Complete Riverside Recordings

Complete Riverside Recordings

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by Thelonious Monk
     
 

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The studio and live recording sessions that Thelonious Monk cut during his six-year stay at the Riverside label are compiled over the 15 discs in the Complete Riverside Recordings. This middle era -- between his early sides for Prestige and the final ones for Columbia -- is generally considered Monk's most ingenious and creative period. The sessions areSee more details below

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The studio and live recording sessions that Thelonious Monk cut during his six-year stay at the Riverside label are compiled over the 15 discs in the Complete Riverside Recordings. This middle era -- between his early sides for Prestige and the final ones for Columbia -- is generally considered Monk's most ingenious and creative period. The sessions are presented in chronological order, accurately charting the progression and diversions of one of the most genuinely enigmatic figures in popular music. The Complete Riverside Recordings explores Monk's genius with a certain degree of real-time analysis that simply listening to each of the individual albums from this era lacks. This is due in part to the 14 additional performances exclusive to this collection. However, a more satisfying level of assessing Monk's indelible marks of extemporaneous perfection can be heard within his prankster-like sense of timing or innate penchant for sophisticated arrangements. Among the sessions captured on this exhaustive set are the Duke Ellington sides and the Sonny Rollins era (which yielded the genre-defining Brilliant Corners), as well as meetings with Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, and Gerry Mulligan. Additionally, the entire Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall performance is presented just as it went down -- with solo and quartet sets intact. Accompanying the discs is a 28-page full-size (12"x12") booklet that is indispensable in dispelling myths and making sense of the convoluted and seemingly random order in which many of these recordings have been previously issued. It also contains a complete sessionography annotated by Monk's producer during this era, Orrin Keepnews. This is a convenient, albeit pricey way to obtain all of this remarkable music.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/22/1991
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0025218102223
catalogNumber:
22

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  2. Sophisticated Lady
  3. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  4. Black and Tan Fantasy
  5. Mood Indigo
  6. I Let a Song Go out of My Heart
  7. Solitude
  8. Caravan
  9. Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away)
  10. Memories of You
  11. Honeysuckle Rose
  12. Darn That Dream
  13. Tea for Two

Disc 2

  1. You Are Too Beautiful
  2. Just You, Just Me
  3. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
  4. Pannonica (Opening)
  5. Pannonica
  6. Brilliant Corners
  7. Bemsha Swing
  8. I Surrender, Dear

Disc 3

  1. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
  2. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You
  3. I Should Care
  4. I Should Care
  5. I Should Care
  6. 'round Midnight
  7. 'round Midnight
  8. April in Paris
  9. I'm Getting Sentimental over You
  10. Monk's Mood
  11. Monk's Mood

Disc 4

  1. Functional
  2. Functional
  3. All Alone
  4. Crepuscule with Nellie
  5. Crepuscule With Nellie (Breakdown)
  6. Blues for Tomorrow
  7. Off Minor
  8. Off Minor
  9. Abide with Me
  10. Crepuscule with Nellie
  11. Crepuscule with Nellie

Disc 5

  1. Epistrophy
  2. Epistrophy
  3. Well, You Needn't (Opening)
  4. Well, You Needn't
  5. Ruby, My Dear
  6. Ruby, My Dear
  7. Nutty
  8. Trinkle, Tinkle
  9. Straight, No Chaser
  10. Straight, No Chaser
  11. Rhythm-A-Ning

Disc 6

  1. I Mean You
  2. I Mean You
  3. I Mean You
  4. 'Round Midnight
  5. Decidedly
  6. Decidedly
  7. Sweet and Lovely
  8. Coming on the Hudson
  9. In Orbit
  10. One Foot in the Gutter

Disc 7

  1. Trust in Me
  2. Let's Cool One
  3. Pea-Eye
  4. Argentia
  5. Moonlight Fiesta
  6. Buck's Business
  7. Flugelin' the Blues
  8. Very Near Bllue
  9. Evidence
  10. Blues Five Spot
  11. In Walked Bud/Epistrophy (Theme)

Disc 8

  1. Unidentified Solo Piano
  2. 'Round Midnight
  3. Bye-Ya/Epistrophy (Theme)
  4. Light Blue
  5. Coming on the Hudson
  6. Rhythm-A-Ning
  7. Just a Gigolo
  8. Blue Monk
  9. Evidence
  10. Epistrophy (Theme)

Disc 9

  1. Nutty
  2. Blues Five Spot
  3. Let's Cool One
  4. In Walked Bud
  5. Misterioso
  6. Epistrophy
  7. In Walked Bud
  8. Blue Monk

Disc 10

  1. Rhythm-A-Ning
  2. Monk's Mood
  3. Friday the 13th
  4. Little Rootie Tootie
  5. Off Minor
  6. Thelonious
  7. Crepuscule with Nellie
  8. Little Rootie Tootie (Encore)

Disc 11

  1. Played Twice
  2. Played Twice
  3. Played Twice
  4. Straight, No Chaser
  5. Ask Me Now
  6. I Mean You
  7. Jackie-Ing
  8. Round Lights
  9. Pannonica
  10. Blue Monk

Disc 12

  1. Ruby, My Dear
  2. There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie
  3. There's Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie
  4. Everything Happens to Me
  5. Reflections
  6. Remember
  7. Bluehawk
  8. You Took the Words Right out of My Heart
  9. San Francisco Holiday
  10. Just You, Just Me
  11. 'round Midnight
  12. San Francisco Holiday

Disc 13

  1. I'm Getting Sentimental over You
  2. Evidence
  3. Epistrophy (Theme)
  4. Epistrophy
  5. Four in One
  6. Let's Call This
  7. 'Round Midnight
  8. San Francisco Holiday
  9. Four in One
  10. Epistrophy (Theme)

Disc 14

  1. Well, You Needn't
  2. Crepuscule with Nellie
  3. Jackie-Ing
  4. Body and Soul
  5. Off Minor
  6. April in Paris
  7. I Mean You
  8. Rhythm-A-Ning
  9. Just a Gigolo

Disc 15

  1. Hackensack
  2. Epistrophy
  3. I'm Getting Sentimental over You
  4. Jackie-Ing
  5. Body and Soul
  6. Straight, No Chaser
  7. Crepuscule with Nellie
  8. Bemsha Swing
  9. San Francisco Holiday
  10. Rhythm-A-Ning
  11. Epistrophy

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Bert   Trombone
Joe Gordon   Trumpet
Johnny Griffin   Tenor Saxophone
Gigi Gryce   Alto Saxophone
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone
Billy Higgins   Drums
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Thad Jones   Cornet
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Shelly Manne   Drums
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Max Roach   Drums,Timpani
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Art Taylor   Drums
Wilbur Ware   Bass
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Ray Copeland   Trumpet
Ahmed Abdul-Malik   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Donald Byrd   Trumpet
Paul Chambers   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Frankie Dunlop   Drums
Roy Haynes   Drums
Jay McAllister   Tuba
Robert "Brother Ah" Northern   French Horn
John Ore   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Phil Woods   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Matt Dennis   Composer
Clark Terry   Composer
Ray Fowler   Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Reice Hamel   Engineer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Liner Notes
Harry Richman   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Jack Maskill   Composer
Pete Wendling   Composer

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