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  • Monk's Music Monk's Music Quick View

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    Monk's Music

    Direct Metal Mastering


    Import

    1. Abide With Me
    2. Well You Needn't
    3. Ruby, My Dear
    4. Ruby, My Dear
    5. Off Minor
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Crepuscule With Nellie
    Thelonious Monk Septet
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  • Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2 Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2 Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music Vol. 2

    A Blue Note essential, this album is part of the Blue Note vinyl reissue campaign.
    Thelonious Monk
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    Monk's Music

    Thelonious Monk Quartet presents Monk's Music. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.
    1. Abide With Me
    2. Well You Needn't
    3. Ruby, My Dear (feat. Coleman Hawkins)
    4. Ruby, My Dear (feat. John Coltrane)
    5. Off Minor
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Crepuscule With Nellie
    Thelonious Monk Quartet
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    Monk's Music


    Special Vinyl Reissue


    This Is One Of Monk's Pivotal Recordings And Is An Essential Addition To All Jazz Collections.


    Monk's Music is often cited as one of the focal points of Thelonious Monk's six-year affiliation (1955-1961) with the Riverside label. Although the original
    disc clocked in at slightly over 30 minutes, packed into that half hour are not only the introduction of a few of Monk's signature compositions, but also
    some amazing interactions from the assembled ensemble. Joining Thelonious Monk (piano) during these two recording sessions are Ray Copeland
    (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto sax), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), and Art Blakey (drums).
    This special vinyl re-issue of Monk's classic album is not to be missed!


    Thelonious Monk: the legendary jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the giants of American music.

    1. Abide With Me
    2. Well You Needn't
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. Off Minor
    5. Epistrophy
    6. Crepuscule With Nellie
    Thelonious Monk
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    Monk's Dream

    Monk's Dream is the first album jazz musician Thelonious Monk released on Columbia Records. It was recorded in 4 days in autumn 1962 and issued a year later. The Thelonious Monk Quartet consisted of Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equaled in any genre.


    On tracks such as Five Spot Blues and Bolivar Blues, Rouse and Dunlop demonstrate their uncanny abilities by squeezing in well-placed instrumental fills, while never getting hit by the unpredictable rhythmic frisbees being tossed about by Monk. Augmenting the six quartet recordings are two solo sides: Just a Gigolo and Body and Soul. Most notable about Monk's solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings in the late '40s.

    1. Monk 's Dream
    2. Body And Soul
    3. Sweet Georgia Brown
    4. Five Spot Blues
    5. Bolivar Blues
    6. Just A Gigolo
    7. Bye-Ya
    8. Sweet And Lovely
    Thelonious Monk Quartet
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    Solo Monk

    Recorded in late 1964 and produced by Teo Macero, Solo Monk is the 8th album Thelonious Monk released for Columbia Records. As the title implies, this album consists purely of Monk's solo piano playing. He handles classic Pop standards like Dinah and Sweet And Lovely, but beautifully executes his own compositions like the bluesy North Of The Sunset, Ruby, My Dear and Monk's Point. If there is any album to own by Thelonious Monk, Solo Monk is clearly it.
    1. Dinah
    2. I Surrender, Dear
    3. Sweet And Lovely
    4. North Of The Sunset
    5. Ruby, My Dear
    6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
    7. I Hadn't Any One Till You
    8. Everything Happens To Me
    9. Monk's Point
    10. I Should Care
    11. Ask Me Now
    12. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
    Thelonious Monk
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    Solo Monk


    1964 Album True To Its Title: Nothing But Monk, His Fingers, And The Piano


    Perhaps The Solo Piano Record To Have By Monk" - Thom Jurek / Allmusic


    Mastered From Original Master Tapes By Bernie Grundmand


    Pressed On 180gram Audiophile-grade Vinyl At Pallas In Germany


    Monk's 1946 solo affair ranks among the pioneering
    pianist's most introspective, cerebral, and emotional
    outings. His trademark angularity informs a majority of
    the pieces, yet so does grand classicism and melodic
    rapture. Monk's readings of the originals and standards
    practically stand the tunes on their collective ears.
    Solo Monk is simply amazing. And now, mastered from
    the original master tapes, this 180gram LP brings all
    the music closer, and into more transparent form, than
    ever before.

