Miles Okazaki - Work - The complete compositions of Thelonious Monk, Volumes 1-6)

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The complete compositions of Thelonious Monk on solo guitar, in six volumes. This is the first time the complete Monk songbook has been recorded on a single solo instrument.

“monumental statement of devotion” – The New York Times “Best Jazz of 2018”

“an act of immersive scholarship and exhaustive scope . . . a singular achievement” – Nate Chinen, WBGO
“The first of its kind . . . engrossing” – The New York Times
“All I can say is ‘wow.'” – Ted Gioia
“seventy tunes . . . he does them justice and also turns them inside out.” – Sasha Frere-Jones, Best of 2018, Boomkat
“a heartfelt, thoughtful exercise” – David Summer, Best of 2018, Bird is the Worm
“real artistry” – NYC Jazz Record, Best of 2018 (Solo Album and Tribute categories)
“an intimate, warm, enigmatic, playful, gentle experience” – The New York Times
“balance between the personal and the reverential” – Free Jazz Collective
“a heck of a surprise” – NextBop
“jaw-dropping” – All About Jazz
“delivers an emotional charge” – Bandcamp “The Best Jazz, August 2018”
“dazzling invention” – JazzTimes
“a monumental project” – Free Jazz Blog, 2018 Top Ten List”
“heroic” – NPR, “Fresh Air”

WORK made the Best of 2018 lists by critics Giovanni Russonello (New York Times, #5), Martin Johnson (WSJ, #7), Adam Shatz (#5), Ted Gioia (no order), Peter Hum (#4), David R. Adler (#5), Mark Stryker (no order), Jim Macnie (no order), Alexander Dubovoy (#10), Dave Summer (#50), John Chacona (#1), Chris Haines (#8), Gustav Lundqvist (#1), David Menestres (#2), Mark Corroto (#6), Richard B. Kamins (#10), NPR Jazz Critics Polls (#13), editors of JazzTimes (#26), and the New York City Jazz Record “Best solo recording” (#2) and “Best Tribute” (#5).


Miles Okazaki is an American guitarist and composer based in New York City, originally from Port Townsend, Washington in the Pacific Northwest. He is a recording artist on the Pi label and author on Mel Bay Publications. His touring credits include include Steve Coleman, Kenny Barron, and John Zorn. He is a graduate of Harvard University, Manhattan School of Music, and the Juilliard School.


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Brand Miles Okazaki

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