August 1, 2010

The Groovy Moogy Scooby-Dooby (Repost)

What happens when you combine a passion for the music of Thelonious Monk with an overriding compulsion for vintage analog synths and a decidedly irreverent streak? You get something on the order of this album easily the most unusual Monk tribute album since Hal Willner's eccentric 1984 all-star project That's the Way I Feel Now.

Armed with an odd arsenal of vintage gear including theremin, vocoder, clavinet and ARP, Moog, Sequential Circuits, Synthi and Buchla synthesizers, Nashville-based producer-arranger Joe "Guido" Welsh joined forces with his longtime friend and collaborator, veteran Chicago-based jazz pianist Steve Million, to form this zany duo. Their self-produced debut recording is a rare hoot for Monk aficionados and neophytes alike. A delightful stuff to taste.



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