Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 [2001 Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Volume 1 of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music set comprises the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader, on October 15 and 24 and November 21 of 1947. It's impossible to overstate the importance of these sessions. They include some of the earliest recordings of Monk compositions that would become standards, despite their angularity and technical difficulty: the strange, sideways chord progression of "Thelonious"; the bouncy and cheerful but melodically cockeyed "Well, You Needn't"; the post-bop Bud Powell tribute "In Walked Bud"; and, of course, "'Round Midnight," which is now one of the most frequently recorded jazz compositions ever. There are kinks to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Volume 1 of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music set comprises the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader, on October 15 and 24 and November 21 of 1947. It's impossible to overstate the importance of these sessions. They include some of the earliest recordings of Monk compositions that would become standards, despite their angularity and technical difficulty: the strange, sideways chord progression of "Thelonious"; the bouncy and cheerful but melodically cockeyed "Well, You Needn't"; the post-bop Bud Powell tribute "In Walked Bud"; and, of course, "'Round Midnight," which is now one of the most frequently recorded jazz compositions ever. There are kinks to be worked out: Art Blakey's drumming is fine, but he obviously hasn't quite taken the measure of Monk's compositional genius, and on the November session, alto saxophonist Sahib Shihab employs a fat, warbly tone that sounds out of place. But the excitement of discovery permeates every measure, and Monk himself is in top form, his solos jagged and strange, yet utterly beautiful. This first volume of Genius of Modern Music, along with the second, belongs in every jazz collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2001
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 724353213824
  • Catalog Number: 32138
  • Sales rank: 61,006

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Humph (2:55)
  2. 2 Evonce (3:04)
  3. 3 Suburban Eyes (3:02)
  4. 4 Thelonious (3:01)
  5. 5 Evonce (3:03)
  6. 6 Suburban Eyes (2:58)
  7. 7 Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:01)
  8. 8 Ruby, My Dear (3:10)
  9. 9 Well You Needn't (2:59)
  10. 10 April in Paris (3:21)
  11. 11 Off Minor (3:03)
  12. 12 Introspection (3:13)
  13. 13 Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:03)
  14. 14 Ruby, My Dear (3:07)
  15. 15 Well, You Needn't (2:57)
  16. 16 April in Paris (2:42)
  17. 17 In Walked Bud (2:57)
  18. 18 Monk's Mood (3:10)
  19. 19 Who Knows? (2:45)
  20. 20 'Round Midnight (3:13)
  21. 21 Who Knows? (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelonious Monk Primary Artist, Piano
Kenny Dorham Trumpet
Milt Jackson Vibes
Max Roach Drums
Lucky Thompson Tenor Saxophone
Bill Smith Tenor Saxophone
Al McKibbon Bass
Gene Ramey Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Nelson Boyd Bass
Lou Donaldson Alto Saxophone
Sahib Shihab Alto Saxophone
John Simmons Bass
Idrees Sulieman Trumpet
Danny Quebec West Alto Saxophone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Bob Paige Bass
George Taitt Trumpet
Billy Smith Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Reissue Producer
Rudy Van Gelder Mastering
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Doug Hawkins Engineer
Alfred Lion Producer
Bob Blumenthal Liner Notes
Paul Bacon Cover Design
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