Monk's Dream (Steve Lacy album)

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Monk's Dream
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Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 7, 2000
RecordedJune 21–22, 1999
Genre Jazz
Length76:01
Label Verve
Producer Steve Lacy
Steve Lacy chronology
The Joan Miro Foundation Concert
(1999)
Monk's Dream
(2000)
Sideways
(2000)
Roswell Rudd chronology
The Unheard Herbie Nichols, Vol. 2
(1997)
Monk's Dream
(2000)
Broad Strokes
(2000)

Monk's Dream is an album by Steve Lacy and Roswell Rudd released on the Verve label in 2000. [1] [2] [3] It features performances by Lacy, Rudd, Jean-Jacques Avenel, John Betsch and Irene Aebi's vocals on two tracks.

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Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
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The AllMusic review by William Ruhlmann awarded the album 4 stars, stating: "Monk's Dream is a warm reunion of old friends, but those friends could have tried a little harder to come up with something fresh." [4]

The authors of The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings wrote: "The trombonist isn't the force of yore... even if the musical intelligence remains keen. Lacy himself is magnificent... Beautifully recorded." [5]

In a review for Jazz Times, Duck Baker commented: "Rudd seems to be on fire these days, as if he's determined to make every note and nuance count, and Lacy sounds delighted to have such an inspired front-line partner. The masterful solos are full of surprise, humor, whimsy and courageous vulnerability, and the two-horn interplay could only be achieved by players with roots that go deep into the trad tradition." [6]

C. Andrew Hovan of All About Jazz remarked: "Monk's Dream stands out as a solid entry in the discographies of both Lacy and Rudd... fans of both artists will come away with a better cognizance of two of the music's unrivaled individualists." [7]

Writing for One Final Note, David Dupont stated: "The repertoire seems safe, and the playing sounds a little safe. Lacy's playing especially sounds like a distillation of his work, Rudd displays just how well his chops were getting back into shape and bassist Jean-Jacques Avenel and drummer John Betsch are simply one of the best rhythm duos in the music. They bring a well of color, and a deeply rooted sense of groove to everything they play." [8]

Track listing

  1. "Monk's Dream" (Monk) - 7:35
  2. "The Bath" - 11:43
  3. "The Rent" - 10:45
  4. "Pannonica" (Monk) - 9:26
  5. "A Bright Pearl" - 5:55
  6. "Traces" (text by Ryōkan) - 8:03
  7. "Koko" (Ellington) - 5:21
  8. "Grey Blue" - 10:08
  9. "The Door" - 7:05
All compositions by Steve Lacy except as indicated
  • Recorded at Studios Ferber, Paris on June 21–22, 1999. Vocals recorded on August 12, 1999

Personnel

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References

  1. Verve Music Group website album entry accessed 7 January 2009
  2. Jazzlists: Steve Lacy discography accessed July 11, 2018
  3. Steve Lacy discography accessed July 11, 2018
  4. 1 2 Ruhlmann, W. Allmusic Review accessed July 1, 2011
  5. 1 2 Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008) The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th edition). Penguin. p. 858
  6. Baker, Duck (May 1, 2000). "Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd: Monk's Dream". Jazz Times. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  7. Hovan, C. Andrew (April 1, 2000). "Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd: Monk's Dream". All About Jazz. Retrieved September 19, 2022.
  8. Dupont, David (April 2004). "Roswell Rudd : Rudd Revival (Part 2)". One Final Note. Retrieved September 19, 2022.