Thelonious

Thelonious

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by Thelonious Monk Trio
     
 

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Any Thelonious Monk album that kicks off with a seven-minute version of "Blue Monk" is worth listening to. Backed alternately by bassists Percy Heath and Gary Mapp and drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach, Monk unleashes his idiosyncratic piano lines against a spare backdrop. BeautifullySee more details below

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Any Thelonious Monk album that kicks off with a seven-minute version of "Blue Monk" is worth listening to. Backed alternately by bassists Percy Heath and Gary Mapp and drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach, Monk unleashes his idiosyncratic piano lines against a spare backdrop. Beautifully rendered, the opening piece is a highlight of the album, oddly combining disharmonic riffs within a melodic and very memorable structure. It's followed, surprisingly, by a rather tepid version of "Just a Gigolo," more lounge than jazz in execution. The set picks up again, however, on "Bemsha Swing" and later with a noisy "Little Rootie Tootie," another fascinating study in dissonance with some great drum work by Blakey. Because the album was pieced together from three different sessions, it's often difficult to identify the supporting players on individual cuts. Nonetheless, the small settings used on all ten pieces feature intricate interplay between bass, drums, and piano. They allow the necessary space for Monk's explorations, which conjure up images of a mathematician working out geometric patterns on the keyboard. While mathematical music may sound a bit cold and soulless, pieces like "Monk's Dream" and "Trinkle, Tinkle" evoke a sublime beauty as they build order out of chaos. Intimate, intense, and inspired, Thelonious Monk Trio offers 35 minutes of professional musicians practicing their craft.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
Label:
Prestige
UPC:
0888072301641
catalogNumber:
30164
Rank:
57418

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk Trio   Primary Artist
Thelonious Monk   Indexed Contributor,Piano,Track Performer
Max Roach   Drums
Percy Heath   Bass,Bass Guitar
Art Blakey   Drums
Gary Mapp   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Gil Melle   Cover Design,Cover Painting
Gus Arnheim   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer,Author
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Nick Phillips   Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock   Producer
Teacho Wiltshire   Producer
Martin Williams   Liner Notes
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Jules LeMare (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
Stuart Kremsky   Reissue Production Assistance
Chris Clough   Reissue Production Assistance
Julius Brammer   Composer

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