THELONIOUS MONK

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Born on October 10, 1917, in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Thelonious was only four when his mother and his two siblings, Marion and Thomas, moved to New York City. Unlike other Southern migrants who headed straight to Harlem, the Monks settled on West 63rd Street in the “San Juan Hill” neighborhood of Manhattan, near the Hudson River. His father, Thelonious, Sr., joined the family three years later, but health considerations forced him to return to North Carolina. During his stay, however, he often played the harmonica, ‘Jew’s harp,” and piano—all of which probably influenced his son’s unyielding musical interests. Young Monk turned out to be a musical prodigy in addition to a good student and a fine athlete. He studied the trumpet briefly but began exploring the piano at age nine. He was about nine when Marion’s piano teacher took Thelonious on as a student. By his early teens, he read more...
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THELONIOUS MONK Discography

THELONIOUS MONK albums / top albums

THELONIOUS MONK Genius of Modern Music album cover 4.84 | 3 ratings
Genius of Modern Music
Bop 1952
THELONIOUS MONK Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2 album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2
Bop 1952
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious (aka Thelonious Monk Trio aka Monk's Moods aka  The High Priest) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Thelonious (aka Thelonious Monk Trio aka Monk's Moods aka The High Priest)
Bop 1953
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk Plays album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Thelonious Monk Plays
Bop 1954
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk Quintet Vol. 2 album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
Thelonious Monk Quintet Vol. 2
Bop 1954
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk   ‎– Piano Solo (aka The Prophet aka Pure Monk,etc,etc) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Thelonious Monk ‎– Piano Solo (aka The Prophet aka Pure Monk,etc,etc)
Bop 1954
THELONIOUS MONK Blows For LP (Featuring Sonny Rollins) (aka Thelonious Monk Quintet Vol. I) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Blows For LP (Featuring Sonny Rollins) (aka Thelonious Monk Quintet Vol. I)
Bop 1954
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington album cover 4.27 | 5 ratings
Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington
Bop 1956
THELONIOUS MONK The Unique Thelonious Monk album cover 2.75 | 2 ratings
The Unique Thelonious Monk
Bop 1956
THELONIOUS MONK Brilliant Corners album cover 4.60 | 15 ratings
Brilliant Corners
Hard Bop 1957
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Himself album cover 3.62 | 4 ratings
Thelonious Himself
Bop 1957
THELONIOUS MONK Monk's Music album cover 4.81 | 14 ratings
Monk's Music
Bop 1957
THELONIOUS MONK Mulligan Meets Monk album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
Mulligan Meets Monk
Cool Jazz 1957
THELONIOUS MONK Monk (aka We See) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monk (aka We See)
Bop 1958
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Alone in San Francisco album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Thelonious Alone in San Francisco
Bop 1959
THELONIOUS MONK 5 By Monk By 5 (aka The Thelonious Monk Quintet) album cover 3.50 | 3 ratings
5 By Monk By 5 (aka The Thelonious Monk Quintet)
Bop 1959
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane album cover 3.95 | 10 ratings
Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane
Bop 1961
THELONIOUS MONK Criss Cross album cover 4.62 | 8 ratings
Criss Cross
Bop 1963
THELONIOUS MONK Monk's Dream album cover 4.65 | 13 ratings
Monk's Dream
Bop 1963
THELONIOUS MONK It's Monk's Time album cover 3.29 | 7 ratings
It's Monk's Time
Bop 1964
THELONIOUS MONK Monk. album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk.
Bop 1964
THELONIOUS MONK Solo Monk album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Solo Monk
Bop 1965
THELONIOUS MONK Straight, No Chaser album cover 3.88 | 4 ratings
Straight, No Chaser
Bop 1966
THELONIOUS MONK Underground album cover 3.79 | 8 ratings
Underground
Bop 1968
THELONIOUS MONK Monk's Blues album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk's Blues
Big Band 1969
THELONIOUS MONK Something In Blue album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Something In Blue
Bop 1971
THELONIOUS MONK Nice Work in London (aka Blue Sphere) album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Nice Work in London (aka Blue Sphere)
Bop 1971
THELONIOUS MONK The Man I Love album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The Man I Love
Bop 1973
THELONIOUS MONK The London Collection: Volume One album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The London Collection: Volume One
Bop 1988
THELONIOUS MONK The London Collection: Volume Two album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
The London Collection: Volume Two
Bop 1988
THELONIOUS MONK The London Collection: Volume Three album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
The London Collection: Volume Three
Bop 1989
THELONIOUS MONK Les Liaisons Dangereuses album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Jazz Related Soundtracks 2017

