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Complete Prestige Recordings
     

Complete Prestige Recordings

by Thelonious Monk
 
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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/22/2000
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0025218442824
catalogNumber:
4428
Rank:
19122

Tracks

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
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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