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Format: CD
Sku: 206871045
UPC: 888072305014
UPC 14: 00888072305014
Release Date: 3/4/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Brilliant Corners ~ Thelonious Monk
2. Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are ~ Thelonious Monk
3. Pannonica ~ Thelonious Monk
4. I Surrender, Dear ~ Thelonious Monk
5. Bemsha Swing ~ Thelonious Monk
6. Pannonica ~ Thelonious Monk
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano, celeste); Ernie Henry (alto saxophone); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet); Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers (bass); Max Roach (drums, tympani).
Muze PNote Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York in December 1956. Originally released on Riverside (226). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered by Kirk Felton (1987, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Muze PNote Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano, celeste); Ernie Henry (alto saxophone); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet); Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers (bass); Max Roach (drums, tympani).
Muze PNote Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York in December 1956. Originally released on Riverside (226). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Muze PNote Digitally remastered using 20-bit K2 Super Coding System technology.
Muze PNote Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano, celesta); Ernie Henry (alto saxophone); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry (trumpet); Oscar Pettiford, Paul Chambers (bass instrument); Max Roach (drums, timpani).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Muze PNote By the fall of 1956, Riverside was finally primed to unleash Thelonious Monk upon the jazz world--straight, no chaser. Two superb piano trio albums of covers had set the stage for Monk the composer to re-emerge with horns, and the pianist responded with BRILLIANT CORNERS, one of his greatest recordings, featuring three classic new tunes and two formidable studio bands.
Muze PNote The Sonny Rollins featured on BRILLIANT CORNERS is a far more imposing presence than the young acolyte of previous Monk sessions--just witness the title tune. With its multiple themes, quirky intervallic leaps, idiomatic rhythmic changes and tricky transitions in tempo, it is one of Monk's masterpieces--a miniature symphony. So daunting were its technical challenges, that the final ending was edited on from another take. Rollins begins his solo with swaggering composure, boldly paraphrasing Monk's vinegary intervals and trademark trills, before navigating the swift rapids of the double-time chorus with deft syncopations. Monk plies dissonance upon dissonance in his first chorus, playing rhythmic tag with Max Roach on the out chorus. Ernie Henry's slip-sliding bluesiness is followed by a brilliant rhythmic edifice from Roach, who maintains melodic coherence at a drowsy tempo, then explodes into the final chorus.
Muze PNote Elsewhere, "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are" is a soulful, easygoing blues, and Monk's solo is a compendium of pithy rhythmic devices, bent notes and calculated melodic abstractions, played with enormous relaxation and swing. He concludes with heckling big-band figures that form the basis for Rollins' expressive rhythmic testimonies. Monk employs the bell-like timbre of a celeste to stunning effect on "Pannonica," one of his loveliest melodies and improvisations. And in closing, "Bemsha Swing" is a hard-swinging, conversational performance, with fine contributions from trumpeter Clark Terry, bassist Paul Chambers and Roach on drums and timpani.

Producer: Orrin Keepnews; Orrin Keepnews; Orrin Keepnews (Reissue)

Engineer: Jack Higgins

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Sonny Rollins
Muze Guest Artist Ernie Henry
Muze Guest Artist Clark Terry
Muze Guest Artist Oscar Pettiford
Muze Guest Artist Paul Chambers
Muze Guest Artist Max Roach

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Associated Artists and Works

Bartz, Gary
Blakey, Art
Coltrane, John
At Carnegie Hall ~ Coltrane, John
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane [Bonus Track] ~ Coltrane, John
D'Andrea, Franco
Davis, Miles
Monk ~ Foster, Frank (Sax)
Gemini Gemini
Gillespie, Dizzy
Griffin, Johnny
Group 15
Group Fifteen
Holman, Bill
Jurg Wickihalder
Lacy, Steve
Marcello Tonolo
Time and Place [Digipak] ~ Martin, Claire (Vocals)
McRae, Carmen
Friday the Thirteenth: The Micros Play Monk ~ Microscopic Septet
Mulligan, Gerry
Mulligan Meets Monk [Remastered] ~ Mulligan, Gerry
Original Soundtrack
Straight, No Chaser [Remaster] ~ Original Soundtrack
The Monk Project ~ Owens, Jimmy
Powell, Bud
Price, Maxwell
Roach, Max
Roiger, Teri
Rollins, Sonny
Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins [Remaster] ~ Rollins, Sonny
Schlippenbach, Alexander Von
Stetch, John
Summers, Andy
Terry, Clark
Brilliant Corners ~ Terry, Clark
Brilliant Corners [Remaster] ~ Terry, Clark
Brilliant Corners [Bonus Track] ~ Terry, Clark
Von Schlippenbach, Alexander
Wallace, Bennie
Williams, Jessica (Jazz)
Williams, Jessica (Piano)
Woods, Phil

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/04/2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1957
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : RCD-30501
Music Label Name Label : Riverside Records (Jazz)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072305014

Professional Reviews

Down Beat - 5 Stars - Excellent - "...Riverside's most important modern jazz LP to date..."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Monk,Thelonious
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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