    1. Dinah
    2. I Surrender, Dear
    3. Sweet And Lovely
    4. North Of The Sunset
    5. Ruby, My Dear
    6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
    7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
    8. Everything Happens To Me
    9. Monk's Point
    10. I Should Care
    11. Ask Me Now
    12. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Genius Of Modern Music Volume One Genius Of Modern Music Volume One Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music Volume One


    Part Of The Blue Note 75 Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Belonging in every jazz collection, volume one of Thelonious Monk's 1947 10" Genius of Modern Music features the first sessions Monk recorded as a
    leader. In 1956 Blue Note reissued this iconic album as a 12" and added previously unissued tracks. It is impossible to overstate the importance of these
    sessions as they include some of the earliest Monk recordings that would become standards, including "Round Midnight" which is now one of the most
    popular jazz compositions ever recorded. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl initiative
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Round About Midnight
    2. Off Minor
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. I Mean You
    5. April In Paris
    6. In Walked Bud
    7. Thelonious
    8. Epistrophy
    9. Mysterioso
    10. Well You Needn't
    11. Introspection
    12. Humph
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2 Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2 Quick View

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    Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 2

    Volume two of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music exemplifies Thelonious Monk as a full band leader and
    consists almost entirely of original compositions. Sidemen include trumpeter Kenny Dorham, bassist Al McKibbon,
    saxophonist Sahib Shihab as well as Art Blakey and Max Roach. Both volumes of Genius of Modern Music belong
    in every jazz collection. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue
    Note vinyl initiative.
    1. Four In One
    2. Who Knows?
    3. Nice Work (If You Can Get It)
    4. In Walked Bud
    5. Humph
    6. Straight No Chaser
    7. Suburban Eyes
    8. Ask Me Now
    Thelonious Monk
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    Genius Of Modern Music: Volume 1

    Volume one of Genius of Modern Music features the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader in 1947.
    These sessions include some of the earliest Monk recordings that would become standards including "Round
    Midnight" which is now one of the most popular jazz compositions ever. This first volume of Genius of Modern Music belongs in every jazz collection. Genius of Modern Music will be reissued in its original 10" form as part of an overall Blue Note vinyl initiative.
    1. 'Round Midnight
    2. Off Minor
    3. Ruby My Dear
    4. I Mean You
    5. Thelonious
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Well You Needn't
    8. Misterioso
    Thelonious Monk
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    Paris 1969

    Blue Note Records has announced Thelonious Monk Paris 1969, a fascinating and important late-career document of the legendary jazz pianist and composer in performance with his Quartet at the Salle Pleyel concert hall in Paris, France on December 15, 1969. Beautifully captured on B&W film, the concert also featured a surprise guest appearance from renowned drummer Philly Joe Jones. Also included is a rare on-camera interview with Monk that was conducted by the French bassist Jacques Hess after the concert.


    "The 1969 Paris concert captures the power and the undiminished beauty of Monk's music, reminding us that even as his body aged his musical imagination knew no limits," writes Monk scholar Robin Kelley in his liner notes essay. However, Kelley also illuminates what a peculiar and challenging moment 1969 was for the 52-year-old pianist. Monk hadn't achieved true success until the late-50s with his legendary run at the Five Spot CafÉ in New York City with John Coltrane (a band that was brilliantly captured on the lost recording Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall from 1957 which was discovered and released on Blue Note in 2005). By the early-60s Monk's success had peaked when he signed with Columbia Records and was eventually featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in 1964.


    However, by 1969, in addition to health issues, Monk's success was beginning to wane with the emergence of rock and the resulting jazz fusion movement. His recording contract with Columbia had just come to end after an ill-advised attempt at marketing him to a younger rock audience. That disappointment was followed by the departure of drummer Ben Riley and bassist Larry Gales from his band which left Monk with two chairs to fill on short notice before his European tour.


    Monk eventually found two young musicians - bassist Nate Hygelund and drummer Paris Wright - to fill out the Quartet with his longtime tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse. Luckily the inexperienced rhythm section had some time to gel before hitting the stage in Paris with a lengthy engagement in London followed by stops in Germany and Italy. By the time they reached the Pleyel the band was in fine form, which made for a triumphant return for Monk to the very stage he had made his Parisian debut on in 1954 in front of a hostile audience who felt that Monk was too avant-garde. 15 years later the situation could not have been more different with an enthusiastic audience and the concert being broadcast on television.


