Bobby Broom Plays for Monk

(Bobby Broom’s) trio can be compared with Sonny Rollins’ and the classic John Coltrane Quartet. – JazzTimes

Bobby Broom Plays for Monk

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Bobby on “Bobby Broom Plays for Monk”

10313560_10152125698527543_1384502370673977875_n“I conceived of and adapted Monk’s music for my trio as a kind of personal challenge.  I never suspected that the record would achieve the wide response that it did.  It’s as though this record legitimized me as a jazz artist.”

Hear more from Bobby in the video about the album…


About the Album

monksmusicMaster guitarist Bobby Broom pays tribute to one of the most important voices in Jazz with a set of Thelonious Monk compositions and standards which Monk recorded for Riverside Records.

This 2009 album, received a 4-star DownBeat magazine review for its “daring arrangements”(Jazz Times). It hit the #1 and #2 spots for national jazz airplay on the JazzWeek and College Music Journal charts respectively.


Bobby’s trio features two of Chicago’s top Jazz artists,
bassist Dennis Carroll, and drummer Kobie Watkins.
denniscarrollCarroll Watkins

The Charts

Where did this album peak on the charts?
JazzWeekNo.2 CMJ.No.1


What the Critics Say “The 2009 recording from his longstanding guitar trio, Plays for Monk (Origin) is an important interpretation of those great compositions rendered soulfully and thoughtfully through an instrument Monk did not employ.” – R.J. DELUKE, AllAboutJazz


AllMusic “[A] warm and wonderful tribute to one of America’s finest composers” – Rick Anderson, AllMusic


ChicagoJazzMagazine“Bobby Broom Plays for Monk does not disappoint. This is exactly the disc that anyone in the know would expect it to be: excellent playing, effective arrangements and great soloing on some of the best tunes ever written.” – Paul Abella, Chicago Jazz Magazine


What the Fans Say

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Album & Tracks

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