Mumbling Monk

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by merlperl, Jun 19, 2017.

  1. merlperl

    merlperl Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sherman Oaks, CA
    so I've recently been getting into T Monk's solo piano works (so far Thelonious himself and Alone in San Francisco...still trying to find Monk Solo)

    Anyways as fantastic as these LPs sound on my system I keep thinking I am hearing mumbling or talking during the performances.

    Can anyone confirm or deny?

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host

    That's your stomach.
     
  3. merlperl

    merlperl Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sherman Oaks, CA
    Hmm BBQ goes with blues. Steve, what is a good gastronomic pairing with solo jazz piano?
     
  4. Lonson

    Lonson Don't get around much anymore

    Location:
    Chardon, Ohio
    Monk makes sounds as he performs. As do many other artists, including pianists such as Peterson, Powell and Jarrett. It's a neat thing (or a horrible thing, there are many who are angered or irritated by this but I'm not among them).
     
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  5. merlperl

    merlperl Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sherman Oaks, CA
    I think it's cool! I have some isolated drum tracks from some of the original Zep recording sessions. Talk about vocal!! Bonzo moans, grunts and yells as he smacks those things!!
     
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  6. Purplerocks

    Purplerocks Well-Known Member

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    IN
    I had the priviledge of being at an Elvin Jones Quintet show in the early 90's in a small theatre; we were in the balcony and his grunts while playing could at times be heard over the instrumentalists; a magic performance that my very being cherishes.
     
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  7. Archtop

    Archtop Forum Resident

    Location:
    Greater Boston
    Monk's occasional noises are not at all obtrusive or distracting. You should also add to your want list The London Collection: Volume One from November 15, 1971. There are two other volumes of trio material, but Volume One is solo piano.
     
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  8. merlperl

    merlperl Active Member Thread Starter

    Location:
    Sherman Oaks, CA
    Thanks! I will check it out...I have a couple other records by him and love them!
     
  9. Tommyboy

    Tommyboy Forum Resident

    Location:
    New York
    Erroll Garner was loud too!

    I don't mind the sounds that Monk and Powell made. For some reason, Jarrett's vocalizing or whatever he does gets underneath my skin.
     
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  10. qwerty

    qwerty Forum Resident

    And David Helfgott (classical pianist, the subject of the movie Shine).
     
  11. lightbulb

    lightbulb Forum Resident

    Location:
    Smogville CA USA
    To paraphrase John Lennon on "For You Blue",
    "Gruntin' tennis players got nuthin' on these piano playin' cats"
    :laugh:
     
  12. DJ LX

    DJ LX Forum Resident

    Location:
    Madison WI
    Or Glenn Gould, another classical pianist of note.
     
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  13. jfire

    jfire Well-Known Member

    Don't mind Monk's mumbling a bit. Jarrett, on the other hand ...
     

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