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  • The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Box Set) (Pre-Order) The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Box Set) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Box Set) (Pre-Order)

    For just a few months in 1957, two of the greatest musicians in history - Thelonious Monk (a seasoned master) and John Coltrane (a rising star) - recorded together in a studio. This deluxe 3-LP, 180-gram vinyl box set captures all of those sessions in chronological order. Originally released on CD, this edition features newly remastered audio from the original analog sources. An accompanying booklet offers an insightful essay by the late Orrin Keepnews, who produced the original sessions.
    LP 1
    1. Monk's Mood [False Start]
    2. Monk's Mood
    3. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 1]
    4. Crepuscule With Nellie [Take 2]

    5. Crepuscule With Nellie [Breakdown]

    6. Blues For Tomorrow [Stereo]
    7. Crepuscule With Nellie [Edit / Retakes 4 & 5]


    LP 2
    1. Crepuscule With Nellie [Retake 6]
    2. Off Minor [Take 4]

    3. Off Minor [Take 5]

    4. Abide With Me [Take 1]

    5. Abide With Me

    6. Epistrophy [Short Version]
    7. Epistrophy

    8. Well, You Needn't [Opening]


    LP 2
    1. Well, You Needn't
    2. Ruby, My Dear

    3. Ruby, My Dear

    4. Nutty

    5. Trinkle, Tinkle

    Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane
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  • Monk's Music Monk's Music Quick View

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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 Quick View

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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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    Monk's Dream

    Monk's Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: 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 -- almost telepathic -- dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre... Monk's Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast.


    - Lindsay Planer, Allmusic.com

    1. Monk's Dream
    2. Body And Soul
    3. Bright Mississippi
    4. Five Spot Blues
    5. Bolivar Blues
    6. Just A Gigolo
    7. Bye-Ya
    8. Sweet And Lovely
    9. Monk's Dream (Original Version)*


    *Bonus Track

    Thelonious Monk
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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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  • Miles & Monk At Newport Miles & Monk At Newport Quick View

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    Miles & Monk At Newport

    Miles & Monk at Newport was a combined album of a Miles Davis appearance at Newport with an appearance of Thelonious Monk, from the LP era. Despite the title, the two artists do not perform together on the LP, and they are represented on each side by separate live appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival.


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    1. Ah-Leu-Cha - Miles Davis
    2. Straight, No Chaser - Miles Davis
    3. Fran-Dance - Miles Davis
    4. Two Bass Hit - Miles Davis
    5. Nutty - Thelonious Monk Quartet
    6. Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk Quartet
    Miles Davis & Thelonious Monk
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  • Brilliant Corners / Thelonious Himself Brilliant Corners / Thelonious Himself Quick View

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    Brilliant Corners / Thelonious Himself

    Import
    LP 1 - Brilliant Corners


    1. Brilliant Corners
    2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues Are
    3. Pannonica
    4. I Surrender, Dear
    5. Bemsha Swing


    LP 2 - Thelonious Himself


    1. April In Paris
    2. (I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance
    3. Functional
    4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
    5. I Should Care
    6. 'Round Midnight
    7. All Alone
    8. Monk's Mood

    Thelonious Monk
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  • Criss-Cross (Pure Pleasure) (Pre-Order) Criss-Cross (Pure Pleasure) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Criss-Cross (Pure Pleasure) (Pre-Order)

    Criss-Cross - Thelonious Monk's second album for Columbia Records - features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his '60s trio and quartet. Whether revisiting pop standards or reinventing Monk's own classic compositions, Monk and Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums) exchange powerful musical ideas, as well as provide potent solos throughout the disc. Fittingly, Hackensack - a frenetic original composition - opens the disc by demonstrating the bandleader's strength in a quartet environment. The solid rhythmic support of the trio unfetters Monk into unleashing endless cascades of percussive inflections and intoxicating chord progressions. The title cut also reflects the ability of the four musicians to maintain melodic intricacies that are at times so exigent it seems cruel that Monk would have expected a musician of any caliber to pull them off. Tea for Two showcases Monk's appreciation for the great stride or 'walking' piano style of James P. Johnson and Willie 'The Lion' Smith. The arrangement here is lighter and features a trio (minus Rouse) to accent rather than banter with Monk's splashes of magnificence throughout. Likewise, Monk's solo on Don't Blame Me is excellent. The extended runs up and down the keyboard can't help but reiterate the tremendous debt of gratitude owed to the original stride pianists of the early 20th century. This is prime Monk for any degree of listener.


    - Lindsay Planer (AMG)

    Musicians:



    • Thelonious Monk (piano)

    • Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone)

    • John Ore (bass)

    • Frankie Dunlop (drums)



    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. Hackensack
    2. Tea For Two
    3. Criss-Cross
    4. Eronel
    5. Rhythm-A-Ning
    6. Don't Blame Me
    7. Think Of One
    8. Crepuscule With Nellie
    Thelonious Monk
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  • In Italy In Italy Quick View

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    In Italy

    Featuring standout renditions of Straight, No Chaser, Bemsha Swing, and Rhythm-A-Ning, In Italy captures pianist/composer Thelonious Monk
    flexing his trademark idiosyncratic chops on what would be his final recording for the Riverside label. Cut live in concert while on an extensive European
    tour, this set from 1961 serves as a final reminder of the legendary catalog Monk built while recording for Riverside and hinted at the genius yet to be
    recorded. Accompanied by tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, bassist John Ore, and drummer Frankie Dunlop, Monk shines here, turning in more of the
    style the set him apart from his peers as an individualistic player capable of consistently expressive, stylistic and sophisticated performances.
    1. Jackie-ing
    2. Epistrophy
    3. Body And Soul
    4. Straight, No Chaser
    5. Bemsha Swing
    6. San Francisco Holiday
    7. Crepuscule With Nellie
    8. Rhythm-A-Ning
    Thelonious Monk
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  • Straight, No Chaser Straight, No Chaser Quick View

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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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  • Monk's Music Monk's Music Quick View

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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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  • Introducing Johnny Griffin Introducing Johnny Griffin Quick View

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    Introducing Johnny Griffin

    Johnny Griffin had been kicking around in R&B bands for years before his Blue Note debut in 1956. And what was introduced was a tenor saxophonist with a fresh sound, a warm, soulful style and the fastest technique in jazz. He moves from lyrical ballads to blistering tempos with ease. Within two years, Griff would become one of the leading tenor saxophonists in jazz as a member of Thelonious Monk's quartet.



    Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone

    Wynton Kelly, piano

    Curly Russell, bass

    Max Roach, drums

    1. Mil Dew
    2. Chicago Calling
    3. These Foolish Things
    4. The Boy Next Door
    5. Nice And Easy
    6. It's All Right With Me
    7. Lover Man
    Johnny Griffin
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  • Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. 2 Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. 2 Quick View

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    Quartets: Live At The Village Vanguard Vol. 2


    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Named Jazz Album of the Year by readers of Downbeat Magazine, this double album features tenor saxophonist Joe Lovano during two appearances at the Village Vanguard recorded ten months apart. Other than the leader, the pair of quartets are completely different and they bring out two sides of Lovano. The earlier session features the leader in a stimulating piano-less quartet, matching wits and creativity with flÜgelhornist Tom Harrell. While the music is closer to Ornette Coleman than to Gerry Mulligan (to name two famous pianoless groups), Harrell's tone more closely resembles Chuck Mangione than Don Cherry although fortunately he is much more inventive. The four Lovano originals are adventurous and all of the musicians sound as if they are stretching themselves. The second disc showcases Lovano in a more conventional quartet. The repertoire (just one original this time) covers John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, and Gordon Jenkins and finds the tenorman displaying his roots in Sonny Rollins. The rhythm section on the later date (pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Christian McBride, and drummer Lewis Nash) is excellent at accompanying (rather than challenging) Lovano. In both cases, Joe Lovano is heard in prime form, making this an easily recommended two-fer.


    - Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)

    1. Lonnie's Lament
    2. Reflections
    3. Little Willie Leaps
    4. This Is All I Ask
    5. 26-2
    6. Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love
    7. Sounds Of Joy
    Joe Lovano
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  • Straight No Chaser Straight No Chaser Quick View

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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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    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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  • Last Dance Last Dance Quick View

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    Last Dance

    Keith Jarrett: piano

    Charlie Haden: double bass


    Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden broaden the scope of their duo project to showcase jazz classics like Thelonious Monk's "Round Midnight" and Bud
    Powell's spritely "Dance Of The Infidels". Love songs, however, are to the fore in this selection, with tender versions of "My Old Flame", "My Ship", "It
    Might As Well Be Spring", "Everything Happens To Me", and "Every Time We Say Goodbye" as well as alternate takes of "Where Can I Go Without You"
    and "Goodbye", every bit as touching as the Jasmine renditions. "When we play together it's like two people singing", said Jarrett of his reunion with
    Haden. The intentions of the song are honored, the shades of meaning in a melody or a lyric explored instrumentally. As Charlie Haden put it, "Keith really
    listens, and I listen. That's the secret. It's about listening."The music of Last Dance was recorded at Keith Jarrett's home studio.

    1. My Old Flame
    2. My Ship
    3. 'Round Midnight
    4. Dance of the Infidels
    5. It Might As Well Be Spring
    6. Everything Happens to Me
    7. Where Can I Go Without You
    8. Every Time We Say Goodbye
    9. Goodbye
    Keith Jarrett / Charlie Haden
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  • Solo Monk Solo Monk Quick View

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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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    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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  • Ruby Vroom Ruby Vroom Quick View

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    Ruby Vroom

    Ruby Vroom was Soul Coughing's 1994 debut album. The album's sound is a mixture of sample-based tunes (loops of Raymond Scott's Powerhouse on Bus to Beelzebub, Toots and the Maytals, Howlin' Wolf, The Andrews Sisters, and The Roches on Down to This, and a loop of sampler player Mark De Gli Antoni's orchestral horns on Screenwriter's Blues, among others). It also features guitar-based tunes like Janine, Moon Sammy, and Supra Genius and jazzy, upright-bass-fueled songs that often slyly quoted other material-the theme from Courageous Cat on Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago, Thelonious Monk's Misterioso on Casiotone Nation, and Bobby McFerrin's cover of Joan Armatrading's Opportunity on Uh, Zoom Zip.
    1. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago
    2. Sugar Free Jazz
    3. Casiotone Nation
    4. Blueeyed Devil
    5. Bus to Beelzebub
    6. True Dreams of Wichita
    7. Screenwriter's Blues
    8. Moonsammy
    9. Supra Genius
    10. City of Motors
    11. Uh, Zoom Zip
    12. Down to This
    13. Mr. Bitterness
    14. Janine
    Soul Coughing
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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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    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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    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)
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    It's Monk Time

    1. Lulu's Back In Town
    2. Memories Of You
    3. Stuffy Turkey
    4. Brake's Sake
    5. Nice Work If You Can Get It
    6. Shuffle Soil
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    Monk's Blues

    1. Let's Cool One
    2. Reflections
    3. Rootie Tootie
    4. Just A Glance At Love
    5. Brilliant Corners
    6. Consecutive Seconds
    7. Monk's Point
    8. Trinkle Tinkle
    9. Straight, No Chaser
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