×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Best of Thelonious Monk
     

The Best of Thelonious Monk

by Thelonious Monk
 
Offering a "best-of" package from Thelonious Monk is a daunting task, even if the compiler sticks to his Riverside material between 1955 and 1960. Such a package, for instance, could only hint at the riches of an album like Brilliant Corners and Monk's Music. But why shouldn't a newcomer to the works of Monk have one great disc to draw him or her in?

Overview

Offering a "best-of" package from Thelonious Monk is a daunting task, even if the compiler sticks to his Riverside material between 1955 and 1960. Such a package, for instance, could only hint at the riches of an album like Brilliant Corners and Monk's Music. But why shouldn't a newcomer to the works of Monk have one great disc to draw him or her in? The Best of Thelonious Monk accomplishes just that, compiling pieces from the above mentioned albums, live tracks, and even a lovely solo version of the pianist's best-known piece, "'Round Midnight." The disc is packed -- with one exception -- with Monk's compositions, thus introducing the novice to all aspects of his work. Monk's joined by a who's who list of modern jazz greats including saxophonist John Coltrane, drummer Art Blakey, and tenor Sonny Rollins for trios, quartets, quintets, and sextets. There's a tremendous 11-minute take on "Well, You Needn't" and a nice interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Caravan." As this disc plainly shows, Monk's writing and piano style was beautifully idiosyncratic, and quite unlike anything else at the time or since. His solos on "Well, You Needn't" and "Brilliant Corners" range between mathematically precise to abstract, spinning precise patterns and then drifting freely. But while Monk's music was always difficult, he -- like Charles Mingus -- never forgot to write intriguing melodies. For those who have never experienced the brilliance of one of jazz's most distinct stylists, The Best of Thelonious Monk is a grand place to start.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Riverside
UPC:
0025218350624
catalogNumber:
5706

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano
Joe Gordon   Trumpet
Gigi Gryce   Alto Saxophone
Ernie Henry   Alto Saxophone
Sam Jones   Bass
Thad Jones   Cornet
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Oscar Pettiford   Bass
Max Roach   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Wilbur Ware   Bass
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Copeland   Trumpet
Art Blakey   Drums
Kenny Clarke   Drums
John Coltrane   Tenor Saxophone
John Ore   Bass
Shadow Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Author
Cootie Williams   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Coleman Hawkins   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ray Fowler   Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Reice Hamel   Engineer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer,Audio Production
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Juan Tizol   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Chip Stern   Liner Notes
Jamie Putnam   Art Direction

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews