Clark Sommers

Ba(SH)

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MUSIC REVIEW BY C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

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The spirit of Thelonious Monk abounds on bassist Clark Sommers' Ba(SH). Monk's music is magnetically drawn to odd formats like this saxophone trio, sporting Geof Bradfield on reeds and Dana Hall on drums. There is no tether in this music; all participant are free in the most free sense. The recital hold together well, with Bradfield's intricate nod to Monk's "Rhythm-n-Ing" providing an example of the long arm of Monk. There are elements of Ornette Coleman's '50s and '60s music. Sommer's "Garrison" is tuneful without being tied down, Hall's shimmering cymbals filling in the blank spaces. The disc closes with Monk's "Think of One," a proper coda indeed.






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