Friday, March 4, 2016

USA: Alex Conde "Descarga for Monk” @ Cornelia Street Cafe Thus, March 31st 8pm

"On Descarga for Monk, his ZOHO Music debut (and third recording as a leader overall), the gifted pianist-composer has his way with the high priest of bop in an adventurous all-Monk program that is teaming with the spirit of Spanish duende.  Accompanied by jazz musicians of the highest caliber, Conde draws on his own personal experiences in the rich flamenco tradition to craft a stirring set of music that pays tribute to Monk while taking great liberties with the familiar themes and rhythms of such staples as Bemsha Swing, Evidence, Monk’s Dream and others. 
“The Bay Area's role as a crucible for Latin jazz experimentation continues apace.  Spanish-born pianist Alex Conde released one of the year's most memorable projects with "Descarga For Monk" (Zoho Music), a passionate re-imagining of classic Thelonious Monk compositions through the lens of flamenco.”  Andrew Gilbert, KQED
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