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