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Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins [50th Anniversary Edition]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The material that eventually ended up on this disc has been issued under several other names as well, most notably Work. After a slight reshuffling of the running order, Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins remains as one of the most inspired collaborative efforts to feature either Monk piano or Rollins tenor sax. While the pair are not highlighted on every track, when the two lead the various ensembles their combined contributions reach beyond simply being extraordinary and achieve a rare sense of musical telepathy. The five pieces were taken from a trio of sessions held between November of 1953 and September of 1954 -- with each recording date featuring a unique set of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The material that eventually ended up on this disc has been issued under several other names as well, most notably Work. After a slight reshuffling of the running order, Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins remains as one of the most inspired collaborative efforts to feature either Monk piano or Rollins tenor sax. While the pair are not highlighted on every track, when the two lead the various ensembles their combined contributions reach beyond simply being extraordinary and achieve a rare sense of musical telepathy. The five pieces were taken from a trio of sessions held between November of 1953 and September of 1954 -- with each recording date featuring a unique set of participants. These include Monk in his favorable confines of smaller combos such as the three-piece band featuring Percy Heath bass and Art Blakey drums, as heard on "Nutty" as well as the percolating "Work." Both tracks incorporate the inimitable timing and advanced rhythms that had become Monk's sonic calling card, as well as Blakey's rollicking percussive contributions punctuating the pianist's left-of-center chord progressions. In the slightly expanded quartet and quintet, Monk and Rollins wield a free-boppin' interpretation of "The Way You Look Tonight" and match it with a primordial and definitive reading of "I Want to Be Happy" -- anchored by a lightly structured rhythm section including Art Taylor drums and Tommy Potter bass. The opening and enticingly dissonant piece "Friday the 13th" was the first collaborative effort between Monk and Rollins. The tenor sax lines weave hypnotically amongst the pianist's strident chord-derived counterpoint. [The suitably titled Complete Prestige Recordings four-CD set offers a more thorough examination of these, as well as Monk's other sessions during this post-Blue Note/pre-Riverside era.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2012
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 025218605915
  • Catalog Number: 059
  • Sales rank: 23,633

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Way You Look Tonight - Thelonious Monk (5:09)
  2. 2 I Want to Be Happy - Thelonious Monk (7:41)
  3. 3 Work - Thelonious Monk (5:15)
  4. 4 Nutty - Thelonious Monk (5:13)
  5. 5 Friday the 13th - Thelonious Monk (10:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sonny Rollins Primary Artist, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Art Taylor Drums
Julius Watkins French Horn
Tommy Potter Bass
Percy Heath Bass
Art Blakey Drums
Willie Jones Drums
Thelonious Monk Piano
Technical Credits
Vincent Youmans Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gitler Producer
Thelonious Monk Composer
Bob Weinstock Producer
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