Josef Woodard
January 23, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Thelonious Fred Hersch Plays Monk

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Fred Hersch, Thelonius Monk
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

THELONIOUS Fred Hersch Plays Monk (Nonesuch) Who would have thought that yet another tribute album to the late great jazz innovator Thelonious Monk could uncover new ground? Leave it to Hersch, one of the most prolific and thoughtful players around. Going solo, Hersch analyzes, revises, and refreshes Monk tunes, finding new windows of expression in ”Round Midnight,” ”Think of One,” and ”Evidence” and achieving a unique, eerie poise on ”Five Views of Misterioso.” A-

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