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Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 [2001 Bonus Tracks]
     

Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 [2001 Bonus Tracks]

by Thelonious Monk
 

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The second volume in this two-disc series displays Thelonious Monk coming into his own fully as a leader. The program consists almost entirely of original compositions, and in fact it opens with two of his most difficult: "Four in One" (with its conventional bop intro that leads into a bizarre, repeated five-against-two quintuplet

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The second volume in this two-disc series displays Thelonious Monk coming into his own fully as a leader. The program consists almost entirely of original compositions, and in fact it opens with two of his most difficult: "Four in One" (with its conventional bop intro that leads into a bizarre, repeated five-against-two quintuplet sequence) and the forbiddingly abstract "Criss Cross." Get through those and you'll eventually be rewarded with the relatively straightforward, blues-based "Straight No Chaser" and the sweet ballad "Ask Me Now," among other treats. Sidemen include the young trumpeter Kenny Dorham and bassist Al McKibbon, as well as a more clued-in Art Blakey and (replacing Blakey on half of the program) Max Roach. Sahib Shihab's sax tone is more appropriate this time out, and the production quality is somewhat better. This disc, along with Volume 1, belongs in every jazz collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2001
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0724353213923
catalogNumber:
32139

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Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Max Roach   Drums
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Smith   Tenor Saxophone
McKibbon   Bass
Gene Ramey   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Kenny "Pancho" Hagood   Vocals
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

Joe Burke   Composer
Michael Cuscuna   Producer,Reissue Producer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Doug Hawkins   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Francis Wolff   Cover Photo
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Paul Bacon   Cover Design

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