Esbjörn Svensson Trio | Plays Monk – [Diesel Music, 2007]
Until the untimely recent death of pianist/namesake Esbjorn Svensson in a scuba diving accident, the Esbjorn Svensson Trio was known to its fans for its imaginative compositions and virtuoso execution. On this remarkable early effort, the Trio tackles the music of legendary jazz man Thelonious Monk with an alacrity that belies the difficulty of the music and manages to imbue it with a touch that makes the music their own.
I lay no claim to being an expert on Monk’s music, but I have heard most of these tunes before and can tell you that you will likely be pleasantly stunned on hearing the Trio’s renditions. Continue reading