Bill O’Connell: Monk’s Cha Cha

Pianist Bill O’Connell goes deep on this rich solo concert album that mixes his own compositions with some rich and ebullient interpretations. The title track is a fittingly quirky and fun tribute to the famed composer, while hints of Eric Satie pop up on “Hither Hills,”  he rumbles percussively on “White Caps” and delivers a playful chase scene on ”Gibberish.” He is patient and graceful on is read of “It Could Happen to  You,” thoughtful and rich on “This Song is You” and has a textured flow to the sensuous “Dindi.”  Impressive and impressionistic.

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