Selection: Misterioso (Monk) stereo
Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958; Cover Painting The Seer Giorgio de Chirico
Johnny Griffin features prominently in the quartet, with his hard-blowing bluesy swaggering Chicago tenor solos, following which Monk has to pointedly remind everyone of the composition in hand. Roy Haynes, the drummers drummer, keeps it tight and rolling.
Vinyl: US Orpheum Riverside reissue of RLP 1133 (1958) Stereo
Produced late Sixties by Orpheum Productions, Inc., 235 West 46th St., N.Y. who purchased the Riverside label and catalogue around 1966 and produced a good number of high quality reissues over a couple of years before selling the label on, ultimately to Fantasy Records LA.
Orpheum are usually a dark turqoise label, these are classic Riverside blue, without the twin reels and mic.
Source: From the collection of the late Brian Clark. Thirty spanking records, I still havent sat down to listen to half of them. When I did, this one turned out to have more of a story to it than I anticipated.
Wait. You didn’t think you were going to be let off so lightly did you? Monk Remedial Class, pay attention. Misterioso, live at the 5 spot, not to be confused with Misterioso (Recorded on Tour) released by Columbia in 1965, a series of Monk Quartet US club and college tour dates between 1963 and 65.
Selection: Misterioso – mono
The same Monk composition, Misterioso, during which performance the seated Lincoln Centre audience were more respectful of Monk than the drinkers at The Five Spot in 1958, for some of whom, to judge from the background conversation, Monk must have been just another pub band.
Thelonious Monk (p), Butch Warren or Larry Gales (b), Ben Riley or Frank Dunlop (d), Charlie Rouse (ts) recorded on tour 1963-5 including Brandeis University, Lincoln Centre, Newport Jazz festival, Jazz Workshop SF, The Village Gate, and Tokyo Japan.
You can sense how Charlie Rouse’s tenor in the quartet integrated more closely with Monks musical vision. That said I miss Griffin’s feisty attack and zest and Haynes snap crackle. Recording techniques seem to have moved on a lot in the gap between the two recordings.
Vinyl: CBS BPG 62620 (UK 1st release 1966) of CL2416
From the late lamented Intoxica, Portobello Road, Notting Hill. Over-priced, never knowingly under-sold, but strangely missed. One fewer record shop, another step towards total world domination by Ebay.
When I added the Riverside Orpheum Misterioso to my collection I honestly believed it was the same recording as the above Columbia CBS Misterioso (Recorded on Tour). I remember it being a live recording, and I thought trade up to a Stereo rather than Mono and a better cover. Proper art. How was I supposed to know there were two Misterioso’s ? You could say, it’s a mystery, really…
Corner, now LJC, the Dunce’s cap!