Frank Kimbrough Releases “Monk’s Dreams” with Rufus Reid

Frank Kimbrough: Monk's Dreams - The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk2017 marked the centennial of the influential jazz pianist Thelonious Monk’s birth. Frank Kimbrough has celebrated the occasion by releasing an incredible six-disc album called Monk’s Dreams that features performances of all 70 of the late legend’s compositions.

“The recordings form a fantastically diverse collection,” the liner notes read. “On the six-CD set, Monk’s compositions are played in various configurations, most by the quartet, but others in smaller combinations, even solo piano.”

Kimbrough enlisted the help of the fantastic rhythm section of drummer Billy Drummond and bassist Rufus Reid as well as saxophonist Scott Robinson. Reid, who literally wrote the book on jazz bass playing, offers his warm bass tone, impeccable time, and tasteful note choice to add depth to the songs. Check out his swing on “Thelonious”:

Monk’s Dreams is available now on CD and as a digital download (iTunes and Amazon MP3).

Monk’s Dreams – The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Sphere Monk Track List:

Disc 1:

  1. Thelonious
  2. Light Blue
  3. Played Twice
  4. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
  5. Ask Me Now
  6. Humph
  7. Bright Mississippi
  8. Reflections
  9. Bemsha Swing
  10. Teo
  11. Blue Sphere

Disc 2:

  1. Crepuscule with Nellie
  2. Think of One
  3. 52nd St. Theme
  4. Eronel
  5. Bluehawk
  6. Little Rootie Tootie
  7. Two Timer
  8. Ruby, My Dear
  9. Boo Boo’s Birthday
  10. San Francisco Holiday
  11. Functional
  12. I Mean You

Disc 3:

  1. Shuffle Boil
  2. Monk’s Dream
  3. Evidence
  4. Misterioso
  5. Four in One
  6. Brake’s Sake
  7. Pannonica
  8. Bye-Ya
  9. North on the Sunset
  10. Introspection
  11. We See
  12. In Walked Bud

Disc 4:

  1. Nutty
  2. Trinkle Tinkle
  3. Blues Five Spot
  4. Round Midnight
  5. Jackie-Ing
  6. Well You Needn’t
  7. Sixteen
  8. Locomotive
  9. Gallop’s Gallop
  10. Children’s Song
  11. Blue Monk
  12. Friday the 13th

Disc 5:

  1. Criss Cross
  2. Raise Four
  3. Let’s Call This
  4. Who Knows
  5. A Merrier Christmas
  6. Stuffy Turkey
  7. Monk’s Point
  8. Work
  9. Brilliant Corners
  10. Off Minor
  11. Hackensack
  12. Oska T

Disc 6:

  1. Let’s Cool One
  2. Hornin’ in
  3. Coming on the Hudson
  4. Straight No Chaser
  5. Monk’s Mood
  6. Green Chimneys
  7. Rhythm-A-Ning
  8. Ugly Beauty
  9. Skippy
  10. Something in Blue
  11. Epistrophy

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