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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
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: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Prestige
  • UPC: 888072301641
  • Catalog Number: 30164
  • Sales rank: 82,311

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Monk (7:39)
  2. 2 Just a Gigolo (3:00)
  3. 3 Bemsha Swing (3:10)
  4. 4 Reflections (2:48)
  5. 5 Little Rootie Tootie (3:06)
  6. 6 Sweet and Lovely (3:33)
  7. 7 Bye-Ya (2:46)
  8. 8 Monk's Dream (3:07)
  9. 9 Trinkle, Tinkle (2:49)
  10. 10 These Foolish Things (2:46)
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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, Remastering
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
Thelonious Monk Composer
Nick Phillips Reissue Producer
Bob Weinstock Producer
Teacho Wiltshire Producer
Martin Williams Liner Notes
Shigeo Miyamoto Mastering
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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