Monk’s genius was reflected through his brilliant performances, his moods and emotions, but most of all in his timeless compositions. A master of musical structure and perfectly placed notes, his work influenced a generation of composers. By adding just the right colors and textures ‘Melodious Monk’ becomes a musical canvas that portrays an old master in a new light.
Kim Pensyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer, arranger, and producer who has twice been named one of Billboard’s Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. A pianist and trumpeter, he has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart. He has recorded with jazz legends such as Toots Thielemans, and modern greats like Joey Calderazzo, Bob Mintzer, Chiele Minucci, Andy Narell, Will Kennedy, Steve Rodby, and Alex Acuna.
Pianist Phil DeGreg’s versatility has led to professional performances with dozens of internationally recognized jazz artists, as well as leading and recording with his own groups. Phil DeGreg has released nine recordings as a leader and has been recorded as a sideman on many other jazz projects.
‘…performances are relaxed and comfortable, and as a group, they show respect for Monk’s magnificent melodies; never attempting to make Monk’s music something it is not. As tribute outings go, this one is very nice.’
-George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon