• 1. Bemsha Swing 1 (03:42)
  • 2. Mysterioso (05:44)
  • 3. Evidence 1 (04:24)
  • 4. Ruby My Dear (05:30)
  • 5. Thelonious / Promenade 1 (00:38)
  • 6. Introspection (04:12)
  • 7. Blue Monk (01:58)
  • 8. Thelonious / Promenade 2 (01:21)
  • 9. Round Midnight (09:31)
  • 10. Thelonious / Promenade 3 (00:35)
  • 11. Friday The 13th (03:00)
  • 12. In Walked Bud (04:51)
  • 13. Thelonious / Promenade 4 (00:20)
  • 14. Bemsha Swing 2 (06:33)
  • 15. Thelonious / Promenade 5 (00:36)
  • 16. Epistrophy (03:36)
  • 17. Evidence 2 (03:40)
  • 18. Ask Me Now (03:43)
  • 19. Thelonious / Promenade 6 (00:11)

The Onliest - Pictures At A Monk Exhibition

Performers:

John Law - piano

A unique CD presented as a collaboration between music and art: totally original renditions of eleven classic Monk tunes with full colour reproductions of eight abstract artworks based on his music, by the artist Melanie Day. As an unusual touch, six very short, increasingly abstract versions of the tune "Thelonious" are interspersed as in the Promenade from Mussorgsky’s Pictures At An Exhibition. All the members of the Trio get a chance to show their individuality and all three play a solo tune. And the music swings!

John Law has developed into one of Europe's most adventurous pianists, his originality evident in a series of projects that has ranged from the furious quartet embroilments of Exploded on Impact (Slam) to the sombrely discursive solo Talitha Cumi (FMR). The Onliest, a Monk tribute, is arguably his best work yet, his versatility as a player confirmed by the percussive “Evidence”, and the delicate shadings of “Ask Me Now”. Better still, the disc shows Law to be an astute thinker: he reinvents “Bemsha Swing” as a round and embroiders “Ruby My Dear” with prepared piano. Fine support too from Tim Wells and Paul Clarvis.

Graham Locke Jazzwise May 1997

Images from the exhibition can be viewed here: http://www.nday.co.uk/gallery.html

Album label: 
Release date: 
19.05 / 1996
Recording date: 
20.09 / 1995
Recording location: 
Recorded at Premises Studios, London
Credits:
Artwork design : Melanie Day
Executive producer : Trevor Taylor
Mastering engineer : Dave Bernez
Mixing engineer : Andy Houston, John Law, Paul Clarvis
Producer : John Law & Paul Clavis

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