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Don Pullen

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This wonderful, irreverent, far out album celebrates the music of Thelonious Monk together with two Pullen originals in the Monk vein.

Pianist Don Pullen first got noticed in the mid-sixties when he made the acquaintance of Muhal Richard Abrams and other musicians involved in the avant garde scene. Word about his talents got around and in 1973 Charles Mingus invited him to join the band. Pullen stayed with Mingus for several years then he and saxophonist George Adams left Mingus and formed a new band which lasted from 1979 to 1988, cementing Don's ever increasing reputation around the world.

His style was described as "Zipping and unzipping the piano". Not an exaggeration on this brilliant solo recital!

Tracklisting

  1. Well You Needn't
  2. 'Round Midnight
  3. Monkin' Around
  4. Trinkle Tinkle
  5. Gratitude
  6. In Walked Bud
  7. Gratitude (alternate take) 
  8. In Walked Bud (alternate take)


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