By the time pianist Thelonious Monk joined Riverside Records, a great many of his classic compositions could already be found on his earlier Blue Note albums. But the modern master still had a few tricks up his sleeve. Along with such brilliant players as tenor saxophone giant Sonny Rollins, drummer Max Roach, trumpeter Clark Terry, and bassists Oscar Pettiford and Paul Chambers, Monk also brought some soon-to-be classic tunes with him into the studio. " "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are," "Pannonica," " Bemsha Swing," and "Brilliant Corners" are superb Monk compositions that receive spirited performances. Monk also characteristically slips in an old chestnut, "I Surrender Dear," which he proceeds to reconstruct in his inimitable way. Although each of the accompanying players is perfectly tuned in to Monk's demanding alternate world of skewed harmony, melody, and rhythm, one tune kept throwing them for a loop. The drastic rhythmic changeups of "Brilliant Corners" were not to be mastered in one take. Listen closely and you can hear the tape splice joining two different takes.
Performance CreditsThelonious Monk Primary Artist,Piano,Celeste,Soloist
Ernie Henry Alto Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford Bass
Max Roach Drums,Timpani
Sonny Rollins Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Paul Chambers Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet
Technical CreditsJack Higgins Engineer
Orrin Keepnews Producer,Liner Notes
Paul Bacon Cover Design
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This album is cool. I think that it shows Monk's best composing efforts.