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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Recorded at the beginning of John Coltrane’s five-month tenure with Thelonious Monk, when the two men were still learning each other’s moves, the eight lengthy compositions here most of which appeared on Monk’s Music and Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, as well as on numerous reissues thereafter, constituted the only documentation of this transformative association for close to half a century. These studio sessions -- a drummerless trio with Monk, Coltrane, and bassist Wilbur Ware; a septet propelled by Art Blakey and pairing Coltrane with Coleman Hawkins, Monk’s early employer and supporter; and three legendary tracks by the first Five Spot quartet, with Shadow Wilson ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Recorded at the beginning of John Coltrane’s five-month tenure with Thelonious Monk, when the two men were still learning each other’s moves, the eight lengthy compositions here most of which appeared on Monk’s Music and Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, as well as on numerous reissues thereafter, constituted the only documentation of this transformative association for close to half a century. These studio sessions -- a drummerless trio with Monk, Coltrane, and bassist Wilbur Ware; a septet propelled by Art Blakey and pairing Coltrane with Coleman Hawkins, Monk’s early employer and supporter; and three legendary tracks by the first Five Spot quartet, with Shadow Wilson fueling the fire on drums -- were superseded in 2005 with the release of At Carnegie Hall, based on newly discovered, professional-quality tapes of two Monk-Coltrane sets from their fourth month together. This release collates the entire proceedings of the four studio sessions, including five takes of “Crepuscule with Nellie,” among them a breakdown take on which Monk falls asleep at the piano; a false start of “Monk’s Mood”; and an aborted run-through of “Well, You Needn’t.” More essential perhaps is the 24-bit digital remastering and a detailed, first-person account by producer Orrin Keepnews. Hearing Monk and Coltrane coalesce from the rather tentative readings of “Well, You Needn’t” and “Off Minor” to the assured mastery of “Ruby, My Dear,” “Nutty,” and “Trinkle, Tinkle” from the quartet sessions is nothing less than fascinating. Coleman Hawkins’s own reading of "Ruby My Dear" remains, and will forever be, a masterpiece of the canon.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Hardcore jazzheads with no doubt be delighted with this double-disc set that includes all the recordings Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane did together in 1957 for Riverside. Never mind that the vast majority of this material has been issued several times. There are two cuts that have never appeared before: an alternate of "Crepuscule with Nellie" from the septet sessions for Monk's Music on June 25 and 26 ( with Gigi Gryce, Coleman Hawkins, bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Shadow Wilson), and an alternate of "Abide with Me" with just Trane, Hawkins, and Gryce. There are also two tracks -- one of them a false start with Ware and Coltrane -- of "Monk's Mood," recorded on April 12 for inclusion on the otherwise solo Thelonious Himself album. The remaining three cuts with Ware, Wilson, and Coltrane were taken form the At the Five Spot live recording. Orrin Keepnews compiled this collection and wrote a wonderful and insightful essay about recording this music. It was all arranged chronologically, meaning there are no less than five takes in total of "Crepuscule with Nellie" taking up the vast majority of disc one. For those who have to have absolutely everything.
San Francisco Chronicle - Lee Hildebrand
Monk's jagged, harmonically challenging style was an ideal catalyst for Coltrane's free-flowing approach to improvisation, making for one of the most monumental matches in jazz history.
Los Angeles Daily News - Glenn Whipp
1/2 The packaging is first-rate, and producer Orrin Keepnews' insightful essay about the making of these sublime recordings is almost worth the price alone.

Monk's jagged, harmonically challenging style was an ideal catalyst for Coltrane's free-flowing approach to improvisation, making for one of the most monumental matches in jazz history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/27/2006
  • Label: Riverside
  • UPC: 888072300279
  • Catalog Number: 30027
  • Sales rank: 26,051

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monk's Mood (0:55)
  2. 2 Monk's Mood (7:52)
  3. 3 Crepuscule with Nellie (4:34)
  4. 4 Crepuscule with Nellie (4:42)
  5. 5 Crepuscule with Nellie (Breakdown) (0:55)
  6. 6 Blues for Tomorrow (13:33)
  7. 7 Crepuscule with Nellie (4:46)
  8. 8 Crepuscule with Nellie (4:39)
  9. 9 Off Minor (5:15)
  10. 10 Off Minor (5:07)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Abide with Me (0:54)
  2. 2 Abide with Me (0:54)
  3. 3 Epistrophy (3:09)
  4. 4 Epistrophy (10:46)
  5. 5 Well, You Needn't (1:26)
  6. 6 Well, You Needn't (11:23)
  7. 7 Ruby, My Dear (5:25)
  8. 8 Ruby, My Dear (6:21)
  9. 9 Nutty (6:38)
  10. 10 Trinkle, Tinkle (6:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelonious Monk Primary Artist, Piano
Gigi Gryce Alto Saxophone
Wilbur Ware Bass, Upright Bass
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Art Blakey Drums
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Technical Credits
Gigi Gryce Composer
Kenny Clarke Composer
Ray Fowler Engineer
Jack Higgins Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer, Liner Notes, Reissue Producer, Audio Production, Annotation
Thelonious Monk Arranger, Composer
Joe Tarantino Remastering
Jamie Putnam Art Direction
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