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All Is Know

Artist: Tony Kofi

Date of Release: 01/01/2000

Catalogue no: 434

Label: Specific Jazz

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Track Listing

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Title

Duration

1

 

Boo Boo's Birthday

2

 

Ugly Beauty

3

 

Trinkle Tinkle

4

 

Ruby My Dear

5

 

Brilliant Corners

6

 

Comin' On The Hudson

7

 

We See

8

 

Crepuscule With Nellie

9

 

Teo

10

 

Misterioso

11

 

Gallop's Gallop

12

 

Light Blue

13

 

Think Of One

14

 

Monk's Mood

 

 

 

 

This is the debut album as leader from one of the UK's hottest jazz properties - saxophonist Tony Kofi. Kofi's rise through the ranks has been one of the greatest stories in the UK's jazz scene over the last 10 years. Starting out as part of the legendary Jazz Warriors, Tony Kofi went on to work with nearly every important band on the UK scene throughout the 90s, from the acid jazz of Lonnie Smith and US3 to the searching bands of Brandford Marsalis, Julian Arguelles and David Murray. This album (also the first release on Proper's new imprint SPECIFIC JAZZ) is the culmination of 5 years' study by Tony and the musicians associated with his Monk Liberation Front project, and heralds the arrival of this great talent as a bandleader, fully formed as a soloist and with a real A-Team rhythm section behind him (Jonathan Gee, Piano; Winston Clifford, drums; Ben Hazelton, bass plus Orphy Robinson, vibes). The musicians take the familiar, and not-so-familiar, themes of Thelonious Monk, giving them a true contemporary feel while never losing sight of the tradition they represent. This album is going to attract attention from all areas of the jazz world.

The long-awaited album from one of the UK's top players tells it like it is, as his quartet plus guests, interpret the songs of Thelonious Monk for the 21st century.

 

Reviews

 

01/01/2000 The Guardian

'Jazz as a living art form'

 

01/01/2000 JOHN FORDHAM, JazzUK

'IN THE DYNAMIC new Thelonious Monk celebration [Tony Kofi] conceived with pianist Jonathan Gee, Kofi resoundingly proves that the jazz past and the present are inseparable. Today, Tony Kofi is involved in one of the most talked-about British jazz ventures of recent years... An album devoted to this bold reinvention of Monk's music is due from Proper Records, making its first departure from distribution. The music is no respectful repolishing of an inimitable giant's legacy either, but fuelled both by devotion and independent reappraisal...' -

 

01/01/2000 MIKE CHADWICK, THE CUTTING EDGE, JazzFM

'FABULOUS MUSIC from the Tony Kofi Quartet, the album is called All Is Know and Plays Monk - of course, the music of Thelonious Monk… The album is released on Specific Records, a new label set up by Proper Distribution, focusing and showcasing British jazz and British talent. Tony Kofi, one of the most positive people you could hope to meet... lovely, lovely geezer. And I wish him well with the album. Great, great record...'

 

01/01/2000  TONY HALL, Jazzwise

'IN NO WAY is this just another alto and rhythm section CD. The group "feel" is exceptional. [Kofi says:] "Jonathan and I have had this empathy since we first started playing together, really listening to each other and allowing each person to have their say. But Winston and Ben had such a great spiritual vibe on the album, their mastery and approach is so apparent..." There is so much respect in jazz circles for Tony Kofi. Now at long last, we can hear him on record…'

 

01/01/2000 NICK LEA, Editor-in-Chief, www.jazzviews.co.uk

'I WOULD URGE YOU to investigate the debut album from saxophonist, Tony Kofi Quartet Plays Monk: All Is Know (released on Specific Jazz). Ample proof, if proof be needed, that good contemporary modern jazz can be found alive and well in a programme that features compositions from that "bygone era" by a master composer, whilst sounding completely of today; played with vigour and enthusiasm by musicians with a total respect for the tradition, the music and each other...'

 

01/01/2000 JACK KENNY, CD Reviews, www.jazzviews.co.uk

'MAKE NO MISTAKE, this is a great record. These people are not just saturated in Monk; they use him as a springboard for their own statements... energetic jazz capturing the rawness, the capriciousness and angularity of Monk... The time shifts are managed with skill and passion... There are so many delights on this CD. It is UK jazz at its best and it uses some of the best compositions in the whole of the jazz repertory...'

 

01/01/2000 CEDRIC PORTER, Editor, Pulse, South London Press

'JAZZ MUSICIAN TONY KOFI is living up to being described as the world's most in-demand ensemble player…'

 

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