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Thelonious Himself
     

Thelonious Himself

by Thelonious Monk
 

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On each of his first three recordings for Riverside, Thelonious Monk included a solo piano presentation, and for many listeners, these were the highlights of each recital. And so it was decided that Monk's fourth Riverside recording, Thelonious Himself, would be composed entirely of solo interpretations; well, almost. Like a

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On each of his first three recordings for Riverside, Thelonious Monk included a solo piano presentation, and for many listeners, these were the highlights of each recital. And so it was decided that Monk's fourth Riverside recording, Thelonious Himself, would be composed entirely of solo interpretations; well, almost. Like a great actor finding heretofore obscure layers of meaning in a familiar soliloquy, Monk takes familiar themes such as "April in Paris," "I Should Care," and "Almost Alone" and distills them down to a single essence. Where most pianists would simply expand upon the tune (or employ the chord changes as a showcase for their own variations), Monk keeps everything focused on thematic materials. For his final selection, "Monk's Mood," the pianist insisted on adding bassist Wilbur Ware and an up-and-coming tenor saxophonist named John Coltrane. By allowing them to italicize and expand upon his basslines and lead melody, Monk enabled listeners to zero in on the essence of his solo and ensemble styles.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/16/2008
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0888072305106
catalogNumber:
30510
Rank:
129548

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Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano
Wilbur Ware   Bass
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Higgins   Recorder

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer,Audio Production,Annotation,Original Album Producer,Original Liner Notes
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
George Bassman   Composer
Paul Bacon   Cover Design
Larissa Collins   Art Direction

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