THELONIOUS MONK EPs & splits

THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins (aka Work aka The Genius Of Thelonious Monk) album cover 4.57 | 4 ratings
Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins (aka Work aka The Genius Of Thelonious Monk)
Bop 1956
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk and Max Roach - European Tour album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk and Max Roach - European Tour
Bop 1985
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk Quartet / Martial Solal Trio ‎: Live In Berlin 1961 / Live In Essen 1959 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk Quartet / Martial Solal Trio ‎: Live In Berlin 1961 / Live In Essen 1959
Bop 2012

THELONIOUS MONK live albums

THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious In Action (With Johnny Griffin) (aka Way Out!) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Thelonious In Action (With Johnny Griffin) (aka Way Out!)
Bop 1958
THELONIOUS MONK Misterioso album cover 4.94 | 4 ratings
Misterioso
Bop 1958
THELONIOUS MONK The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall album cover 4.40 | 5 ratings
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall
Big Band 1959
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk album cover 3.50 | 4 ratings
Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk
Bop 1960
THELONIOUS MONK Monk in Italy album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Monk in Italy
Bop 1963
THELONIOUS MONK Two Hours With Thelonious (European Concerts By Thelonious Monk) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Two Hours With Thelonious (European Concerts By Thelonious Monk)
Bop 1963
THELONIOUS MONK Big Band and Quartet in Concert album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Big Band and Quartet in Concert
Big Band 1964
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk in Europe Vol.1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk in Europe Vol.1
Bop 1964
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk In Europe Vol.2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk In Europe Vol.2
Bop 1965
THELONIOUS MONK Misterioso (Recorded on Tour) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Misterioso (Recorded on Tour)
Bop 1965
THELONIOUS MONK Paris Jazz Concert, Volume Two album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paris Jazz Concert, Volume Two
Bop 1965
THELONIOUS MONK Monk In France album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk In France
Bop 1965
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk In Europe Vol.3 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk In Europe Vol.3
Bop 1966
THELONIOUS MONK Monk In Tokyo (aka Tokyo Concerts) album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
Monk In Tokyo (aka Tokyo Concerts)
Bop 1969
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk
Bop 1970
THELONIOUS MONK Live In Paris Part 1 (aka Sphere) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris Part 1 (aka Sphere)
Bop 1971
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk In Tokyo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk In Tokyo
Bop 1978
THELONIOUS MONK Live At The Jazz Workshop album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live At The Jazz Workshop
Bop 1982
THELONIOUS MONK Live At The It Club album cover 3.25 | 2 ratings
Live At The It Club
Bop 1982
THELONIOUS MONK Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 1
Bop 1982
THELONIOUS MONK Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Best Moments Of Thelonious Monk Part 2
Bop 1982
THELONIOUS MONK 'Round Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
'Round Midnight
Bop 1983
THELONIOUS MONK Evidence album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evidence
Bop 1983