    In addition to rollicking Quartet versions of Monk classics such as "I Mean You," "Straight No Chaser," and "Blue Monk," the set also includes three stunning solo piano performances on "Don't Blame Me," "I Love You Sweetheart Of All My Dreams," and "Crepuscule With Nellie." However, an undeniable highlight of the concert was when the veteran drummer Philly Joe Jones who was an expat living in Paris at the time comes from backstage to borrow the sticks from the 17-year-old Wright, providing a palpable spark on Monk's "Nutty."

    1. I Mean You
    2. Ruby My Dear
    3. Straight No Chaser
    4. Bright Mississippi
    5. Light Blue
    6. Epistrophy
    7. Don't Blame Me
    8. I Love You Sweetheart of All My Dreams
    9. Crepuscule With Nellie
    10. Bright Mississippi
    11. Nutty
    12. Blue Monk
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Hamburg Recordings 1967 Hamburg Recordings 1967 Quick View

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    Hamburg Recordings 1967

    The Monks - a strange, rare group with a story that sounds like a drunk friend's generous
    hyperbole. A group of American G.I.s stationed in Germany on the precipice of Western
    cultural revolution starts playing music loosely connected to the rock n' roll craze,
    contrastingly incorporating a critical and often offensive avant-garde edge. Nothing
    was off limits - screeching vocals, dark aesthetics, staccato-strummed banjo, sardonic
    lyricism, critiques of the Vietnam War and full monk costuming down to the tonsure.
    When viewed on the whole, it seems like an art school student's senior thesis on what
    the craze means and its future possibilities. Due in large part to original Polydor vinyl
    collectability and years in the word-of-mouth hype machine, their legend and cult status
    has steadily blossomed since their last shows in 1967.


    Fast forward to 2017, the crew at Third Man, already huge fans, are presented with an
    honest-to-God treasure trove of original Monks photos, newspaper clippings, business
    cards, letterhead, contracts, postcards and, yes, analog tapes, containing trailblazing,
    wild compositions completely unheard by public ears.


    "I'm Watching You" would have been recorded on February 28th, 1967 at the same
    sessions that would produce the Monks' final single "Love Can Tame the Wild" b/w "He
    Went Down to the Sea." The remaining four songs were recorded after hours in the Top
    Ten Club later that year, just prior to the break-up of the band.


    These songs have been unreleased for 50 years and are quite possibly the last music left
    to be heard by this legendary band.

    1. I'm Watching You
    2. Julia
    3. P.O. Box 3291
    4. I Need U Shatzi
    5. Yellow Grass
    The Monks
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    Underground

    Monk, considered one of the greatest Jazz pianists of all time, recorded Underground in '67-'68. It's the last recording with the Thelonious Monk Quartet (Larry Gales on bass, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, and Ben Riley on drums) and one of the last album he made for Columbia. What makes Underground special is that unlike his other Columbia recordings, four out of the seven songs were newly composed and recorded. Not to mention its striking cover artwork, which depicts Monk as a French Resistance member in a particularly messy attic. Music On Vinyl is especially proud to announce that this recording has been specially re-mastered in the US for this vinyl edition from the original tapes.
    1. Thelonious
    2. Ugly Beauty
    3. Raise Four
    4. Boo Boo's Birthday
    5. Easy Street
    6. Green Chimneys
    7. In Walked Bud
    Thelonious Monk
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    Action-Refraction

    Action-Refraction marks bassist, compser and bandleader Ben Allison's 10th album and first collection of music composed by other artists. With nine critically acclaimed albums as a bandleader to his credit, Allison has solidified his rep as a cutting edge composer. To celebrate his 10th, he turned his ear towards the music of some of his favorite artists, creating an inspired, atmospheric, and at times art-rock mix tape featuring the music of PJ Harvey, Donny Hathaway, Thelonious Monk, Neil Young, Samuel Barber and Roger Nichols.

