How pianist Joey Alexander acquired the skill to play Thelonious Monk’s perplexing music by age 14 is unclear, but indeed this document finds him meeting the challenge and more. Performing either solo, or in duo and trio format with bassist Scott Colley and drummer Willie Jones III, Alexander displays a striking technical command, authoritative rhythmic sense, and interpretive whimsy on par with the world’s top players. Whether it’s ballads (“Ugly Beauty”) or charged swing (“Evidence”), Alexander delivers with remarkable poise and consistency.

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