THELONIOUS MONK Live At Village Gate album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Village Gate
Bop 1985
THELONIOUS MONK Live In Stockholm 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Stockholm 1961
Bop 1987
THELONIOUS MONK Evidence (1987) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Evidence (1987)
Bop 1987
THELONIOUS MONK Monk: On Tour In Europe album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monk: On Tour In Europe
Bop 1988
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk (Musica Jazz) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk (Musica Jazz)
Bop 1988
THELONIOUS MONK Nonet Live In Paris 1967 (aka The Nonet - Live! aka Monk's Music) album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Nonet Live In Paris 1967 (aka The Nonet - Live! aka Monk's Music)
Bop 1988
THELONIOUS MONK Live In Paris, 1964 - Alhambra Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris, 1964 - Alhambra Vol. 1
Bop 1989
THELONIOUS MONK Live In Paris, 1964 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Paris, 1964
Bop 1989
THELONIOUS MONK Jazz Hour With Thelonious Monk, Vol. 2: Epistrophy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jazz Hour With Thelonious Monk, Vol. 2: Epistrophy
Bop 1990
THELONIOUS MONK En Concert Avec Europe 1 Olympia 6-7 Mars 1965 (aka Paris Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 ak Olympia 7 Mars 1965 aka Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
En Concert Avec Europe 1 Olympia 6-7 Mars 1965 (aka Paris Jazz Concert, Vol. 1 ak Olympia 7 Mars 1965 aka Monk In Paris: Live At The Olympia)
Hard Bop 1992
THELONIOUS MONK Live At The Five Spot Discovery! (Featuring John Coltrane) album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Live At The Five Spot Discovery! (Featuring John Coltrane)
Hard Bop 1993
THELONIOUS MONK Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963 Volume 1 · 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, 1963 Volume 1 · 2
Bop 1994
THELONIOUS MONK At Newport 1963 & 1965 album cover 2.50 | 1 ratings
At Newport 1963 & 1965
Bop 2002
THELONIOUS MONK With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall album cover 4.64 | 7 ratings
With John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall
Bop 2005
THELONIOUS MONK After Hours At Minton's album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
After Hours At Minton's
Bop 2006
THELONIOUS MONK Live At The 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At The 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival
Bop 2007
THELONIOUS MONK The Transformer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Transformer
Bop 2007
THELONIOUS MONK 4 / 8 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
4 / 8
Bop 2007
THELONIOUS MONK Unissued Live At Newport 1958-59 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Unissued Live At Newport 1958-59
Bop 2008
THELONIOUS MONK The Last Concerts album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Last Concerts
Bop 2009
THELONIOUS MONK Live in Stereo: Stockholm, Sweden, 16 May 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live in Stereo: Stockholm, Sweden, 16 May 1961
Bop 2011
THELONIOUS MONK Paris 1969 album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Paris 1969
Bop 2013
THELONIOUS MONK Newport '59 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Newport '59
Bop 2013
THELONIOUS MONK Live In Amsterdam 1961 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Amsterdam 1961
Bop 2014
THELONIOUS MONK Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey : Bop Fathers Completed album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monk-Gillespie-Stitt-Blakey : Bop Fathers Completed
Bop 2014
THELONIOUS MONK Live In Köln 1969 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Köln 1969
Bop 2015
THELONIOUS MONK Mønk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Mønk
Bop 2018

