PIERRICK PÉDRON

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS -

Ku­bic’s Monk ACT ★★★ Some 60 years af­ter it was writ­ten, the mu­sic of pi­anist Th­elo­nious Monk con­tin­ues to baf­fle and be­guile. With its idio­syn­cratic har­monies and lop­sided grooves, Monk’s mu­sic is re­garded as one of the sternest tests of the im­pro­viser’s art, and has pro­vided suc­ces­sive gen­er­a­tions with a link be­tween be-bop and the avant-garde. Here, French alto sax­o­phon­ist Pierrick Pédron fol­lows up last year’s eclec­ti­cally bril­liant

Cheer­lead­ers with a much more hard­core jazz al­bum of noth­ing but Monk. With no pi­ano for har­monic ref­er­ence – just Thomas Bramerie’s bass and Franck Agul­hon’s drums, and trum­peter Ambrose Ak­in­musire con­tribut­ing on three tracks – Pédron proves him­self an able in­ter­preter of Skippy, We See and Ev­i­dence. All are ad­mirably brief, con­densed bursts of en­ergy, full of the sort of spon­tane­ity and wit of which Monk would ap­prove. act­mu­sic.com COR­MAC LARKIN

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