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Which Monk Tune Is Most Fun To Play?

Glee spilled from Anthony Coleman’s fingers last night as he and his trio skipped around “Played Twice” the Undead Jazz Fest’s Littlefield hit. Terry Adams once told me that it’s silly to play anything that’s not fun. Marc Ribot recently told me that “fun is the only impulse I trust.” Elliott Sharp and Matt Wilson also had a blast bouncing through the master’s book. Which Thelonious tune brings out the giddy side of you? The question isn’t for musicians only. Record-spinning fans can answer, too. One of mine is “Coming On the Hudson.” Take it away…


Here’s “Played Twice” – Team Coleman played it much quicker.

Sixth Great Moment of Last Night’s Undead Jazz Fest

You’ve seen the top five great moments of last night Undeadathon? Here’s the lagniappe:

6. Ceramic Dog Takes Five, Ten, Fifteen, Twenty on Brubeck.

Marc Ribot, Ches Smith, and Shahzad Ismaily were concluding some kind of gleeful shit storm, and out of the blue Paul Desmond’s famed riffs fell like a rock slide from the guitarist’s fretboard. There’s wasn’t too much nudge and wink in the air; yes they were slapping around “Take Five,” but they were kissing it, too. By the time it started to sound like an outtake from After Bathing At Baxters, you knew it was going to be a strong set for the threesome.