THELONIOUS MONK demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

THELONIOUS MONK re-issues & compilations

THELONIOUS MONK Genius of Modern Music Vol 1 album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Genius of Modern Music Vol 1
Bop 1956
THELONIOUS MONK Monk (aka We See aka The Golden Monk aka Thelonious Monk Quintet aka Monk) album cover 3.75 | 2 ratings
Monk (aka We See aka The Golden Monk aka Thelonious Monk Quintet aka Monk)
Bop 1956
THELONIOUS MONK Genius Of Modern Music Volume 2 album cover 4.95 | 2 ratings
Genius Of Modern Music Volume 2
Bop 1956
THELONIOUS MONK Greatest Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Greatest Hits
Bop 1962
THELONIOUS MONK Nica's Tempo (with Gigi Gryce) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Nica's Tempo (with Gigi Gryce)
Bop 1966
THELONIOUS MONK Reflections, Vol. 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Reflections, Vol. 1
Bop 1970
THELONIOUS MONK Who's Afraid of the Big Band Monk? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Who's Afraid of the Big Band Monk?
Big Band 1974
THELONIOUS MONK Sphere (aka Live In Paris Part 1) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sphere (aka Live In Paris Part 1)
Bop 1978
THELONIOUS MONK Epistrophy album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Epistrophy
Bop 1980
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk / Gerry Mulligan : 'Round Midnight album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Monk / Gerry Mulligan : 'Round Midnight
Cool Jazz 1982
THELONIOUS MONK The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Thelonious Monk (aka Complete 1947-1952 Blue Note Recordings) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Blue Note Recordings Of Thelonious Monk (aka Complete 1947-1952 Blue Note Recordings)
Bop 1983
THELONIOUS MONK Blues Five Spot album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Blues Five Spot
Bop 1984
THELONIOUS MONK More Genius Of Thelonious Monk album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
More Genius Of Thelonious Monk
Bop 1985
THELONIOUS MONK Straight No Chaser - Music From The Motion Picture album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Straight No Chaser - Music From The Motion Picture
Jazz Related Soundtracks 1989
THELONIOUS MONK Genius Of Modern Music Volume 1 (CD version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Genius Of Modern Music Volume 1 (CD version)
Bop 1989
THELONIOUS MONK Genius Of Modern Music Volume 2 (CD version) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Genius Of Modern Music Volume 2 (CD version)
Bop 1989
THELONIOUS MONK The Best Of Thelonious Monk  (aka The Essential) album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Best Of Thelonious Monk (aka The Essential)
Bop 1991
THELONIOUS MONK San Francisco Holiday album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
San Francisco Holiday
Bop 1992
THELONIOUS MONK Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, '63 Volume 1 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, '63 Volume 1
Bop 1996
THELONIOUS MONK Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, '63 Volume 2 album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Live At Monterey Jazz Festival, '63 Volume 2
Bop 1997
THELONIOUS MONK Monk (Live in Europe) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Monk (Live in Europe)
Bop 2001
THELONIOUS MONK The Columbia Years '62-'68 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Columbia Years '62-'68
Bop 2001
THELONIOUS MONK The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings
Bop 2006
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk Quartet featuring Johnny Griffin - Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958 album cover 5.00 | 1 ratings
Thelonious Monk Quartet featuring Johnny Griffin - Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958
Bop 2009
THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Himself+Portrait Of An Ermite album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Thelonious Himself+Portrait Of An Ermite
Bop 2010
THELONIOUS MONK The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside
Bop 2010
THELONIOUS MONK The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection
Bop 2012
THELONIOUS MONK Jazz After Midnight album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Jazz After Midnight
Bop 2013
THELONIOUS MONK 'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952
Bop 2014
THELONIOUS MONK Retrospection and Introspection Compiled by Chihiro Yamanaka album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Retrospection and Introspection Compiled by Chihiro Yamanaka
Bop 2017
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Complete Last Recordings
Bop 2018

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THELONIOUS MONK movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Bop 1989

THELONIOUS MONK Reviews

THELONIOUS MONK Thelonious Monk / Sonny Rollins (aka Work aka The Genius Of Thelonious Monk)

Split · 1956 · Bop
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“Thelonious Monk/Sonny Rollins” is one of those thrown together affairs pulled from three different sessions, in fact Rollins does not even appear on every track. Such records are often unsatisfactory, but this one is different as it presents a very coherent musical vision. Some ‘experts’ call this an EP, while others call it an LP. The truth is, with about 18 minutes on the first side and 16 on the back, it falls sort of in between, but possibly closer to an LP. The first recording session for this record took place in November 1953 and featured the Thelonious Monk Quintet, of which Rollins was a member. The second session was in September ‘54 and featured Monk’s trio sans Rollins of course. The last session was in October ‘54 and featured the Rollins’ quartet, of which Monk was the pianist. The track order on this record mixes these sessions up in a way that makes total sense and adds to the feeling of a congruous record.

The playing on here is brilliant, Monk’s career was nearing a peak and he sounds relaxed and happy, far different from the inconsistent performances that came much later in his career. Rollins is also in fine form, supplying endless melodic variations over Monk’s more blunt and percussive accompaniment. The Monk trio cuts feature Art Blakey on drums, whose short solos are inventive displays of metric trickery and phrase manipulation that is a perfect compliment to Monk’s approach to music. The choice of tunes on here is also good. Side one opens with Rollins joyfully flying over two well known upbeat standards, and closes with the Monk trio playing a lesser known Monk original, “Work”, that is quite abstract compared to the two openers. Side two opens with Monk’s trio playing “Nutty”, a piece that appears on many Monk recordings, and closes with his quintet playing another odd Monk favorite, “Friday the 13th”, on which Rollins shows he can easily handle Monk’s peculiar musical creations. This may not be the top record that Monk put out, but it holds up well against many of his best.

