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    Seven compositions by Thelonious Monk as interpreted by John Bacon, Michael McNeill, and Danny Ziemann.
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Hackensack 10:14
Light Blue 05:35


Seven compositions of Thelonious Monk, six interpreted and refracted by trio, one by solo piano.

"an enlightening exploration that is intriguing, seductive, and a display of fine musicianship." — Nicholas F. Mondello, AllAboutJazz.com (www.allaboutjazz.com/refractions-john-bacon-michael-mcneill-danny-ziemann-jazz-dimensions)

"On 'Refractions', the trio of John Bacon, Michael McNeill, and Danny Ziemann honor [Monk's] legacy by not playing it safe, but playing with joy and with an exploratory spirit." — Richard Kamins, Step Tempest (steptempest.blogspot.com/2019/10/sounds-familiar-strange-loud-quiet.html)

"…refracted in subtle and interesting ways…"— Tom Hull

1. Ugly Beauty (8:50)
2. Hackensack (10:15)
3. Light Blue (5:35)
4. Reflections (7:51)
5. Let's Cool One (9:32)
6. Monk's Mood (3:48)
7. Straight, No Chaser (9:47)

Jazz Dimensions Records

All compositions by Thelonious Monk (1917-1982).

All compositions © Thelonious Music Corp. except "Monk's Mood", © Embassy Music Corp.

Performance copyright Ⓟ 2019 by John Bacon, Michael McNeill, and Danny Ziemann


released August 1, 2019

John Bacon, drums
Michael McNeill, piano
Danny Ziemann, bass

Recorded August 23, 2017
Buffalo, NY
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Chris Jacobs
Produced by John Bacon and Michael McNeill
Executive Producer: Mike Rowe

Photos by John Bacon

Layout and design by Kelly Bucheger

More information about John Bacon at www.johnbaconjr.com
More information about Michael McNeill at www.michaelgraymcneill.com
More information about Danny Ziemann at www.dannyziemann.com

More information about Thelonious Monk can be found in Robin D. G. Kelly's biography Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009), the film Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (Charlotte Zwerin, director, 1988), and Monk's many recordings.


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