In 1982, very few people were aware of late pianist Herbie Nichols' name, much less playing his music. Versatile avant-garde pianist Misha Mengelberg gathered together a noteworthy group (comprised of trombonist Roswell Rudd, soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy, bassist Kent Carter, and drummer Han Bennink) to play three songs apiece by Nichols and Thelonious Monk. The musicians very much understood the composers' purposes, and on such numbers as "Monk's Mood," "Friday the 13th," "Blue Chopsticks," and "2300 Skiddoo" (the latter two had never been recorded with a group larger than a trio before), they come up with definitive treatments. Highly recommended. (Scott Yanow)
1. Blue Chopsticks
2. 2300 Skiddoo
3. Twelve Bars
4. Monk's Mood
5. Friday the 13th
Roswell Rudd (trombone); Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone); Misha Mengelberg (piano); Ken Carter (bass); Han Bennink (drums).
Recorded on June 25 and 26, 1982 at Barigozzi Studio, Milano (Italy).