Title: PanaMonk
Artist: Danilo Perez


Composer: Danilo Perez
Publisher: Pueblo Nuevo Perez Music
CD: PanaMonk
Label: Impulse!
(c) and (p) 1996 GRP Records, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Recording Date: January 3 & 4, 1996
Personnel: Danilo Perez, piano; Avishai Cohen, bass; Terri Lyne Carrington, drums
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Title: PanaMonk
Artist: Danilo Perez
Type of Tune: modern straight ahead
Tempo: 240 BPR (beats per minute)
Key: Bb
Form: A A prime (each A section is comprised of shorter passages repeated in a rotating order)
Devices: three-beat pattern against 4/4 time, dramatic rhythmic shifts, dramatic starts and stops
Scales: blues, pentatonic, mixolydian; derivative of major and melodic minor; diminished
Recurring Patterns: short phrases which reoccur in the beginning of the tune
Developmental Techniques: unusual structure in which short two or four measure patterns reoccur in a rotating order

General Comments:

PanaMonk is a sophisticated modern straight-ahead piece. It highlights a style of complicated composition, harmonically advanced improvisation, and aggressive feel that has been popular amongst many of today’s young jazz musicans since the early 1990s. Other tunes on this recording, such as Bright Mississippi and Hot Bean Strut, exemplify Panamanian born Danilo Perez’s highly original manner of combining Latin musical conventions with modern straight-ahead jazz. All the compositions on this disc were written or inspired by bop pianist Thelonious Monk, one of the most influential musicians in jazz history.