The Very Best of Thelonious Monk

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All Music Guide - Campbell
As part of Concord Jazz Very Best Of series, pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is spotlighted on ten previously released cuts taken from his stints with Prestige and Riverside in the '50s. The ten tracks, aimed at the casual listener, include the modern jazz classics composed by Monk, "Round Midnight," Ruby, My Dear," "Hackensack," "Blue Monk," "Bemsha Swing ," and "Well, You Needn't ." Monk also pays homage to two of his early piano influences, Duke Ellington on his "Sophisticated Lady," and a standard written by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf, "Honeysuckle Rose." Appearing on these various dates are an extraordinary roster of musicians including saxophonists Sonny Rollins, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
As part of Concord Jazz Very Best Of series, pianist and composer Thelonious Monk is spotlighted on ten previously released cuts taken from his stints with Prestige and Riverside in the '50s. The ten tracks, aimed at the casual listener, include the modern jazz classics composed by Monk, "Round Midnight," Ruby, My Dear," "Hackensack," "Blue Monk," "Bemsha Swing ," and "Well, You Needn't ." Monk also pays homage to two of his early piano influences, Duke Ellington on his "Sophisticated Lady," and a standard written by Fats Waller and Andy Razaf, "Honeysuckle Rose." Appearing on these various dates are an extraordinary roster of musicians including saxophonists Sonny Rollins, Frank Foster, Gigi Gryce, John Coltrane, and Coleman Hawkins, not to mention Monk's choice of drummers -- those who could do justice to his challenging angular rhythms -- Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Kenny Clarke. This is a decent budget-line collection but the better choice is the double-disc, 21-track compilation The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside, which makes a fine companion to The Essential Thelonious Monk, on Blue Note, which spotlights the years 1947-1952, and Columbia's 1962-1968. Keep in mind that all the original albums remain in print as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/7/2012
  • Label: Fantasy
  • UPC: 888072337565
  • Catalog Number: 33756
  • Sales rank: 98,254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Monk (7:38)
  2. 2 Hackensack (5:10)
  3. 3 Sophisticated Lady (4:31)
  4. 4 Bemsha Swing (7:44)
  5. 5 Honeysuckle Rose (5:33)
  6. 6 Ruby, My Dear (5:25)
  7. 7 Well, You Needn't (11:25)
  8. 8 Trinkle, Tinkle (6:41)
  9. 9 Nutty (5:25)
  10. 10 'Round Midnight (6:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelonious Monk Primary Artist, Piano, Soloist
Johnny Griffin Tenor Saxophone
Gigi Gryce Alto Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Max Roach Drums, Timpani
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur Ware Bass
Coleman Hawkins Tenor Saxophone
Percy Heath Bass
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Ahmed Abdul-Malik Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Paul Chambers Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Kenny Clarke Drums
John Coltrane Tenor Saxophone
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Roy Haynes Drums
Curly Russell Bass
Shadow Wilson Drums
Technical Credits
Cootie Williams Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Greg Allen Art Direction
Denzil Best Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Bernie Hanighen Composer
Neil Tesser Liner Notes
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Thomas Waller Composer
Roberto Polillo Cover Photo
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