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The Baddest Monk: This 2012 sophomore offering follows the Dancing Monk debut of the Thelonious Monk trilogy by jazz pianist Eric Reed. Having received critical acclaim for both, Reed along with his colleagues prove once again that he can illustrate the breadth of his thought on one of the most idiosyncratic jazz composers. This is an insightful and vital re-examination by a group of young players of the remarkable talent of the composer and sets a new path for those desiring to partake, understand and appreciate.

Personnel: Eric Reed – piano, Seamus Blake – tenor saxophone, Etienne Charles – trumpet, Matt Clohesy – bass, Henry Cole – drums and Jose James – vocal

Producer: Joe Fields / Savant Records

Record Date: Dubway Studios, New York City / December 5, 2011

Cover: Keiji Obata

Songs: Rhythm-A-Ning, Epistrophy, Green Chimneys, Monk’s Mood, ‘Round Midnight, Evidence, Monk Beurre Rouge, Bright Mississippi, The Baddest Monk

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