228: “Misterioso” by Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra, Steve Lacy

Brown rice.Anthony Brown has harnessed some rice power and fueled a Thelonious Monk cover machine into a frothy tempest on Monk’s Moods (2002). He calls his league of musical assassins, Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra.

“Misterioso” is my favorite Monk tune, and these guys bring it with sauce (see links below).

MOG mistakenly attributes the Asian American Orchestra performance exclusively to Steve Lacy, soprano saxophonist, who is featured on Monk’s Moods, but who also put out his own cover of “Misterioso” in 1985. Steve’s solo version is available in the YouTube video below.


Song: Misterioso

Artist: Anthony Brown’s Asian American Orchestra
Album: Monk’s Moods
Label: Water Baby
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Listen: MOG | Spotify

Artist: Steve Lacy
Album: Only Monk
Label: Soul Note
Buy from: Amazon | iTunes
Watch: YouTube