    1. Jackie-ing (Monk)

    2. Missed (PJ Harvey)
    3. Some Day We'll All Be Free (Hathaway)
    4. Philadelphia (Young)
    5. St Ida's Vision (Barber)
    6. We've Only Just Begun (Williams, Nichols)
    7. Broken (Allison)

    Ben Allison
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    Wester Easter (On Sale)


    Limited To 500



    I'm at a loss to name any bands that Old Smokey sounds like. Old Smokey is a dark, gypsy/Middle Eastern, folk collision. It's a mixture of string and woodwind instruments unlike any I've seen. - Mark Ellers, Athens Banner Herald


    Old Smokey's instrumental tune Leggy, is a pleasant, wandering thing, a nice little taste of the band's upcoming full-length, reportedly titled Wester Easter. - Gabe Vodicka, Flagpole Magazine


    Local weavers of the string dream known as Old Smokey have finished their debut record, titled Wester Easter and may we say, it's an ear tickling treasure for sure. - Zeke Sayer, Gypsy Farm


    Old Smokey is a unique five piece ensemble featuring Jim Willingham on banjo, Jason Trahan on lap steel, John Fernandes on violin/clarinet/bass clarinet, Jacob Morris on cello, and Rob Lomax on drums. Their quixotic and sometimes haunting sound has developed organically; the way the instrumentation of the band blends is both complementary and evocative. This distinctive unit began playing together over two years ago. Old Smokey's first full-length album, Wester Easter will be released on Cloud Recordings.


    Wester Easter covers a wide span of musical influences, but retains a coherent sound, all its own. Some of the songs capture an Ennio Morricone spaghetti-western influence, while others take on an East Indian psychedelic palette not unlike some of the wanderings of Erkin Koray, or a lost Bollywood soundtrack from the seventies. Dead Man's Pose, a chant-y upbeat scorcher, is grounded in something akin to a New Orleans second line structure. There are a few numbers on Wester Easter that seem to be channeling the tumbleweed landscapes of The Sons of Pioneers, or the smoky country of a Roger Miller ballad. There's even a bit of a rock n' roll stomp or Velvets' rattle to numbers such as All the Way Slow -- but it's almost as if the band got lost in Appalachia on the way to the sock hop. John Fernandes, Cloud Recordings' main-man, and Old Smokey's violin and clarinet player, has approximated sonic references for Old Smokey: Fans of Bruce Langhorne, Abner Jay, Bollywood steel guitar music, and The Monks will surely dig our hard to describe sound.


    Despite a wide adventurous berth, Wester Easter is not the soundtrack of a flippant genre-jumping band. Throughout the album, their strong, sonorous mark is consistently there, as the instruments blend, swirl, and crescendo, then break down, from time to time, into the spidery banjo, drums, and plucked-cello skeletal substructure. Led by Jim's reedy lead vocal, spinning narratives or spilling out constellations of imagery, the whole band often joins, in chorus, to create layered harmonies or group chants.


    Old Smokey is compiled of veterans of the Athens music scene. Members have played with bands such as The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Vic Chesnutt, Ham1, Moths, Madeline, The Good Ship, and The New Sound of Numbers, to name just a few of their past and current projects.

    1. Dead Man's Post
    2. The Transylvania Effect
    3. You're Always Gonna Be Able To Get One More
    4. All The Way Slow
    5. The Whistler's Song
    6. Freedom Cowboy
    7. Wester Easter
    8. Transylvania Link
    9. Everyday I'm Building A Fool
    10. Leggy
    11. Vacant Lot
    12. Drifter
    13. Mapache
    Old Smokey
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    Misterioso

    Originally released in 1965 and produced by Jazz great Teo Macero, this Hard Bop album by Thelonious Monk is an essential part of Monk fans, and rightfully belongs in any Jazz collection for that matter.


    Misterioso (Recorded On Tour) contains 8 powerful live performances at venues such as Brandeis University, Lincoln Center and The Village Gate in New York and the Newport Jazz Festival during the early Sixties, when Jazz was pushed into further directions.


    This album features Thelonious Monk on piano, Larry Gales and Butch Warren on double bass, Ben Riley and Frankie Dunlop on drums and longtime Monk band member Charlie Rouse on tenor sax.

