REVIEW: John Beasley, ‘MONK’estra Plays John Beasley’ (Mack Avenue)

The first two releases from pianist John Beasley’s MONK’estra were all about affirming the continued vitality of compositions by the powerhouse big band’s namesake, as they offered fresh arrangements of Monk gems replete with unexpected turns and inspired soloing. The third time’s a charmer of a different breed, a beefy collection of tunes that has

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