Grachan Moncur III – Evolution

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The trombonist Grachan Monchur is relatively unknown to the general jazz public but in the ’60s, he made a series of important progressive albums for Blue Note ususally in the company of altoist Jackie McLean and vibist Bobby Hutcherson. This newly remastered CD in 24 bit is a god-send. It was Moncur’s very first release and besides McLean and Hutcherson, he is abetted by bassist Bob Cranshaw, trumpeter Lee Morgan and a very young 17 yr old drummer who would achieve fame in the Miles Davis Quintet, Tony Williams. The tunes are not your normal Be-bop staple but in a more progressive stance such as the title tune of the album which is practically all in whole tones. Of course, after having served a tenure in the Farmer-Golson Jazztet, Monchur can also swing with the modal/boppist “Coaster” and also a tribute to Thelonius Monk, “Monk in Wonderland”. Anyone intrigued by Moncur’s compositions should also check the albums he did with Jackie McLean, “One Step Beyond”, “Destination Out”, “Bout Soul plus his last album featuring Wayne Shorter & Herbie Hancock, “Some Other Stuff”. Recommended for all those interested in modal-free form jazz.

Tracklist

01. Air Raid
02. Evolution
03. The Coaster
04. Monk In Wonderland

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