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John Beasley
MONK'estra, Vol. 2

John Beasley - MONK'estra, Vol. 2

Looking to the past for inspiration brings the music into the future for MONK’estra, Vol. 2, which masterfully applies a rich orchestral palette across an array of modern infectious rhythms, while discovering new dimensions of the classic compositions that emerge directly from their deepest jazz roots. Beyond just adapting the indelible themes of Thelonious Sphere Monk for a 16-member big band plus incomparable guest artists, these 10 songs explode into new musical experiences due to the collective unit embracing a new strain of jazz, which features diverse sounds and a broad base of influences from the entire black music canon.

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  1. 1. Brake’s Sake (Featuring Dontae Winslow)
  2. 2. Played Twice
  3. 3. Crepuscule (With Nellie)
  4. 4. Evidence
  5. 5. Ugly Beauty/Pannonica
  6. 6. I Mean You
  7. 7. Light Blue
  8. 8. Dear Ruby
  9. 9. Criss Cross
  10. 10. Work

Upcoming Tour Dates

  • Apr 08
    Amsterdam, Netherlands Maria Mendes and John Beasley with Metropole Orkest at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ
  • Apr 13
    Tilburg, Netherlands Maria Mendes, John Beasley, Jasper Somsen, Jasper Van Hulten, and 1 more… at Theaters Tilburg Schouwburg
  • Jul 03
    Matosinhos, Portugal Festival de Jazz de Matosinhos 2021
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