    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. Misterioso
    3. Light Blue
    4. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
    5. All The Things You Are
    6. Honeysuckle Rose
    7. Bemsha Swing
    8. Evidence
    Thelonious Monk
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    London Collection, Volume 2

    Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Grammy Award Winner Bernie Grundman


    London Collection, Volume 2 is the second installment of Thelonious Monk's final recording session as a band
    leader. The album features bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey backing up Monk as he plays eight
    original tunes. It's been remastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman for the first vinyl pressing in
    over 27 years.

    1. Evidence
    2. Misterioso
    3. Crepuscule With Nellie
    4. I Mean You
    5. Criss Cross
    6. Ruby My Dear
    7. Nutty (Take 2)
    8. Hackensack
    Thelonious Monk
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    London Collection, Volume 1

    The First Installment of Monk's Final Recording Sessions as a Leader


    Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Grammy Award Winner Bernie Grundman


    Pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany


    11/11 Music & Sound (Michael Fremer / Analog Planet)


    What if you could be a fly on the wall at Thelonious
    Monk's final recording sessions as leader? Now you
    can. Offering tremendous late-period performances,
    The London Collection Volume 1 is nothing but Monk,
    improvisational, unhinged, and unrestrained.


    Originally released by the UK label Black Lion, an imprint
    that specialized in resurrecting rare gems from US jazz
    and blues legends, The London Collection Volume 1
    marks what are indisputably Monk's final significant
    contributions and a can't-miss opportunity for collectors
    and enthusiasts to get closer to the man and his music.
    The album was mastered from the original analog tapes
    at Bernie Grundman Studios, and pressed on 180gram
    vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany.


    "The sound here is so transparent, the pressing quality
    so superb, the vinyl so quiet, if you set the level just so,
    I think you'll agree with me that the title of this review is
    not hyperbole: turn out the lights and Monk has been
    brought back to life to play just for you!"
    - Michael Fremer / Analog Planet

    1. Trinkle, Tinkle [Take 3]
    2. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 2]
    3. Darn That Dream
    4. Little Rootie Tootie
    5. Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland
    6. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    7. My Melancholy Baby
    8. Jackie-Ing
    9. Lover Man
    10. Blue Sphere
    Thelonious Monk
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    Underground


    Numbered, Limited Edition of 2,000 Copies


    Pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile-Grade Vinyl at Pallas Group in Germany


    Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Bernie Grundman


    Grammy Award Winning Cover Art


    This release has long been considered Thelonious
    Monk's acknowledgement to the flourishing youth-oriented subculture from whence the collection takes
    its name. Certainly the Grammy-winning cover - which
    depicts Monk as a World War II French revolutionary
    toting an automatic weapon - gave the establishment
    more than the brilliant swinging sounds in the grooves
    to consider. Underground became Monk's penultimate
    studio album, as well as the final release to feature
    the '60s quartet: Charlie Rouse, Ben Riley, and Larry
    Gales. This 180gram audiophile-grade pressing was
    mastered from analog tapes.

    1. Thelonious
    2. Ugly Beauty
    3. Raise Four
    4. Boo Boo's Birthday
    5. Easy Street
    6. Green Chimneys
    7. In Walked Bud
    Thelonious Monk
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    Straight No Chaser

    A few years after recording Straight, No Chaser, Thelonious Monk disappeared from the public eye. But as the years passed, more people became aware of the seminal role he played in the development in jazz as both pianist and composer, creating a standard of excellence that many musicians after him aspire to.


    Produced by Teo Macero, who was also responsible for legendary albums such as Miles Davis' Kind Of Blue and Dave Brubeck's Time Out!, Monk's Straight, No Chaser is a classic in its own right. It's the last album the talented pianist and composer recorded with his quartet consisting of Larry Gales on bass, Ben Riley on drums and his musical soul mate Charlie Rouse on tenor sax. It includes a light yet mature version of one of his standards; Straight, No Chaser is one idea played again and again, each time in a different part of the measure and with a different ending, and highlights some stellar action between Monk and Rouse.

