The Essential Thelonious Monk [2003]

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Calling an album "The Essential Thelonious Monk" is a bit misleading, especially since all the material comes from one label: Columbia. Nonetheless, this may arguably be the essential Thelonious Monk material on the label. There are 11 selections here, all recorded between 1962-1968, the period of Monk's tenure with the label. Produced for reissues by the estimable Didier C. Deutsch, Monk's essentials include recordings from all of his settings with the label: solo the album opens with the stunning rendition of "'Round Midnight" from the Monk Alone album, followed by a live quartet outing of "Bemsha Swing" and a "Blue Monk" from the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival featuring Pee ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Calling an album "The Essential Thelonious Monk" is a bit misleading, especially since all the material comes from one label: Columbia. Nonetheless, this may arguably be the essential Thelonious Monk material on the label. There are 11 selections here, all recorded between 1962-1968, the period of Monk's tenure with the label. Produced for reissues by the estimable Didier C. Deutsch, Monk's essentials include recordings from all of his settings with the label: solo the album opens with the stunning rendition of "'Round Midnight" from the Monk Alone album, followed by a live quartet outing of "Bemsha Swing" and a "Blue Monk" from the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival featuring Pee Wee Russell on clarinet. Also included are the various rhythm sections Monk employed, beginning with Charlie Rouse. There's "Rhythm-A-Ning" with John Ore and Frankie Dunlop, "Blue Monk" with Butch Warren and Dunlop, and Larry Gales and Ben Riley on "Misterioso," "Epistrophy," "Straight No Chaser," and "Well You Needn't." Monk's big band is also represented here on "Brilliant Corners," whose members included Conte Candoli, Bob Brookmeyer, Ernie Watts, and Michael Wimberly. In all, the collection is solid in that it features top-notch, unique readings of many of Monk's classic tunes. And, as some have argued, Monk's Columbia period has been underestimated and overlooked; if this is true, these may indeed be the "essential" performances. It hardly matters, though; all of this material -- originally produced by Teo Macero -- is for beginners, a great place to start a Monk collection with its brilliant selection and stellar sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998917521
  • Catalog Number: 89175
  • Sales rank: 36,015

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 'Round Midnight (3:51)
  2. 2 Bemsha Swing (4:29)
  3. 3 Blue Monk (11:18)
  4. 4 Rhythm-A-Ning (3:56)
  5. 5 Epistrophy (5:31)
  6. 6 Crepuscule With Nellie (2:46)
  7. 7 Misterioso (8:24)
  8. 8 Brilliant Corners (3:53)
  9. 9 Well, You Needn't (12:43)
  10. 10 Ruby, My Dear (5:42)
  11. 11 Straight, No Chaser (11:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelonious Monk Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Bob Brookmeyer Trumpet
Conte Candoli Trumpet
Larry Gales Bass
Charlie Rouse Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet
Butch Warren Bass
Ben Riley Drums
Billy Byers Trombone
Gene Cipriano Saxophone
Frankie Dunlop Drums
John Guerin Percussion
Howard Roberts Guitar
John Ore Bass
Ernie Small Saxophone
Ernie Watts Saxophone
Michael Wimberly Trombone
Fred Hill Trumpet
Thomas Scott Saxophone
Technical Credits
Cootie Williams Composer
Denzil Best Composer
Kenny Clarke Composer
James Isaacs Liner Notes
Teo Macero Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Joseph M. Palmaccio Mastering
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
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