For Terry Adams, “Talk Thelonious” is the culmination of almost 50 years of admiration of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Recorded live at the Flynn Space in Burlington, Vt., the 12-track, 52-platter features Adams and his NRBQ mates performing a series of Monk classics.
“There’s an air about Monk’s music that I feel should go beyond the written parts,” Adams notes. “You can hear it on his performances even when he’s not playing. Some people don’t approach it that way. The music is in a special place and the performer of it should be, too.”
Adams & Co. pay tribute to Monk, who passed away in 1982 at age 64, with captivating arrangements of “Reflections,” “In Walked Bud,” “Monk’s Mood,” “Think of One,” “Ask Me Now,” Straight, No Chaser” and a studio recording of “Ruby, My Dear.” This one’s an essential addition to the collection of jazz fans everywhere. (Jeffrey Sisk)