    1. Locomotive
    2. I Didn't Know About You
    3. Straight, No Chaser
    4. Japanese Folk Song
    5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
    6. We See
    Thelonious Monk
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    Big Band & Quartet In Concert

    Previously Out of Press for Over Two Decades


    Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Grammy
    Award Winner Bernie Grundman


    Pressed on 180 gram Audiophile-Grade
    Vinyl at Pallas in Germany


    As Scott Yanow puts it in his five-star review for
    AllMusic, "This is one of pianist-composer Thelonious
    Monk's greatest recordings and represents a high point
    in his career... essential for all jazz collections." Big
    Band and Quartet in Concert, Monk's fifth album for
    Columbia records, was recorded live at Lincoln Center,
    Philharmonic Hall in New York City on December 30,
    1963. The album is coming back to vinyl for the first
    time in over two decades with this double LP 180gram
    reissue, which was mastered from original analog tapes
    by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas in Germany
    for a true audiophile experience.

    1. I Mean You
    2. Evidence
    3. (When It's) Darkness On The Delta
    4. Oska T.
    5. Played Twice
    6. Four In One
    7. Epistrophy
    Thelonious Monk
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    Talk Thelonious


    Plated & pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    NRBQ founder Terry Adams pays tribute to his favorite pianist/composer on his album, Talk Thelonious. Adams says it's been a lifetime in the making. I finally realized it was something I was supposed to do. The music on Talk Thelonious is physical and cerebral, simple and complex, and full of pleasant surprises. The album features all the members of NRBQ and the Whole Wheat Horns with an added guest. Both Adams arrangements and the performances stay true to the genius of Thelonious Monk while still going to some new and exciting places.


    Highlights include a rollicking Hornin In, an understated but breathtaking Monks Mood, a playful, buoyant That Old Man, a pedal steel-driven, two-stepping Straight No Chaser, and Ruby, My Dear, the albums tour de force with a triplet-driven rhythm section and tremolo electric guitar embellished sparingly by horns, strings, chromatic harmonica, flutes and accordion.

    LP 1
    1. Reflections
    2. Hornin' In
    3. In Walked Bud
    4. Monk's Mood
    5. That Old Man
    6. Humph


    LP 2
    1. Think Of One
    2. Ask Me Now
    3. Ugly Beauty
    4. Gallop's Gallop
    5. Straight, No Chaser
    6. Ruby, My Dear

    Terry Adams With NRBQ
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    Something In Blue (Pure Pleasure)

    Alan Bates took Thelonious Monk into the studio for his first trio recording in fifteen years with his old sidekick Art Blakey. It has been said often enough that Blakey is the ideal drummer for Monk, and one has only to hear them together again after all this time to realize the truth of the statement. If Blakey at times seems to push the pianist almost too hard, that is in fact the nature of their musical relationship. And, throughout the session, Blakey appeared to be vying with the producer in alternately cajoling and coercing Monk into fulfilling various requests from the small invited audience.



    Musicians:



    • Thelonious Monk (piano)

    • Al McKibbon (bass)

    • Art Blakey (drums)




    Recording: November 1971 at Chappell Studios, London, by John Timperley

    Production: Alan Bates



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Blue Sphere
    2. Hackensack
    3. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    4. Criss Cross
    5. Something in Blue
    6. Evidence
    7. Jackie-ing
    8. Nutty
    Thelonious Monk
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    Straight, No Chaser

    Limited To 3,000 Individually Numbered Copies


    First Time On All-Analog


    Features The Complete, Unedited Performances Of Thelonious Monk's Classic Sessions


    Mastered From The Original Tapes By Kevin Gray And Robert Pincus At Cohearant Audio


    Pressed At RTI For Superior Playback Quality


    Monk's introspective 6th LP for Columbia contains some of the pianist's most mature works, including a striking re-working of the classic title track, an evocative modal twist on Japanese folk music, and the swinging bop of We See, all lensed through the transformative interplay of his quartet (also featured on Monk's Dream). Impex's deluxe all-analog 2-LP set includes the original six tracks (three of which are presented in their original uncut length on LP for the first time) and the bonus track Green Chimneys. These extensions, beautifully remastered by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus at Cohearent Audio, give fuller, richer expression to Thelonious Monk's genius as a performer of unparalleled spiritual and technical facility.

    1. Locomotive
    2. I Didn't Know About You
    3. Straight, No Chaser
    4. Japanese Folk Song
    5. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
    6. We See
    7. Green Chimneys*


    *Bonus Track

    Thelonious Monk
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