Collector: Thelonious Monk, Ingrid Laubrock & Mary Halvorson, Evan Parker & Han-earl Park

On the occasional day, Collector will present three disparate but artistically worthwhile digital artifacts from the worlds of music, performance, and art.

Today, we have a jazz themed edition for you.

Thelonious Monk “Live in Norway & Denmark” 1966

A great sounding and looking document from 1966. The incomparable Thelonious Monk on piano with Ben Riley (drums), Larry Gales (bass), and 
Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone). The video shows two taped concerts where “Lulu’s Back In Town” gets two versions alongside classics, “Blue Monk,” “’Round Midnight,” “Don’t Blame Me,” and “Epistrophy.”

Ingrid Laubrock & Mary Halvorson

Jumping to the contemporary, tenor saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock and guitarist Mary Halvorson perform an incredible duo set, shifting moods, rhythms, and textures with ease. A wonderful merging of two masters from 2013.

Evan Parker & Han-earl Park

I had the pleasure of performing in a duo with Han-earl Park a few years back. It was shortly after I received my double-neck 16-string guitar from Jeffrey Schreckengost. At the time, I was quietly renouncing the very free territories of free improvisation in favor of more melodic material — my head was closer to Gesualdo than, well, let’s say Evan Parker. Anyway, interests leave and return and right now, I’m really feeling this duo set from lengendary saxophonist Evan Parker and guitarist Han-earl Park. Towards the end of the set, the duo is joined by the amazing cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpet trailblazer Peter Evans. Enjoy!