THELONIOUS MONK Brilliant Corners

Album · 1957 · Hard Bop
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Not only is “Brilliant Corners” one of Thelonious Monk’s best albums, but its also considered one of the better recordings in the history of jazz. Don’t expect a lot of fireworks from this one though, instead, most of these blues based tunes are played in laid back medium tempos, or even slower, but do expect maximum creativity and a brilliant ensemble that moves together as one mind. Monk does have a particularly strong crew assembled here, with Sonny Rollins and Max Roach on board, plus Ernie Henry and Oscar Pettiford are no slouches either. Clark Terry and Paul Chambers replace Henry and Pettiford for one cut, but they too are up for the great interplay that goes down on this disc.

The album opens with the title cut “Brilliant Corners”, and what a tour de force this one is. This composition has Monk working with rapidly changing tempos and time signatures, such things may be more common today, but this was fairly new ground in 1957, and “Corners” still sounds very modern and ‘cutting edge’ today. This is followed by the laid back avant-blues of “Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are”. Although “Bolivar” may not be as radical as the album opener, it still leaves plenty of room for ‘Monkish’ off-kilter solos and slippery interactions. Side two opens with the ballad like “Pannonica”, on which Monk plays the delicate bell like celeste. His odd approach to harmony sounds even more peculiar on this keyboard, the resultant exotic sounds might have you thinking that we are now in a universe parallel to Sun Ra.

“I Surrender Dear” is a standard that Monk plays in old school stride style and it is the only non-original piece on the album. Its presence acts as an interesting contrast to the more ‘out there’ aspects of the other numbers. The album closes with the Afro-Carribean flavors of “Bemsha Swing”, on which Max plays rumbling tympanies behind the soloists. Monk’s second solo after the trumpet is just splashes of sound and color, foreshadowing the world of avant-garde jazz that was right around the corner in ‘57. If you want to hear why so many jazz fans get effusive when discussing Thelonious Monk, give this one a spin.

THELONIOUS MONK Paris 1969

Live album · 2013 · Bop
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This review is written using the double LP version of this recording. I would imagine when most Monk fans see the 1969 recording date on this album, they not only approach with caution, but probably assume this is one to avoid entirely. The previous year of 1968 had been one of Monk’s roughest, with more time spent in hospitals, rather than clubs. His long time rhythm section finally had to leave him for more work, and only saxophonist Charlie Rouse remained, who was also having problems of his own. Monk’s performances during this time had become spotty and many assumed his career was about over. So it was, in late 1969, Monk and Rouse set out for Europe with a young inexperienced rhythm section in an attempt to prove they still had something to say. “Paris 1969” was recorded on the last day of that tour, and the big surprise is that Monk and his young band sound great.

There are no big surprises on the first two sides of this four sided collection, on which Monk and his band play spirited renditions of well known Monk favorites. This is probably not the most exploratory playing from Monk and Rouse, but they aren’t exactly loafing either. The rhythm section is made up of two young unknowns, (Nate Hygellund on bass and Paris Wright on drums), who were never heard of much again outside of this recording, but they both turn in very strong performances. On side three things change up a bit when Monk plays a few numbers solo. The old school stride version of “I Love You Sweetheart of all my Dreams” is a real treat and must of sounded like a rare jewel during the heavy-handed musical environment of 1969. Also nice is Monk’s solo version of “Crespuscule with Nellie”, a tune that makes a lot more sense the way Monk plays it solo, as opposed to band versions which seem clumsy in comparison.

On side four things change again when Philly Jo Jones takes the drum chair for the last couple numbers. As mentioned earlier, Paris Wright is a solid and even inspired drummer, but Philly Jo is an absolute master of rhythm. Philly Jo’s drum solo on “Nutty” is a textbook example on how a good drummer can expand on the rhythms of the melody through increasingly imaginative variations. The concert closes with Monk and Philly Jo playing short versions of “Blue Monk” and “Epistrophy” that reveal what Monk’s music can really sound like. It’s a bit of a tease coming at the end of the album like it does.

