Clarence Penn Quartet
Clarence Penn plays Monk and celebrates release of new CD
On Saturday, January 17th, The Vermont Jazz Center will present drummer Clarence Penn in concert with his Quartet, "Penn Station" performing the music of Thelonious Monk. The group includes the leader with young New York heavyweights Chad Lefkowitz-Brown on saxophone, Matt Mitchell on piano and Yasushi Nakamura on bass. This working ensemble displays a telepathic level of communication, a mastery of dynamics and a remarkable degree of facility while playfully navigating challenging tunes, often in odd meters.
The quartet will feature the music of Thelonious Monk in a way listeners have never heard before. Clarence Penn has created arrangements of Monk's venerable gems that are new, fresh and adventurous, while still retaining and paying homage to Monk's indelible melodies and harmonic genius. These arrangements can be heard on the quartet's new, highly acclaimed CD: Monk, the Lost Files. Tom Wilkens of WBGO states: "The album's beauty is found in the way it unpacks the rhythmic potential inherent in Monk's compositions and infuses the band with this spirit." James Hale of Downbeat Magazine notes that these rearrangements of Monks music "reinterpret Monk as 21st century material...In the hands of Penn's quartet, Monk comes off sounding like dance music." Although purists may balk at the idea of Penn reinterpreting Monk's classic compositions, once they have heard the music, they will find Monk's melodies are treated with reverence and their essence is undiluted. In the end, the musicianship and hard-swinging, joyful performances will draw listeners to the original source material and honor Monk's deserved reputation.
Dave Douglas states:
Clarence...really cares that everyone on stage sounds as good as they can. That explains why the results are so great with the extraordinary musicians he brings into his projects. Fireworks!
Maria Schneider states:
Clarence is... an intricate and heady drummer who thinks compositionally, but uses his gut and instincts towards the end result of making something exciting, that feels alive, and is full of energy and passion.
Sponsored by Dave Snyder and Gilford Sound
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