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Harmolodic Monk

Contact – Bio – Gallery – Videos – Reviews – Gigs – Downloads “Judging from the luminous results on Harmolodic Monk, Lavelle and Pietaro have found—nay, invented—a fertile musical vein that’s ripe for exploration.” – FLORENCE WETZEL     “With each track, Lavelle and Pietaro manage to find something new to say, moving away from Monk’s viewpoint and shifting gears from the previous number(s). Primal modernism wins out on “Green Chimneys,” the gentler […]
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“Judging from the luminous results on Harmolodic Monk, Lavelle and Pietaro have found—nay, invented—a fertile musical vein that’s ripe for exploration,”  (FLORENCE WETZEL, In the work of both Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk, the dichotomy of ancient, pre-western approaches and extreme modernism live side-by-side so comfortably that one mistakes one for the other. Like the story that Ornette told of performing in a psychiatric […]
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Reviews of Harmolodic Monk (UR9953)

Harmolodic Monk By FLORENCE WETZEL, Published: August 10, 2014 “In multi-instrumentalist Matt Lavelle’s insightful blog, “That Fat Eb Feels Mahogany to Me,” he discusses a challenge shared by many jazz musicians: “With people doing more and more repertoire projects to get work and for sheer love of that artist, I have been thinking about ways to explore the relationships […]
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Harmolodic Monk (UR9953) Downloads

CD quality Apple Lossless Download — $9.99 CD quality FLAC Download — $9.99 mp3 (VBR 44.1kHz maximum quality) — $8.99 Matt Lavelle (cornet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet) John Pietaro (vibraphone, bodhrán, congas, percussion) Blue Monk Crepuscule with Nellie Epistrophy Green Chimneys In Walked Bud Let’s Cool One Light Blue Monks Mood Nutty Pannonica Round Midnight Ruby My Dear From producer Jack DeSalvo’s […]

Wonderful Harmolodic Monk Review from Croatia

Sound Guardian Review of Harmolodic Monk The title says it all! It reminds us of two jazz musicians who have marked the genre musical with innovation and distinctive authoritative work: saxophonist Ornette Coleman and pianist Thelonious Monk. While both early career met with incomprehension, even neglect, today they are celebrated as giants. Monk is one of the greatest composers in […]

Suberb Review of Harmolodic Monk in Highland Magazine

Suberb Review of Harmolodic Monk in Highland Magazine

Harmolodic Monk (UR9953) Emblematic of bebop, growing out of stride piano playing including ragtime styles, Thelonious Monk is a jazz legend, a prolific composer and improviser of the highest level. He remains, in fact, a continual source of inspiration. How do we then distinguish from the various tributes to his glory? Lavelle and Pietaro have the solution, applying Ornette Coleman’s […]

Grego Reviews Harmolodic Monk

Grego Reviews Harmolodic Monk

The music of Thelonious Monk, if anything, has taken on increasing stature as a body of compositions central to the modern jazz experience. In the period following his leaving us, we see renewed attention to his recordings and a great array of contemporary jazz musicians who perform his music regularly. Steve Lacy was a pioneer in adventurously featuring Monk’s compositions […]

HARMOLODIC MONK Review from Sandy Brown Jazz

Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro Harmolodic Monk By Howard Lawes Harmolodic Monk is an album by Matt Lavelle playing by turns cornet, flugelhorn and alto clarinet and John Pietaro on vibraphone, bodhran, congas and percussion. There are 10 tracks with a total playing time of 72 minutes. Quoting from the “Dissident Arts” website: “Harmolodic Monk” was the brainchild of noted […]

Could Become a Milestone of the Genre: Harmolodic Monk

CD Review:  By Vittorio Lo Conte Between the music of Thelonious Monk and that of Ornette Coleman there is quite a distance, yet the two musicians on this album manage to delete this gap and make a tribute to Monk different from anything done so far – and that’s saying a lot. Matt Lavelle, here on cornet, flugelhorn and alto clarinet, […]

Gina Loves Jazz on Harmolodic Monk

Harmolodic Monk Trumpet and flugelhorn artist Matt Lavelle studied with Ornette Coleman back in 2005 and subsequently took on the alto clarinet as well. The avant-garde musician who also has his own blog, teams up with John Pietaro, the vibraphonist and percussionist for an album of the music of Thelonious Monk. Both are known for their more or less radical […]

“A Must Hear For Monk Fans” – George Fendel’s Review of Harmolodic Monk

HARMOLODIC MONK (UR9953) CD Review: by George Fendel   Harmolodic Monk; Matt Lavelle, trumpet, flugelhorn and alto clarinet; and John Pietaro, vibes and percussion. Monk’s Music is interpreted with thought, creativity and a hint of mystery by this imaginative duo. It’s definitely Monk with all sorts of new shadings and colors, and it works well. Ten Monk classics are […]

Deepening the crenellations in your grey matter – Mark Tucker’s Powerful Review of Harmolodic Monk

Unlike so many past masters tributes which feature some of the subject writer’s work, then a smattering of tunes cherished by the deceased mainman, and finally cuts written by the tributees, Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro’s Harmolodic Monk is 100% Thelonius cuts stretched and refabricated by a horn player and percussionist stripping everything down to bare essentials before getting melodically […]

