Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners (1956) New Malden v.New Jersey Shootout

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 I’m sure I’ve seen this cover before somewhere, it seems familiar… Selection 1: Brilliant Corners (London label, Decca Pressing) 320kbps MP3 Artists: Ernie Henry (alto saxophone) Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone) Thelonious Monk (piano) Oscar Pettiford (bass) Max Roach (drums) recorded  Reeves … Continue reading

Blue Note Missing Over Fifty Years Discovered

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Selection: Bonus Track not included on the original vinyl – Brilliant Corners, in which Elvis vocalises the part of Sonny Rollins tenor. Breaking News The record collecting community was today rocked by the announcement on a popular jazz collecting blog … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Black Lion Sessions (1971) Vinyl Shoot Out

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Black Lion Shoot Out One chilly November day in 1971, Monk found himself in  LJC’s home town, London, accompanied by another jazz-elder, Art Blakey, and Al McKibbon on bass, to record a session for Alan Bates’ Black Lion label. In the Chappell Studios he … Continue reading

Mengelberg: Regeneration (1983) Monk

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On one side Mengelberg  Lacy and Rudd took Herbie Nichols for a walk (see previous post) Now on the other side they pick on Monk. This post follows up the Monk selection.  To make sure Mengelberg and his pals don’t get a free pass, I have included a recording … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk In Europe Vol2 (1961) Riverside

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Selection: Hackensack (Monk) speed corrected -3% pitch Artists Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded at “L’Olympia”, Paris, France, April 18, 1961 Year: 1961 31 May – President John F. Kennedy and Charles De Gaulle meet in Paris. Hi … Continue reading

‘Round About Midnight Shoot-out!

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‘Round about the same time as many versions of Monk’s classic composition ‘Round About Midnight were being recorded, in 1957, the wildly eccentric singer Screamin’ Jay Hawkins recorded I Put a Spell on You.  A while back I recall coming across a … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Misterioso (1958) Riverside Orpheum

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Selection: Misterioso (Monk) stereo Artists 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 Music Johnny Griffin features prominently  in … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk The Unique Thelonious (1956) London/ Riverside

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Track Selection: Tea for Two (Caesar, Youmans) – re-ripped Artists Thelonious Monk (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Art Blakey (d) Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, March 17, and April 3, 1956 Music Monk was signed by Orin Keepnews to his Riverside label in 1955, and … Continue reading

hQ Test: check your hep-ness Quotient

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There seem so many hepcats out there I thought we would have a change from squinting at matrix codes, and check out your hep-ness quotient with a quiz. The subject: the compositions of Thelonious Monk. Everybody can play the same notes – it’s all about the order you … Continue reading

Thelonious in Action (1958) Riverside

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Track Selection:  Coming on the Hudson Artists  Johnny Griffin (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Ahmed Abdul-Malik (b) Roy Haynes (d) recorded live at the “Five Spot Cafe”, NYC, August 7, 1958, Music The Track Listing: Light Blue Coming On The Hudson … Continue reading

Bud Powell Portrait of Thelonious (1961) Columbia

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Track Selection: Off Minor (Monk) Track Comparison: Off Minor –  Monk himself (Modern Genius Volume 1, Blue Note BLP1510   Monk-Ramey-Blakey, recorded 1947, on 47 West 63rd St labels second pressing)  Artists Bud Powell (p) Pierre Michelot (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded live in Paris, … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk in Europe Vol 3 (1961) Riverside

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Track Selection: I’m getting sentimental over you (Re-ripped) Artists Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded “L’Olympia”, Paris, France, April 18, 1961 Music April in Paris (Short bonus selection) Monk tours Europe, a  stopover in … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk in Europe Vol1 Milan (1961)

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Track selection: Rhythm-a-ning Artists Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded live at  “Teatro Lirico”, Milan, Italy, April 21, 1961 Music In 1961, Monk toured Europe to launch his new line of advanced-bop headwear. Material recorded … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Monk’s Music (1957) Riverside

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Track Selection: Well, You Needn’t (Coltrane takes the first solo) Artists Thelonious Monk (p); Ray Copeland (t) Gigi Gryce (as) John Coltrane (ts) Coleman Hawkins (ts) Wilbur Ware (b) Art Blakey (d) recorded Reeves Sound Studios, NYC, June 25 & 26, 1957, … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: plays Duke Ellington (1955) UK Riverside

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Track Selection: Caravan Artists Thelonious Monk (p) Oscar Pettiford (b) Kenny Clarke (d) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, July 21 & 27, 1955 Music Monk reinvents Ellington’s classic and the three swing like something else. Pettiford, phew! At the time … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Underground (1968) Columbia

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Track Selection: Ugly Beauty (Monk) Artists Musicians: Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Larry Gales (b) Ben Riley (d) recorded NYC, December 14, 1967 February 14, 1968; Tim Geelan  engineer,  Teo Macero  producer. Cover Art: photography:  Horn Grinner Studios; art direction: John Berg, Richard Mantel, John … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Straight, No Chaser (1967)

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Track selection: Locomotive (Monk) Artists Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) Larry Gales (b) Ben Riley (d) NYC, November 14 1966 – January 10 1967 Music: Monks final quartet and sixth studio album, produced by Columbia’s Teo Macero, the man behind … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk: Monks Dream (1962) Columbia

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Track Selection 1: Bolivar Blues Track Selection 2. Sweet and Lovely Artists Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Frankie Dunlop (d) recorded NYC, November 1-6, 1962.  Produced by Teo Macero, Miles Davis’s former producer. Music Track selection kicks … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk “Criss Cross” (1962)

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Head to Head “Double Cross” Special Post Something a little different by way of an experiment  – mono and stereo go head to head in the classic “Which is best,  chocolate or vanilla?” contest. The brilliant Monk record Criss Cross, considered … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk “Brilliant Corners” (1956)

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Track Selection 1: Brilliant Corners Track Selection 2: Pannonica Artists: Ernie Henry (as) Sonny Rollins (ts) Thelonious Monk (p, and Celeste on Pannonica) Oscar Pettiford (b) Max Roach (d) NYC, October 15 & 9, 1956 Music Monk at his most … Continue reading

Thelonious Monk Trios “Monks Moods” (1952-4)

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Track Selection: Blue Monk Artists Thelonious Monk (p) Percy Heath (b ) Art Blakey (d ) recorded Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, September 22, 1954 Other tracks Thelonious Monk (p) Gerry Mapp (b) Art Blakey (d) NYC, October 15, … Continue reading

25th Anniversary Blue Note (1964)

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Track selection and Artists Track Selection 1: A Night in Tunisia Artists: Bud Powell (p) Curly Russell (b) Max Roach (d) recorded May 1st 1951 Track Selection 2: ‘Round Midnight  Artists: George Tait (t) Sahib Shihab (as)  Thelonious Monk (p) Robert … Continue reading

Mulligan Meets Monk

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Track Selection: ” ‘Round about Midnight ” Artists Gerry Mulligan (bars) Thelonious Monk (p) Wilbur Ware (b) Shadow Wilson (d) NYC, August 13, 1957 Music An improbable combination: master of the baritone sax Gerry Mulligan and iconoclast of the “off-key” piano Thelonious … Continue reading

Monk Live at The Blackhawk (1960)

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Selection Youtube Artists Joe Gordon (tp) Harold Land, Charlie Rouse (ts) Thelonious Monk (p) John Ore (b) Billy Higgins (d) recorded “The Blackhawk”, San Francisco, CA, April 29, 1960 Music East Coast meets West Coast for a session of high energy … Continue reading