Probably the biggest negative issue with this album is the sound quality. This concert was recorded for TV, and it sounds like a TV broadcast, which means it sounds much better than a bootleg, but not as good as a studio recording. Monk’s music is purposefully coarse and dissonant in the first place, so possibly a rough recording shouldn’t be a big issue.

THELONIOUS MONK The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall

Live album · 1959 · Big Band
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When Thelonious Monk recorded “The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall” in 1959, his career was at a peak, no longer a sometimes derided outsider, Monk had finally emerged as a ‘living legend’, and a recognized leading architect of modern jazz. The concert, at which ‘at Town Hall’ was recorded, received much attention because this was to be Monk’s first attempt at presenting his music in a big band format. Initial critical reception to Monk’s big band performance was somewhat tepid. Many felt that Monk’s band members didn’t really get his music, nor his feel for rhythm, but many years later, after our eardrums have been pummeled with barbaric volume, such idiosyncrasies are probably barely noticeable anymore, ha. But seriously, this recording has aged well, and although Monk’s orchestrations are not particularly revelatory, the combined effort of all the musicians on here results in an imaginative, if somewhat quirky, late 50s hard bop LP.

To get help orchestrating his first big band album, Monk enlisted longtime fan and big band arranger, Hal Overton. The two worked painstakingly on several Monk originals before they called in a band for some rehearsals and then the concert/recording. Despite his well deserved reputation as a composer and innovator, Monk’s orchestrations are not particularly remarkable, but as can be expected, a little bit odd. The choice of instruments favors the low end sounds, and Monk uses this to paint dark murky colors. Similar to his piano playing, much of Monk’s ensemble arrangements are almost simple and plain. His best use of the orchestra comes when he is able to add contrasting lines to his melodies, lines that were often only implied by his piano.

A big plus on here is Monk’s band mates, a virtual all-star crew of jazz talent at that time, including; Donald Byrd, Phil Woods, Charley Rouse, Pepper Adams and more. Phil Woods in particular shines with his ‘bird like’ flight on “Friday the 13th”. On “Little Rootie Tootie”, the entire front line of the band plays Monk’s original recorded solo as a unison solo. The end result of so many horns trying to stay together on such a jaggedy solo results in some humorous train wrecks. Monk’s playing is brilliant throughout, but especially on “Monk’s Mood” where his rhythmic shifts produce almost hallucinogenic effects. Overall, this isn’t one of Monk’s best, but it still rates high in his discography, and due to the big band format, partly as a curiosity.

THELONIOUS MONK Misterioso

Live album · 1958 · Bop
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Although Thelonious Monk’s contributions to jazz are highly regarded, it doesn’t mean that everything he recorded was gold. Especially towards the end of his career, Monk’s performances could be inconsistent or uninspired. Also, with shifting band personal, Monk sometimes had to work with musicians who did not exactly click with his difficult music. This leads to the question, which of his albums show Monk and his band at their best? Amongst possible candidates for this honor, the live set “Misterioso” rates very high. Not only is Monk on fire here, but he has an excellent band too, with the always imaginative Roy Haynes on drums, rock solid Ahmed Abdul Malik on bass and the high flying Johnny Griffin on tenor sax. In fact, Griffin’s soaring performance almost steals the show. There are only two Monk albums that feature Griffin, the other one is “Monk in Action”, which is the other half of the live set that makes up this disc.

“Misterioso” was recorded in Augaust 1958 at NYC’s Five Spot at a time when Monk’s career had just peaked, and the new avant-garde, which would make Monk no longer appear to be such an iconoclast, was just starting to appear. Surely Johnny Griffith’s astonishing rapid flow of notes is an under-rated predecessor to the new free jazz stylists. Griffith’s ‘sheets of sound’ tend to stay tonal, but the sheer intensity of his playing was a ‘new thing’. Some early critics felt Griffith’s excessive approach was at odds with Monk’s well-timed minimalist approach, but the two musicians actually compliment each other well, and both sound very happy to interact with each other’s direction and vision. Roy Haynes also contributes to the rhythmic interplay, and adds some excellent drum solos that demonstrate how a creative drummer can convey, and re-construct, the melody of a tune.

For Monk collectors, “Misterioso” is a must have, and for those wishing to check out his music, this is a great place to start. The almost kitsch beat-era album cover is a plus too.

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