Complete Prestige Recordings

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Thelonious Monk was only with Prestige from 1952-1954, which explains why Fantasy's The Complete Prestige Recordings contains only three CDs. But Monk's Prestige output is noteworthy and generally rewarding, if imperfect at times. Not everything on The Complete Prestige Recordings is essential, but for the serious Monk collector, its rewards are great. The set gets off to an interesting start with four 1944 recordings from a Coleman Hawkins session. The material originally came out on the small Joe Davis label, but these performances are historically important because they marked the first time Monk was recorded as a sideman, and the first time that Prestige founder Bob ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Thelonious Monk was only with Prestige from 1952-1954, which explains why Fantasy's The Complete Prestige Recordings contains only three CDs. But Monk's Prestige output is noteworthy and generally rewarding, if imperfect at times. Not everything on The Complete Prestige Recordings is essential, but for the serious Monk collector, its rewards are great. The set gets off to an interesting start with four 1944 recordings from a Coleman Hawkins session. The material originally came out on the small Joe Davis label, but these performances are historically important because they marked the first time Monk was recorded as a sideman, and the first time that Prestige founder Bob Weinstock was exposed to Monk. The set then fast forwards to Monk's Prestige period, when he led various trios and quintets and was employed as a sideman by Sonny Rollins and Miles Davis. All of disc three is devoted to 1954's historic Davis/Monk encounter; unfortunately, Davis and Monk's egos clashed, but that didn't prevent them from delivering memorable performances. The Complete Prestige Recordings isn't for casual listeners, but it has a lot more ups than downs, and is enthusiastically recommended to serious jazz collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2000
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 025218442824
  • Catalog Number: 4428
  • Sales rank: 24,741

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flyin' Hawk (2:51)
  2. 2 Recollections (2:55)
  3. 3 Drifting on a Reed (3:06)
  4. 4 On the Bean (2:43)
  5. 5 Bye-Ya (2:47)
  6. 6 Monk's Dream (3:07)
  7. 7 Sweet and Lovely (3:36)
  8. 8 Little Rootie Tootie (3:07)
  9. 9 Bemsha Swing (3:11)
  10. 10 Reflections (2:48)
  11. 11 These Foolish Things (2:48)
  12. 12 Trinkle, Tinkle (2:51)
  13. 13 Think of One (5:40)
  14. 14 Let's Call This (5:07)
  15. 15 Think of One (5:46)
  16. 16 Friday the 13th (10:36)
Disc 2
  1. 1 We See (5:17)
  2. 2 Locomotive (6:23)
  3. 3 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (4:32)
  4. 4 Hackensack (5:12)
  5. 5 Nutty (5:18)
  6. 6 Just a Gigolo (3:02)
  7. 7 Work (5:19)
  8. 8 Blue Monk (7:38)
  9. 9 I Want to Be Happy (7:45)
  10. 10 The Way You Look Tonight (5:14)
  11. 11 More Than You Know (10:53)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Bag's Groove (11:10)
  2. 2 Bemsha Swing (9:33)
  3. 3 The Man I Love (8:31)
  4. 4 Swing Spring (10:46)
  5. 5 Bag's Groove (9:18)
  6. 6 The Man I Love (7:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelonious Monk Primary Artist, Piano
Miles Davis Trumpet
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Julius Watkins French Horn
Tommy Potter Bass
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Percy Heath Bass
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Denzil Best Drums
Kenny Clarke Drums
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Willie Jones Drums
Curly Russell Bass
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Miles Davis Composer
Milt Jackson Composer, Vibe Master
Vincent Youmans Composer
Coleman Hawkins Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Gus Arnheim Composer
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Ira Gitler Session Director
Doug Hawkins Engineer
Peter Keepnews Liner Notes
Thelonious Monk Composer
Charlie Parker Composer
Axl Rose Composer
Slash Composer
Walter Thomas Composer
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
Shigeo Miyamoto Mastering
Edward Eliscu Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels) Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Leonello Casucci Composer
Billy Rose Composer
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