The newly configured lineup opens this July 3rd set with the buoyantly swinging "I Mean You," a Monk gem first recorded in 1946 by Coleman Hawkins and subsequently recorded by Monk himself in 1948. Jeffrey turns in a heroic performance on tenor, wailing through the changes while nonchalantly double-timing on his urgent solo as Toot sparks the proceedings with brash energy on the kit and some jaunty ride cymbal work. Monk's playing on this upbeat number - the signature dissonant block chording, the formidable left-handed statements and mercurial right-handed lines -- is remarkably spry for someone who had essentially been in semi-retirement for three years. Ridley, a more substantial soloist than many of Monk's previous bassists, also contributes some virtuosic turns on his extended upright bass solo here, alternating between audacious double stops and nimble pizzicato work.


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