Always know monk
A new light shed on monk’s repertoire
Since their first interpretations between the 40’s and 60’s, Thelonous Monk’s composition have never stopped fascinating and inspiring jazz musicians of all genres and all generations.
Born from this fascination, Always Know Monk is a kaleidoscopic variation of the composer’s repertoire, as seen through the lense of its numerous interpretations, from Bud Powell to Alexander Von Schlippenbach, and Steve Lacy to Paul Motian.
The music pieces are treated like puzzle pieces, completing each other and connecting via the « monkisms » that are omnipresent in them. Always Know Monk is both a respectful tribute and a mischievous appropriation of Monk’s legacy.
For this first project as a leader, Yves Marcotte has chosen young musicians and close friends that can render Monk’s music’s inherent vitality and playfulness, while proposing a creative and personal approach.
Yves Marcotte • bass, arrangement
Shems Bendali • trumpet, fluegelhorn
Zacharie Canut • alto and tenor saxophones
Nathan Vandenbulcke • drums, percussions
"Always know monk"
Recorded in one day in december 2016, the group’s debut album is a first milestone in the life of a band, the birth of a sound, a common sense of groove and music. The group’s effort crystallizes on arrangements that are both demanding and open to what’s happening in the moment.
Most of the tune played here, such as Shuffle Boil, Introspection and Gallop’s Gallop are some of the less played of Monk’s tunes, and those who are well known (like Criss Cross and Pannonica) appear here in slightly different forms.
The album was recorded and mixed by Benoît Corboz at Studio du Flon (Lausanne) and mastered by Emil Spanyi (LDF Studios Paris). The artwork is by Renan Richard-Kobel.