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Big Band and Quartet in Concert

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972405421
  • Catalog Number: 724054
  • Sales rank: 40,062

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bye-Ya (11:23)
  2. 2 I Mean You - Thelonious Monk Orchestra (12:51)
  3. 3 Evidence - Thelonious Monk Orchestra (13:54)
  4. 4 Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk Orchestra (2:06)
  5. 5 (When It's) Darkness on the Delta (5:15)
  6. 6 Played Twice (7:48)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Misterioso (9:43)
  2. 2 Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk Quartet (1:17)
  3. 3 Light Blue - Thelonious Monk Orchestra (12:53)
  4. 4 Oska T. - Thelonious Monk Orchestra (13:19)
  5. 5 Four in One - Thelonious Monk Orchestra (14:43)
  6. 6 Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk Orchestra (2:23)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelonious Monk Primary Artist, Primary Artist, 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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