The Jazz Biography

The Jazz Biography

by Thelonious Monk

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Overview

The Jazz Biography

This Dutch Thelonious Monk compilation is an OK listen considering the years it covers. Here are some of his earliest recordings of many of his own compositions from 1947 though 1952, from "In Walked Bud," with Art Blakey and Sahib Shihab, to "Off Minor," "Well You Needn't," and "Ruby My Dear," with Blakey and bassist Gene Ramsey. These are Riverside-era cuts, and they travel through 1948 with three classic Monk compositions: "Epistrophy," "Evidence," and the sublime "Mysterioso," with Milt Jackson, Shadow Wilson, and Johnny Simmons. The year 1950 is skipped altogether and 1951 and 1952 offer "Criss-Cross," "Bemsha Swing," and others, including the semi-rare (at least on compilations) "Let's Cool Me" and "Hornin' In," from the latter year with Kenny Dorham, Lou Donaldson, Lucky Thompson, Max Roach, and Nelson Boyd. There is a short biographical essay at the beginning and the sound quality is surprisingly good. This is a great buy for the money and is a fitting brief introduction to Monk at the very beginning.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/07/2006
Label: United Multi Consign
UPC: 0778325551520
catalogNumber: 5515
Rank: 139703

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Max Roach   Drums
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone,Tenor (Vocal)
McKibbon   Bass
Gene Ramey   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Lou Donaldson   Alto,Alto Saxophone
Gene Ramsey   Bass
Sahib Shihab   Alto,Alto Saxophone
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Bob Paige   Bass
George Taitt   Trumpet
Robert Paige   Bass
Gary Mapp   Bass
Admiral S. Clay Wilson   Drums
J.K. Simmons   Bass
S. Wilson   Drums
K. Dorham   Trumpet

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