Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Universally regarded as one of the greatest collaborations between the two most influential musicians in modern jazz Miles Davis notwithstanding, the Jazzland sessions from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane should be recognized on other levels. While the mastery of the principals is beyond reproach, credit should also be given to peerless bassist Wilbur Ware, as mighty an anchor as anyone could want. These 1957 dates also sport a variety in drummerless trio, quartet, septet, or solo piano settings, all emphasizing the compelling and quirky compositions of Monk. A shouted-out, pronounced "Off Minor" and robust, three-minute "Epistrophy" with legendary saxophonists ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Universally regarded as one of the greatest collaborations between the two most influential musicians in modern jazz Miles Davis notwithstanding, the Jazzland sessions from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane should be recognized on other levels. While the mastery of the principals is beyond reproach, credit should also be given to peerless bassist Wilbur Ware, as mighty an anchor as anyone could want. These 1957 dates also sport a variety in drummerless trio, quartet, septet, or solo piano settings, all emphasizing the compelling and quirky compositions of Monk. A shouted-out, pronounced "Off Minor" and robust, three-minute "Epistrophy" with legendary saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Gigi Gryce, and the brilliant, underappreciated trumpeter Ray Copeland are hallmark tracks that every jazz fan should revere. Of the four quartet sessions, the fleet "Trinkle Tinkle" tests Coltrane's mettle, as he's perfectly matched alongside Monk, but conversely unforced during "Nutty" before taking off. Monk's solo piano effort, "Functional," is flavored with blues, stride, and boogie-woogie, while a bonus track, "Monk's Mood," has a Monk-Ware-Coltrane tandem minus drummer Shadow Wilson back for an eight-minute excursion primarily with Monk in a long intro, 'Trane in late, and Ware's bass accents booming through the studio. This will always be an essential item standing proudly among unearthed live sessions from Monk and Coltrane, demarcating a pivotal point during the most significant year in all types of music, from a technical and creative standpoint, but especially the jazz of the immediate future.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/1987
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 025218603928
  • Catalog Number: 5003045
  • Sales rank: 233,986

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ruby, My Dear - Shadow Wilson (6:21)
  2. 2 Trinkle, Tinkle - Shadow Wilson (6:40)
  3. 3 Off Minor - Thelonious Monk (5:15)
  4. 4 Nutty - Shadow Wilson (6:39)
  5. 5 Epistrophy - Thelonious Monk (3:09)
  6. 6 Functional - Thelonious Monk (9:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Coltrane Primary Artist, Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Track Performer
Gigi Gryce Alto Saxophone
Wilbur Ware Bass
Coleman Hawkins Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Art Blakey Drums
Thelonious Monk Piano, Track Performer
Shadow Wilson Drums
Technical Credits
Ira Gitler Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Jack Higgins Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer
Joe Tarantino Mastering
Ken Deardoff Cover Design
Shigeo Miyamoto Mastering
Dick Jennings Cover Painting
Richard Thomas Jennings Cover Painting
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