Big Band and Quartet in Concert

Big Band and Quartet in Concert

by Thelonious Monk
     
 

This is one of pianist-composer Thelonious Monk's greatest recordings and represents a high point in his career. Performing at Philharmonic Hall in New York, Monk is heard taking an unaccompanied solo on "Darkness on the Delta" and jamming with his quartet (which had Charlie Rouse on tenor, bassist Butch Warren<See more details below

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This is one of pianist-composer Thelonious Monk's greatest recordings and represents a high point in his career. Performing at Philharmonic Hall in New York, Monk is heard taking an unaccompanied solo on "Darkness on the Delta" and jamming with his quartet (which had Charlie Rouse on tenor, bassist Butch Warren, and drummer Frank Dunlop) on fine versions of "Played Twice" and a previously unreleased rendition of "Misterioso." However, this two-CD set has its most memorable moments during the six full-length performances by a ten-piece group. Monk's quartet was joined by cornetist Thad Jones, trumpeter Nick Travis, Steve Lacy on soprano, altoist Phil Woods, baritonist Gene Allen, and trombonist Eddie Bert. Jones and Woods have plenty of solos and, although Lacy surprisingly does not have any individual spots, his soprano is a major part of some of the ensembles. Most remarkable is "Four in One," which after one of Monk's happiest (and very rhythmic) solos features the orchestra playing a Hal Overton transcription of a complex and rather exuberant Monk solo taken from his original record. This two-CD set is a gem and can be considered essential for all jazz collections.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2008
Label:
Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC:
0886972405421
catalogNumber:
724054
Rank:
20689

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Thad Jones   Cornet
Steve Lacy   Soprano Saxophone
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Butch Warren   Bass
Gene Allen   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Frankie Dunlop   Drums
Phil Woods   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Thelonious Monk Quartet   Track Performer
Thelonious Monk Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Teo Macero   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Author
Hall Overton   Arranger
John Snyder   Reissue Producer
Mark A. Humphrey   Liner Notes
Allen Weinberg   Art Direction
Vic Anesini   Remixing,Mastering
Mark Humphrey   Liner Notes

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