilley from a previous gig.)
The Jazz Café’s newly tuned piano awaited a night of Monk. The brethren congregated around the altar to hear some nutty crepusculian sounds courtesy of Thelonious Sphere.
The altar, dedicated to Bacchus, praise be, received the many supplicants, an evening’s cloistered contemplation in the presence of monks Wilson and Edis was upon us.
Graeme Wilson and Paul Edis were about to reprise their set of Thelonious Monk tunes first heard at the Jazz Café earlier in the year. The faithful occupied front row pews, the bacchanalian agnostics lashed themselves to the altar, they were ‘on the lash’. Monk in NYC played to the non-believers, Wilson and Edis were about to do the same. If Monk was looking down on the scene he would be smiling, shuffling to the rhythms (rhythms he gave to the world). Bright Mississippi, on the chords of Sweet Georgia Brown, began the sermon. The duo took Crepuscule with Nellie, then A Merrier Christmas and we, the brethren, received with thanks the offering. Stuffy Turkey (seasonally topical), a Trinkle Tinkle treat, a nutty Nutty, then off on a San Francisco Holiday (Worry Later said Monk) – this was something else! Masters at work, Graeme Wilson’s tenor full-toned, warm, an education for the aspiring, Edis in scintillating form, Monk’s wonderfully skewed logic, left hand stride, rooted in the rootie tootie of the blues.
The non-believers didn’t get it. They moved on. The disciples stayed on. Hornin’ In, the pensive Monk’s Mood, Four in One, the off-centre Off Minor, one after another, this put the gig up there with the best heard this year on Pink Lane. That was about it. Wilson and Edis have to do this again – TS Monk would insist upon it. Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues Are – if you have to ask, it don’t mean a thing. Just imagine, if the non-believers were able to hum a Monk tune as they made their way to the next two-bit boozer they might just turn a Brilliant Corner!
Russell.        

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