Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane

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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Taped at a November 1957 benefit concert by the Voice of America and unearthed only this year, Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall is a major addition to the discographies of two seminal figures in the jazz timeline. The importance is both archival and aesthetic. Comprising two tightly paced, interactive 25-minute sets, At Carnegie Hall supersedes the previous documents of this legendary group. While the studio recording Thelonious Monk Meets John Coltrane finds Monk and Coltrane still learning each other’s moves, this live recording boasts both efflorescent musicianship and superb sound. How deeply Coltrane drank from Monk’s well in organizing ...
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Barnes & Noble - Ted Panken
Taped at a November 1957 benefit concert by the Voice of America and unearthed only this year, Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall is a major addition to the discographies of two seminal figures in the jazz timeline. The importance is both archival and aesthetic. Comprising two tightly paced, interactive 25-minute sets, At Carnegie Hall supersedes the previous documents of this legendary group. While the studio recording Thelonious Monk Meets John Coltrane finds Monk and Coltrane still learning each other’s moves, this live recording boasts both efflorescent musicianship and superb sound. How deeply Coltrane drank from Monk’s well in organizing nascent ideas into a concept has never been rendered more clearly; often recorded in this period, Monk provides no new revelations but completely directs the flow, soloing with wit and prodding Coltrane to develop his postulations. The band is in breathe-as-one mode throughout, beginning with “Monk’s Mood,” an extended Monk-Coltrane duo aria. The cohesion is due in great part to drummer Shadow Wilson, a Count Basie alumnus, who offers textbook-clear lessons in pacing and dynamics -- hear him keep a down-the-middle-of-the-pocket beat as he builds the intensity behind Coltrane’s ascendant solo on “Sweet & Lovely” with a dynamic ride cymbal, then stop on a dime and transition to brushes for Monk’s balladic coda. The disc is filled with such magic moments; At Carnegie Hall joins the list of essential, must-hear jazz recordings.
All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Larry Appelbaum, the recording lab supervisor at the Library of Congress, came across this tape by accident while transferring the library's tape archive to digital. What a find. Forget the Five Spot recording that sounds like it was recorded inside of a tunnel from the far end. The sound here is wonderfully present and contemporary. More importantly, this band -- which also included drummer Shadow Wilson and bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik -- had it right on November 29, 1957, at Carnegie Hall. The John Coltrane on this date is far more assured than he had been four months earlier on the Five Spot date and on the initial Prestige side Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane. He'd been with Monk for four months and had absorbed his complex, multivalent musical system completely. It's clear from the opening track, "Monk's Mood," where the pair play in duet, that Coltrane is confident and moving into his own. Monk feels that confidence with his nearly Baroque entrance on the tune. This is a hard-swinging band with two front-line players who know how to get the best from one another. Coltrane knows the music inside out and his solos reflect an early version of his sheets of sound methodology. Check the joyous "Crepuscule with Nellie" for the hard evidence. Coltrane's cue and Monk's arpeggios are wondrous, swinging, and full of fire and joy. Trane's fills on the melody that leads into his solo are simply revelatory, and the solo itself is brilliant. Or check Wilson's cymbal work on "Nutty" before the band kicks it in full force. Even on the knottiest of Monk's tunes, "Epistrophy," Trane shines and takes charge of his instrument while being utterly receptive to the continual shape-shifting Monk put into his compositions in a live setting. There are nine tunes here an incomplete version of "Epistrophy" finishes the set taken from early and late performances. These 51 minutes of music leave the Live at the Five Spot date in the dust. This is one of those "historic" recordings that becomes an instant classic and is one of the truly great finds in jazz lore. It documents a fine band with its members at the peak of their powers together. The package also contains voluminous liner notes by the likes of Ira Gitler, Amiri Baraka, Ashley Khan, Stanley Crouch, and others. This is a must-have.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - Calvin Wilson
[Grade: A] A real find.... Coltrane and Monk at their improvisatory best.... [A] don't-miss disc.

[Grade: A] A real find.... Coltrane and Monk at their improvisatory best.... [A] don't-miss disc.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • UPC: 094633517325
  • Catalog Number: 35173
  • Sales rank: 21,646

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monk's Mood - Thelonious Monk Quartet (7:52)
  2. 2 Evidence - Thelonious Monk Quartet (4:41)
  3. 3 Crepuscule with Nellie - Thelonious Monk Quartet (4:26)
  4. 4 Nutty - Thelonious Monk Quartet (5:03)
  5. 5 Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk Quartet (4:29)
  6. 6 Bye-Ya - Thelonious Monk Quartet (6:31)
  7. 7 Sweet and Lovely - Thelonious Monk Quartet (9:34)
  8. 8 Blue Monk - Thelonious Monk Quartet (6:31)
  9. 9 Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk Quartet (2:24)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Thelonious Monk Primary Artist, Piano
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Technical Credits
Amiri Baraka Liner Notes
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Producer, Audio Production
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
T.S. Monk Producer, Audio Production, Photo Courtesy
Bruce Lundvall Executive Producer
Lewis Porter Liner Notes
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Burton Yount Art Direction
Larry Appelbaum Liner Notes
Robin D.G. Kelley Liner Notes
Felix Sockwell Cover Illustration
Michael Fossenkemper Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply Amazing

    Jazz should be this good all of the time. I have heard it well over 30 times, and every listen offers a new perspective, a new sound, a new breath. This is my favorite jazz work and when you read the historical liner notes, you'll see how lucky we jazz lovers are to have this piece of art. Thanks to KNTU in Denton, Texas for exposing me to this album - buy it now, if you love jazz - you'll not be disappointed, I promise. This is what music SHOULD be for every artist - as it is truly a breath of art.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excelent duets between Coltrane and Monk. I only wish it had 'Round Midnight on it.

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