Work (Complete, Volumes 1​-​6)

by Miles Okazaki

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Nick Larsen
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Nick Larsen Aside from how insanely impressive the performance is of every tune, the way Miles chose to record is brilliant. It feels exactly like sitting in a room in Brooklyn, listening to a great performer fill these compositions with personality, and very much with the spirit of Monk. Favorite track: In Walked Bud.
Loris Scirea
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Loris Scirea one of the definitive works on Monk, I should say essential. Great achievement.
Giles
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Giles A truly epic undertaking, it would seem like all that solo guitar could get tiresome but it never does, because of the fascination of the arrangements and interpretations - it's consistent but not samey. And also an important development in the idea of 'jazz standards', what can be done with them and how they can or should be treated. Plus it's great to hear all the obscure Monk tunes I'd never come across!! Favorite track: Monk's Mood.
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Locomotive 03:50
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Light Blue 02:21
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Evidence 04:21
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Monk's Point 02:50
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Shuffle Boil 04:00
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Jackie-ing 03:20
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Criss Cross 03:12
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Functional 03:27
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We See 03:01
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Sixteen 02:48
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Misterioso 02:04
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Humph 02:35
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Teo 03:48
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Hornin' In 04:07
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Raise Four 01:42
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Skippy 04:03
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Pannonica 03:24
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Think of One 05:37
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Monk's Dream 04:09
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Eronel 03:32
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Thelonious 02:40
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Four in One 05:39
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Blue Hawk 02:19
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Played Twice 02:45
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Bemsha Swing 07:12
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Bye-Ya 04:11
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Who Knows 03:40
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Blue Sphere 04:58
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Ugly Beauty 02:59
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Oska T. 04:58
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Hackensack 02:38
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Ask Me Now 05:19
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I Mean You 05:15
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Nutty 04:29
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Off Minor 03:58
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Two Timer 04:36
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Monk's Mood 06:05
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Epistrophy 02:29
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Reflections 05:49
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Brake's Sake 04:21
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Work 08:55
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Blue Monk 05:06

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The complete compositions of Thelonious Monk on solo guitar, in six volumes. This is the first time the complete Monk songbook has been recorded on a single solo instrument.

“monumental statement of devotion” – The New York Times “Best Jazz of 2018”
“an act of immersive scholarship and exhaustive scope . . . a singular achievement” – Nate Chinen, WBGO
“The first of its kind . . . engrossing” – The New York Times
“All I can say is ‘wow.'” – Ted Gioia
“seventy tunes . . . he does them justice and also turns them inside out.” – Sasha Frere-Jones, Best of 2018, Boomkat
“a heartfelt, thoughtful exercise” – David Summer, Best of 2018, Bird is the Worm
“real artistry” – NYC Jazz Record, Best of 2018 (Solo Album and Tribute categories)
“an intimate, warm, enigmatic, playful, gentle experience” – The New York Times
“balance between the personal and the reverential” – Free Jazz Collective
“a heck of a surprise” – NextBop
“jaw-dropping” – All About Jazz
“delivers an emotional charge” – Bandcamp “The Best Jazz, August 2018”
“dazzling invention” – JazzTimes
“a monumental project” – Free Jazz Blog, 2018 Top Ten List”
“heroic” – NPR, “Fresh Air”

WORK made the Best of 2018 lists by critics Giovanni Russonello (New York Times, #5), Martin Johnson (WSJ, #7), Adam Shatz (#5), Ted Gioia (no order), Peter Hum (#4), David R. Adler (#5), Mark Stryker (no order), Jim Macnie (no order), Alexander Dubovoy (#10), Dave Summer (#50), John Chacona (#1), Chris Haines (#8), Gustav Lundqvist (#1), David Menestres (#2), Mark Corroto (#6), Richard B. Kamins (#10), NPR Jazz Critics Polls (#13), editors of JazzTimes (#26), and the New York City Jazz Record “Best solo recording” (#2) and “Best Tribute” (#5).

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released August 15, 2018

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Miles Okazaki New York

Miles Okazaki is an American guitarist and composer based in New York City, originally from Port Townsend, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. He is a recording artist on the Pi label and author on Mel Bay Publications. His touring credits include include Steve Coleman, Kenny Barron, and John Zorn. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School. ... more

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