“like a shout to the gods” – Michael Dougherty’s Review of Harmolodic Monk

Matt Lavelle, John Pietaro: “Harmolodic Monk” (2015) CD Review Harmolodic Monk, the new CD from Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro, is an interesting jazz album taking the musical philosophy and approach of Ornette Coleman and applying it to compositions by Thelonious Monk. The results are sometimes soulful, sometimes emotional. These tracks often have a loose, exploratory feel that gets a […]


By Josh Campbell A very interesting album from Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro. The concept, and I love concept albums, is to use Monk compositions and Ornette Coleman’s harmolodic methods. Interestingly, we find John Pietraro on the vibraphone in addition to percussion leading to a unique duet. Matt Lavelle is found on his standard cornet/flugelhorn as well as alto clarinet […]

JUN 29 HARMOLODIC MONK Album Release Event Whynot Jazz Room

HARMOLODIC MONK Album Release Event Whynot Jazz Room, Sunday, July29, 7:30PM 14 Christopher St, NYC Harmolodic Monk is matt Lavelle (trumpet, alto clarinet, flugelhorn) and John Pietaro (vibes, percussion). The pair will be performing a set of selections from their Unseen Rain Records debut album, one which explores some of the greatest compositions of Thelonious Monk by way of the […]

“…an artistic work of passion.” – LA Jazz Reviews Harmonic Monk

Matt Lavelle & John Pietaro – “Harmolodic Monk” Unseen Rain Records Matt Lavelle, cornet/flugelhorn/alto clarinet; John Pietaro, vibraphone/bodhran/ congas/percussion. Here is another artistic endeavor to celebrate Thelonius Monk’s historic compositions. Right off the bat, Lavelle’s horn grabs my attention, singing “Epistrophe” with Pietaro using percussion techniques and vibraphone to support Lavelle’s solo journey. I enjoyed the simplicity of sound that […]

A new perspective on Monk is persuasive and explorative. – Doug Simpson’s HM review in Audiophile Audition.

Matt Lavelle and John Pietaro – Harmolodic Monk – Unseen Rain UR9953, 73:30 (Matt Lavelle – cornet, Flugelhorn, alto clarinet; John Pietaro – vibraphone, bodhrán, congas, percussion) Just when you think Thelonious Monk’s music couldn’t get a new spin, along comes John Pietaro and Matt Lavelle’s 73-minute, ten-track Monk tribute, Harmolodic Monk. Lavelle states he wanted to explore the musical […]

Harmolodic Monk Matt Lavelle (cornet, flugelhorn, alto clarinet) John Pietaro (vibraphone, bodhrán, congas, percussion) Blue Monk Crepuscule with Nellie Epistrophy Green Chimneys In Walked Bud Let’s Cool One Light Blue Monks Mood Nutty Pannonica Round Midnight Ruby My Dear From producer Jack DeSalvo’s Liner Notes: In the work of both Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk, the dichotomy of ancient, pre-western approaches and extreme modernism live […]


Matt Lavelle – Jack DeSalvo – Tom Cabrera Each member of SUMARI is a veteran of the US and international Jazz worlds with roots in NYC’s Downtown scene. JACK DeSALVO, hailed in THE WIRE magazine as “masterful”, joined Ronald Shannon Jackson’s Decoding Society in the 1980s and has toured the world with many artists in his own musical-spiritual journey. A […]

UNSEEN RAIN FESTIVAL April 12, ShapeShifter

  February 19, 2015To: Listings/Critics/Features From: Jazz Promo Services Press Contact: Jim Eigo,  UNSEEN RAIN FESTIVAL presents Visionary Sounds @ ShapeShifter Lab with Sumari Pat Hall’s Time Remembered Organ Group,and Harmolodic Monk Event: Unseen Rain Festival When: Sunday, April 12, 7PM–Sumari, 8PM-Pat Hall’s Time Remembered Organ Group, 9PM-Harmolodic Monk Where: ShapeShifter Lab 18 Whitwell Place, Brooklyn, NY 11215 Admission: $15. The artist-directed independent […]


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Matt Lavelle (Paterson NJ 1970), began his Music career with a High School Big Band tour of the Soviet Union in 1988, and then a 5 year period of study with Hildred Humphries, a Swing era veteran that played with Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and many others of the time. Lavelle played Trumpet during this time as a member of […]

UNSEEN RAIN is a visionary record label offering jazz and improvised music by contemporary innovators. UR is focused on high production values and recognizes the entire process surrounding a recording as art. UR recordings are available in a number of formats, High Definition FLAC, CD quality FLAC, Apple Lossless and maximum quality mp3 (320k) as well as select titles on […]

Review of Sumari from Russia

SUMARI CD Review from Russia   By Leonid Auskern   Jazz 6/14/2015  Quite recently I happened to hear all three participants of the Sumari project when I reviewed the JULIE album by the Julie Lyon Quintet. On JULIE their instrumental skill drew attention to these musicians. But it’s one thing to accompany a vocalist in the performance of standards, and quite another […]