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NEW ALBUM

Thelonious Sphere Monk

MAST /\\\ - Thelonious Sphere Monk

 

Label: World Galaxy / Alpha Pup Records

Release: January 26th 2018 

MAST’s Thelonious Sphere Monk is a cosmic journey reinterpreting the great Thelonious Monk Song Book in celebration of his 100th birthday.  MAST tackles sixteen Monk compositions, including the acclaimed "Round Midnight," "Blue Monk," "Straight No Chaser," "Epistrophy" and "Well You Needn’t." As well as more obscure titles like "Misterioso," "Pannonica," "Friday The 13th" and "Bemsha Swing." MAST, aka Tim Conley, pays homage to the significant history of Thelonious Monk and his esteemed compositions while bringing them into the future using modern electronic bleeps, bloops, and beats. This is done in concert with the Low End Theory, Los Angeles beat culture Conley is a part of. Harmonious with the mystical and metaphysical hand painted cover art by Japanese artist Tokio Aoyama, each track created is a unique world unto itself and the listener travels from one musical planet to the next on the spaceship Monk.  

The sixteen track LP features a diverse cast of extraordinary musicians contributing instrumental virtuosity, which these Thelonious Monk compositions demand.  NYC tenor saxophonist Chris Speed (Tim Berne, Jim Black) is haunting on "Well You Needn’t." Chicago drummer Makaya McCraven bashes and percolates on “Nutty” and “Let’s Cool One."  As the album's lone piano protagonist, virtuoso Brian Marsella (John Zorn, Cyro Baptista) rises to the challenge and shines on "Ask Me Now," “'Round Midnight” and "Straight No Chaser."  Philly born upright bassist Jason Fraticelli (Taylor McFerrin, Mark Guiliana) is expansive with endless improvisational ideas on "Blue Monk." And don’t forget the horns! Trombonist Jonah Levine, trumpeter Dan Rosenboom (Burning Ghosts) and baritone/alto saxophonist Gavin Templeton (Nels Cline) put power into Thelonious Monk’s prodigious melodies and flourish blistering solos on "Evidence", "Bemsha Swing," "Epistrophy," "Nutty" and "Let’s Cool One."  MAST is an LA transplant via Philadelphia and a guitarist by trade. He approaches his six string leads on the album antithetically like middle-eastern influenced "Bemsha Swing," acoustically intimate "Friday the 13th," astral space fusion "Straight No Chaser" and melancholic jazz ballad "Pannonica." 


In totality, the intention of Thelonious Sphere Monk is equal parts depth and fun. The jazz purist or Thelonious Monk scholar will find each rendition to be immediately recognizable and performed at a high level, yet blossomed and opened in ways not yet imagined or sonically explored. To the unfamiliar jazz listener, the underlying layers of joyous fun, wit, and playfulness, which Thelonious Monk himself embodied, will hopefully inspire that listener to further explore the rich history of this cherished American pianist and composer. Thelonious Sphere Monk. 
 


Personnel: 
 

  • Tim Conley - Guitar, Bass, Keys, Synths, Drum Programming, Production

  • Chris Speed- Tenor Sax (track 5) 

  • Dan Rosenboom- Trumpet (tracks 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13)

  • Gavin Templeton- Alto Sax, Bari Sax (tracks 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13)

  • Jonah Levine- Trombone (tracks 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13)

  • Jason Fraticelli- Upright Bass (track 8)

  • Brian Marsella- Piano (tracks 4, 7, 11) 

  • Makaya McCraven- Drums (tracks 10, 13) 

  • Anwar Marshall- Drums (track 2) 

  • Mastering- Daddy Kev at Cosmic Zoo, Los Angeles, CA

PRESS

Mast and Anna Wise Team for Jazz-Beat Bubbler ‘Red’ Kendrick Lamar collaborator sings on L.A. producer's new 'Omni' LP
MAST "Love and War_" Downbeat Review
BBC 6 Gilles Peterson London Jazz Festival and Ninja Tune
XLR8R The Letting Go featuring Taylor McFerrin
LA Times Overrated/Underrated: A forward-looking Monk tribute, and the limited appeal of going 'Solo' Chris Barton
How Kamasi Washington Revived Jazz-Funk Jazz musicians are returning to the hybrid style, putting their own twists on the 1970s genre in records with crossover appeal. Wall St Journal
YOU'LL SOON KNOW W/ TIM PARKER, AL NATHER & ITOA MASTthe Letting Go feat Taylor McFerrin
LA Weekly How Low End Theory Inspired Jazz Musician Tim Conley's MAST Project
Resident Advisor Andrew Ryce Review MAST - Omni Alpha Pup
World Wide FM Gilles Peterson Morning Mari*’s Album of the Week, 12 – 17 Feb MAST, THELONIOUS SPHERE MONK [WORLD GALAXY / ALPHA PUP RECORDS, 2018]
NPR THE CALIFORNIA REPORT Musical Reinvention: From Breakup Anthems to the Beatles Songbook Andrew Gilbert
Pulp Lab POP CULTUREQ+A with Tim Conley, MAST /\\\ – Thelonious Sphere Monk, “Round Midnight” – FIRST LISTEN
exclaim The Night Drive feat Tim Lefevbre Josh Johnson MAST Love and War
Vinyl Factory Jazz legend Thelonious Monk reinterpreted in new MAST album Written by Gabriela Helfet
WBGO the CheckoutMulti-Instrumentalist Tim Conley, As MAST, Sails Troubled Waters with 'Love and War' By SIMON RENTNER
stereogum Ugly Beauty: The Month In Jazz – January 2018 Phil Freeman
Bandcamp Daily  MAST Meets Monk…With Electronics Phil Freeman
UPROXX Premiere: LA Multi-Instrumentalist Mast’s Thelonious Monk Cover ‘Let’s Cool One’ Is Quirky And Sarcastic  CAITLIN WHITE Makaya McCraven Jonah Levine

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