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Songs We Love No. 1: Nutty by Thelonious Monk

When we are in the shop, we often play music as we work. This is one of those ten minute songs that makes you put down your tools and get involved for a minute, trying to follow and make sense of the magic at play. Nutty is right -- Thelonious alongside Charlie Rouse, tenor sax, Nate Hygelund, bass, Paris Wright, drums, Philly Joe Jones, drums, captivate with a sense of shape shifting wonder, notes all over the non-existent, improvised page. Can you imagine having been in the crowd that night in Paris in 1969? It must have been a wild time chock full of wild personalities, creating, creating, imbibing, creating some more.

"...In addition to rollicking Quartet versions of Monk classics such as “I Mean You,” “Straight No Chaser,” and “Blue Monk,” the set also includes three stunning solo piano performances on “Don’t Blame Me,” “I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams,” and “Crepuscule With Nellie.” However, an undeniable highlight of the concert was when the veteran drummer Philly Joe Jones who was an expat living in Paris at the time comes from backstage to borrow the sticks from the 17-year-old Wright, providing a palpable spark on Monk’s “Nutty.”Blue Note Records

Love that bit about Philly Joe Jones in bold. The magic of jazz.

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