by John Murph, Downbeat
Saxophonist Teodross Avery’s latest disc, Harlem Stories: The Music Of Thelonious Monk (WJ3), is both a homecoming and tribute.
Monk’s music entered Avery’s life in the 1980s, when he was a teenager. While growing up in California’s Bay Area, he was already checking out jazz through either his father’s album collection or through a local college radio program. But when Avery heard the 1963 LP Monk’s Dream, it signaled a turning point.
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