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SWR Big Band, Magnus Lindgren & John Beasley - Bird Lives (2021)

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SWR Big Band, Magnus Lindgren & John Beasley - Bird Lives (2021)

SWR Big Band, Magnus Lindgren & John Beasley - Bird Lives (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 346 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 123 Mb | Digital booklet | 00:51:21
Jazz, Big Band | Label: ACT Music

On the occasion of Charlie Parker's 100th birthday in 2020, “Bird Lives” opens, produces and records a new, orchestral view of his music. Played by one of the best big bands in Europe, arranged by Magnus Lindgren and John Beasley and with a squad of top-class guests, some of whom have received Grammy Awards, such as Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Miguel Zenon, Tia Fuller and many more.

John Beasley - MONK'estra, Vol. 2 (2017)

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John Beasley - MONK'estra, Vol. 2 (2017)

John Beasley - MONK'estra, Vol. 2 (2017)
XLD Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) | 00:58:20 | 350 Mb
Jazz, Big Band | Label: Mack Avenue Records

If one were to have access to a time machine and could go back to see legendary bandleader Thelonious Monk in concert during the 1950s and ‘60s, you’d likely see him so compelled by the music that he would retreat from his piano mid-performance and conduct his band, no matter how small or large, through an impassioned dance. But behind the joyous dance that overtook the stage lay the societal struggles a jazz musician endured to present that 90 minutes of musical freedom – a tale of police harassment, systemic oppression and constant battles for equality. Fast forward to 2017 and composer-arranger-pianist John Beasley is using Monk’s spontaneous movements and experiences as the basis for conducting radically reconceived versions of the late composer’s music for his critically acclaimed big band project: MONK’estra.

John Beasley- MONK’estra Plays John Beasley (2020)

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John Beasley- MONK’estra Plays John Beasley (2020)

John Beasley- MONK’estra Plays John Beasley (2020)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 420 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 157 Mb | 01:08:23
Mainstream Jazz, Bop | Label: Mack Avenue Records

Over the course of two albums, bandleader/composer/arranger John Beasley has reimagined Thelonious Monk’s iconic compositions through his inventive, versatile MONK’estra­ – a big band able to deftly navigate the legend’s eccentricities from a variety of perspectives, from boisterous swing to raucous funk to Afro-Cuban explosiveness. MONK’estra, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 each garnered a pair of GRAMMY® Award nominations, alongside widespread critical acclaim. Beasley veers off in new directions on his stunning third album in the series, MONK’estra Plays John Beasley. As the title implies, this time out the band shifts focus to its fearless leader’s own estimable compositions and piano playing, alongside a quartet of Monk classics and a tune apiece by Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.

John Beasley - Hear and Now: The Best of John Beasley on Resonance (2020)

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John Beasley - Hear and Now: The Best of John Beasley on Resonance (2020)

John Beasley - Hear and Now: The Best of John Beasley on Resonance (2020)
FLAC tracks | 01:17:18 | 450 Mb
Genre: Jazz / Label: Resonance Records

This is a wonderful overview of pianist composer arranger John Beasley's work on the Resonance label drawn from the albums Letter to Herbie and Positootly! Beasley is joined by among others Christian McBride, the late Roy Hargrove, Bennie Maupin, Jeff ‘Tain” Watts and Brian Lynch. There's a great imagination at work here and Beasley manages to capture a sense of the jazz past while maintaining a steady gaze on producing a sound that relates to the jazz of today. The arranging is beautifully executed and familiar favourites such as 'Dindi' sound new. If you are unfamiliar with Beasley this is the perfect compilation to jump up to speed.