March 10, 2013
At the Whistler's Playing Favorites series, musicians pay homage to the music that resonates most with them, be it a collection of songs from one artist or an entire album.
Monk What is a project of guitarist Brian Citro of Chicago dub stars The Drastics. The group was formed to reinterpret the music of Thelonious Monk through Jamaican, African and American bass music rhythms. Monk What focuses on many of Monk’s lesser-known tunes, including early pieces like "Humph", "Off Minor" and "Hornin’ In". Steppers’, one-drop and rock-steady beats lay dope foundations for Monk’s music. Drummer Anthony Abbinanti and Bassist Chris Merrill, also from The Drastics, take a stylistically accurate but open approach to these and other rhythms. Tenor Saxophonist Nate Lepine and Trumpeter Shane Jonas complete the group, with fresh looks at Monk’s melodic and harmonic structures.