Annotation

Thelonious Monk in undoubtedly one of the most important and distinctive pianists to emerge in the post-war era, with a unique style which was at times controversial and misunderstood, but with an ability to develop improvisations in a musically logical and coherent way. As the house pianist at Minton’s, widely regarded as the spiritual home of bebop, he took part in the legendary late-night improvised sessions in the early ‘40s alongside the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Charlie Christian, and over the next two decades, he worked with a remarkable array of the genre’s top names in small group line-ups, as well as making solo recordings. It was with a series of albums in the mid-to late ‘50s that the wider market finally latched on to what aficionados had appreciated for some time in his unique approach to jazz. This collection comprises selections of his work from across that period, including the landmark tracks which are recognised as iconic contributions to the jazz canon, and including performances alongside the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Percy Heath, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry and others. It is a fascinating and hugely entertaining selective overview of the key formative period of his illustrious career.

Annotation last modified on 2016-10-31 03:00 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 I Can't Give You Anything But Love
Don Byas, Joe Guy, Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke & Helen Humes 4:12
2 Down Down or alternatives under Harlem Odyssey
Thelonious Monk, Joe Guy, Nick Fenton, Kenny Clarke & Al Sears 3:42
3 Sweet Lorraine
Thelonious Monk, Joe Guy, Hot Lips Page & Herbie Fields 8:27
4 Flyin' Hawk
Thelonious Monk & Coleman Hawkins Quartet 2:51
5 Things To Come
Thelonious Monk & Dizzy Gillespie Big Band 2:52
6 Thelonious
Thelonious Monk Sextet 3:01
7 Well You Needn't
Thelonious Monk Trio 3:00
8 Ruby My Dear
Thelonious Monk Trio 3:07
9 Round Midnight
Thelonious Monk Quintet 3:16
10 In Walked Bud
Thelonious Monk Quintet 2:57
11 Evidence
Thelonious Monk Quartet 2:34
12 Bloomdido
Thelonious Monk & Charlie Parker and His Orchestra 3:25
13 Four In One
Thelonious Monk Quintet 3:30
14 Criss Cross
Thelonious Monk Quintet 2:57
15 Willow Weep For Me
Thelonious Monk Quintet 3:03
16 Skippy
Thelonious Monk Sextet 3:01
17 Hornin' In
Thelonious Monk Sextet 3:15
18 Little Rootie Tootie
Thelonious Monk Trio 3:30
19 Monk's Dream
Thelonious Monk Trio 3:08
20 Carolina Moon
Thelonious Monk Sextet 3:08
21 Trinkle Tinkle
Thelonious Monk Trio 2:49
22 Let's Call This
Thelonious Monk Quintet 5:09
23 Locomotive
Thelonious Monk Quintet 6:22
24 Portrait Of An Ermite
Thelonious Monk 5:00
25 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Thelonious Monk 3:24
26 Eronel
Thelonious Monk 2:33
27 Blue Monk
Thelonious Monk Trio 7:39
28 I Want To Be Happy
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Quartet 7:34
29 The Way You Look Tonight
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Quartet 5:13
30 The Man I Love
Thelonious Monk & Miles Davis All Stars 8:08
31 Bag's Groove
Thelonious Monk & Miles Davis All Stars 11:16
32 Now's The Time
Thelonious Monk & The Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars 8:49
33 It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing
Thelonious Monk Trio 4:37
34 Black And Tan Fantasy
Thelonious Monk Trio 3:27
35 You Are Too Beautiful
Thelonious Monk Trio 4:58
36 Honeysuckle Rose
Thelonious Monk Trio 5:32
37 Pannonica
Thelonious Monk Quintet 8:55
38 Brilliant Corners
Thelonious Monk Quintet 4:46
39 Bemsha Swing
Thelonious Monk Quintet 7:44
40 Ghost Of A Chance
Thelonious Monk 4:23
41 I Should Care
Thelonious Monk 3:17
42 Reflections
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins Quintet 7:05
43 Monk's Mood
Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane 7:53
44 In Walked Bud
Thelonious Monk & Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers 6:38
45 Off Minor (Take 5)
Thelonious Monk Septet 5:10
46 Epistrophy
Thelonious Monk Septet 3:12
47 Nutty
Thelonious Monk 6:39
48 Straight No Chaser
Thelonious Monk & Gerry Mulligan 7:06
49 In Orbit
Thelonious Monk & Clark Terry Quintet 4:42
50 Coming On The Hudson
Thelonious Monk Quartet 5:28
51 Blues Five Spot
Thelonious Monk Quartet 9:56
52 Rhythm-a-ning
Thelonious Monk Quartet 6:51
53 I Mean You
Thelonious Monk Quintet 9:51
54 Jackie-ing
Thelonious Monk Quintet 6:10
55 Round Lights
Thelonious Monk 3:42
56 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Thelonious Monk Quartet, Joe Gordon & Harold Land 6:15
57 Crepuscule With Nellie
Thelonious Monk Quartet 2:42

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Release

discography entry: http://acrobatmusic.net/?cid=5&AlbumId=941 [info]