Jeff Beal Monk [Original Television Soundtrack]

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Varese Sarabande

Tracks:

  • 1.Monk Theme [Extended Version] - (with Grant Geissman / Jeff Beal)
  • 2.Miming Mr. Monk
  • 3.They're Killing Dr. Gould
  • 4.A Clean Apartment
  • 5.Finding the Pebble
  • 6.Rejection
  • 7.Trudy's Theme
  • 8.I Think I Smell Gas
  • 9.Keys in the Casket
  • 10.Lucky Guy
  • 11.Fat Suit Folly
  • 12.Monk Visits the Garage
  • 13.Counting Meters
  • 14.Monk Interrogates Gavin
  • 15.Remember Me?
  • 16.There Was a Struggle
  • 17.Monk Theme [Series Version] - (with Grant Geissman / Jeff Beal)
  • 18.Have Fun
  • 19.Pebbles and Clues
  • 20.Sharpening Pencils
  • 21.Zen Monk
  • 22.Monk's a Hero
  • 23.Love These Sneaks
  • 24.My Hero
  • 25.On the Beach
  • 26.The Final Chase
  • 27.Start the Watch
  • 28.Losing It?
  • 29.Monk Escapes
  • 30.Worried Monk
  • 31.Restaging the Murder
  • 32.Running Away
  • 33.Finding, Looking
  • 34.Back Safe at Home
  • 35.The Kiss
  • 36.Monk Theme [Pilot Version] - (with Grant Geissman / Jeff Beal)

Product Description:

Composer: Jeff Beal.
Personnel: Grant Geissman (guitar).
Audio Mixer: Jeff Beal.
Liner Note Author: Jeff Beal.
Recording information: Many Rooms Music, CA.
Monk collects the highlights of Jeff Beal's incidental music for the quirky detective series. Several of Beal's happy-go-lucky pieces are inspired by the continental jazz and swing of artists like Django Reinhardt, particularly on tracks like "Monk's Theme," and the whimsical diversity and expressiveness of likeminded soundtrack composers such as Thomas Newman pop up on pieces like "Miming Mr. Monk," "Keys in the Casket," and "Love These Sneaks." Not surprisingly for the score of a detective comedy series, many tracks, such as "They're Killing Dr. Gould" and "I Think I Smell Gas," convey a sneaky, tiptoeing atmosphere with pizzicato strings and subtle piano and woodwind motifs. Though all of Monk's pieces are brief -- with few lasting over a minute or two -- Beal's aesthetic for the score is so consistent that it gives the album an overall unity. Even more serious and dramatic pieces, like "Rejection" and "Monk Visits the Garage," tie into the rest of the score's light, restrained feel. The score's other highlights include "Trudy's Theme," a pretty, enigmatic piece with more layers and emotions in it than might be expected; the sweet but not overly sentimental "My Hero"; and "The Final Chase," the album's darkest and longest cut. Ultimately, Monk is more mischievous than mysterious, but its witty, lighthearted feel makes it work surprisingly well outside of the context of the show. ~ Heather Phares

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  • Sales Rank: 130,329
  • UPC: 030206658828
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