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Bebop - Released January 18, 2019 | Savant

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Bebop - Released December 7, 2018 | HighNote Records

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Bebop - Released December 7, 2018 | HighNote Records

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Bebop - Released December 7, 2018 | HighNote Records

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Bebop - Released April 26, 2010 | Freestyle Records

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Bebop - Released July 10, 2011 | Heavenly Sweetness

Bebop - Released August 12, 2016 | Herbie Martin Music

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Bebop - Released September 14, 2007 | LucasRecords

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Bebop - Released September 14, 2007 | LucasRecords

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Bebop - Released September 14, 2007 | LucasRecords

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Bebop - Released August 22, 2011 | Original Jazz Sound

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Bebop - Released May 23, 2011 | Tsk Music

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This is the second long-player to be taken from the same August 1958 Five Spot recordings that had yielded the similarly brilliant Thelonious in Action The quartet heard on these sets includes Monk (piano), Johnny Griffin (tenor sax), Roy Haynes (drums), and Ahmed Abdul-Malik (bass). Their overwhelming and instinctual capacities directly contribute to the powerful swingin' and cohesive sound they could continually reinvent. While these are Monk's tunes, arrangements, and band, it is Griffin who consistently liberates the performances. During "Nutty," his flurry of activity -- which adeptly incorporates several lines from "Surrey With the Fringe on Top" -- has a maniacal swing that is highlighted by some definitive counterplay from both Haynes and Monk. Additionally, the transition between Haynes and Monk is organic and seemingly psychic. "Blues Five Spot" -- a 12-bar blues homage to their current residence -- features solos from each band member. Griffin and Monk again display the seemingly innate ability to instantly recalculate chord structures as well as transmute melodies. The show-stopping solo vamp from Griffin hurls the rhythm along while simultaneously dropping in quotes from other tunes -- such as the theme for the animated Popeye cinematic shorts. Malik's brief solo, like his band interaction, is underrated yet precisely executed. The title track is given an exploratory performance. While Griffin aptly seizes the reins to blow his bop onslaught, Haynes' natural and subdued agility perfectly supports the extended tenor solo, creating some unique passages. Ironically, the one Monk solo performance, "Just a Gigolo," is the only composition not by Monk. ~ Lindsay Planer

Bebop - Released October 27, 2017 | Core Digital Media Group Inc

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Bebop - Released February 9, 1999 | Naive

Bebop - Released September 14, 2007 | LucasRecords

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Bebop - Released November 16, 2001 | HighNote Records

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Bebop - Released April 7, 2000 | HighNote Records

Woody Shaw's Live Volume One contains four previously unissued live tracks cut in 1977. These are extraordinary post bop, up-tempo pieces with plenty of improvising solo space shared between Shaw and tenor/soprano saxophonist Carter Jefferson, admirably backed up by Larry Willis on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Victor Lewis drums. Included is Joe Bonner's composition "Love Dance," Willis's "Light Valley," Lewis's "Why," and Shaw's original "Stepping Stone," none clocking in under ten minutes. Just about any Woody Shaw session stands the test of time and this HighNote live date is no exception. ~ Al Campbell
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Bebop - Released July 11, 2003 | HighNote Records

Bebop - Released January 19, 2018 | Magogo Records

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Bebop - Released November 27, 2012 | Disques BG