Plays For Monk
(Origin Records)


Young people looking to discover one of the architects of 20th century jazz, Thelonious Monk, should take a listen to the 2009 CD from jazz guitarist Bobby Broom. Commenting on his latest trio CD Bobby Broom Plays For Monk, the Chicago based guitarist adds, ‘In many ways, Monk personifies all that attracted and continues to satisfy me in my love affair with jazz music. Thelonious Monk, for me, is a prime example of jazz’s expressionistic depth and it seems fitting and natural that I should deal with the musical subject matter in Plays For Monk.’ The third in a trilogy of albums recorded for the Origin imprint, Plays For Monk finds Broom in trio form backed up by Dennis Carroll (bass) and Kobie Watkins (drums). The follow up to his 2007 Song And Dance album and The Way I Play (2008), Plays For Monk delves deep in the rich jazz resources of the Monk songbook. One of the most respected names on the current jazz scene, Broom has worked with jazz giants including Sonny Rollins, Kenny Burrell and Dr. John. Liner notes by guitar maven Dan Forte sheds further light on Broom’s life long affinity with Monk and the top jazz legends from his era and beyond. Recording the music of Monk for instrumental jazz trio, with guitar as the main instrument, is a great challenge that Broom has successfully attained on Plays For Monk. Plays For Monk is a modern jazz CD classic that will surely bring Broom’s name further into focus with jazz fans, young and old alike.


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