brother thelonious quartet
2010

helen sung . piano
alan hampton . bass
ambrose akinmusire . trumpet
wayne escoffery . saxophone
james alsanders . drums

gretchen parlato . voice

 

Brother Thelonious
ugly beauty
gretchen parlato . voice
ambrose akinmusire . trumpet
helen sung . piano


“A breath of fresh air... some serious listening I would stop to hear at the drop of a drum stick.” — Ron Carter

The highlight of the disc might be the closing track, Monk's "Ugly Beauty" a duo between the trumpet and piano, with the additional of vocals by Parlato. Akinmusire's spoken trumpet part urges on the Sung's piano, whispering kisses on Parlato's seductive vocals. All quite beautiful. — Mark Corroto, All About Jazz