Best of the Blue Note Years

The Best of the Blue Note Years

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by Thelonious Monk
     
 

Jazz's greatest composer, Duke Ellington, wrote 2,000 tunes. Jazz's next greatest composer, Thelonious Monk, wrote fewer than 70.This set, culled from his first dates as a leader (1947-1952), has key recordings of 14, including "Round Midnight," "Ruby My Dear," "Well You Needn't," "Straight No Chaser," and "Monk's Mood" -- and throws in…  See more details below

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Jazz's greatest composer, Duke Ellington, wrote 2,000 tunes. Jazz's next greatest composer, Thelonious Monk, wrote fewer than 70.This set, culled from his first dates as a leader (1947-1952), has key recordings of 14, including "Round Midnight," "Ruby My Dear," "Well You Needn't," "Straight No Chaser," and "Monk's Mood" -- and throws in a version of "April in Paris" for good measure. Thelonious Monk is the single degree of separation for all forms of jazz. His groundbreaking piano style combined the romping left hand and metronomic rhythmic tide of the stride pianists he idolized, yet with his unorthodox use of dissonant chord clusters he proved that, in jazz, there was no such thing as a "right" or "wrong" chord, thus clearing the way for all the far-flung experimentation to come. There are memorable horn soloists on many of these recordings, but the ear is constantly pulled to the distinctive pianist, plinking and plonking, glissing and thumping, a tell-tale heart of swinging imagination.

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
For listeners unsure about diving into Monk's entire Blue Note catalog, this best-of roundup makes for a very fine alternative. Covering his bebop-era work from the late '40s and early '50s, the 16-track collection finds Monk in his early prime with such up-and-coming jazz standards as "Ruby, My Dear," "In Walked Bud," "'Round Midnight," and "Straight No Chaser." And unlike much of the pianist's later work on Riverside and Columbia, here the sound is compact and fleet, with some of the best solos to be heard on any classic bop date. One can especially credit the likes of Lou Donaldson, Lucky Thompson, Kenny Dorham, and Art Blakey for that. And there's several stellar sidemen and 12 sides of peak jazz still to mention.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/1991
Label:
Blue Note Records
UPC:
0077779563623
catalogNumber:
95636
Rank:
66078

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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
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

Technical Credits

Doug Hawkins   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Harry Smith   Engineer

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The Best of the Blue Note Years 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GrungeFan More than 1 year ago
A great CD for any fan of Thelonious Monk. My favorite song on the CD is 'Round Midnight