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Format: CD
Sku: 202545377
UPC: 888072300279
UPC 14: 00888072300279
Release Date: 6/27/2006
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Monk's Mood - (take False Start, false start) ~ Thelonious Monk
2. Monk's Mood ~ Thelonious Monk
3. Crepuscule With Nellie - (take 1) ~ Thelonious Monk
4. Crepuscule With Nellie - (previously unreleased, take 2) ~ Thelonious Monk
5. Crepuscule with Nellie (Breakdown) - (breakdown) ~ Thelonious Monk
6. Blues For Tomorrow - (first stereo release) ~ Thelonious Monk
7. Crepuscule with Nellie - (Edited: Re-Takes 4 & 5, edited: re-takes 4 & 5) ~ Thelonious Monk
8. Crepuscule with Nellie - (Edited: Re-Take 6, re-take 6) ~ Thelonious Monk
9. Off Minor - (take 4) ~ Thelonious Monk
10. Off Minor - (take 5) ~ Thelonious Monk
Disc 2
Song Title
1. Abide With Me - (previously unreleased, take 1) ~ Thelonious Monk
2. Abide With Me ~ Thelonious Monk
3. Epistrophy - (short version) ~ Thelonious Monk
4. Epistrophy ~ Thelonious Monk
5. Well, You Needn't - (opening) ~ Thelonious Monk
6. Well, You Needn't ~ Thelonious Monk
7. Ruby, My Dear - (featuring Coleman Hawkins) ~ Thelonious Monk
8. Ruby, My Dear ~ Thelonious Monk
9. Nutty ~ Thelonious Monk
10. Trinkle, Tinkle ~ Thelonious Monk
 
Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane are universally recognized as musical demigods. The idea of Monk and Coltrane--the genius mentor and the budding genius--on the same bandstand or in the same recording studio is like Julius Erving and Michael Jordan soaring as teammates, or Jean Renoir and Francois Truffaut collaborating on a film. For an all-too-brief, magical time in 1957, Monk and Coltrane actually did work together every night as part of a quartet led by the uniquely brilliant pianist-composer Monk at New York's now-fabled Five Spot Cafe. And between April and July of that year they made the stunning music contained herein, their complete output in the recording studio.

The planets seemed to align for Thelonious Sphere Monk (1917-1982) and John William Coltrane (1926-1967) when they joined forces in '57. Coltrane was poised to make a giant leap forward--and ready to learn from one of the masters, Monk. In a Down Beat interview Coltrane said: "Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order. I learned from him in every way." Some of those answers involved the way in which Coltrane's harmonic acuity developed, expressed via early intimations of his torrential "sheets of sound." With Monk's chords guiding him to places he'd never before visited, Coltrane was now on the path to transcendence. When he is joined by Coleman Hawkins, jazz's father of the tenor saxophone, on a couple of numbers from the epochal septet album Monk's Music, one hears the tenor's past, present, and future (e.g., the master take of "Epistrophy"). And listen raptly to the respective approaches of Hawkins and Coltrane on the two versions of "Ruby, My Dear," one of three signature Monk ballads in this set (the others are "Monk's Mood" and the ever-evolving "Crepuscule with Nellie").

There is such greatness on these two discs, so many wondrous performances (the rhythm team of bassist Wilbur Ware and drummers Art Blakey or Shadow Wilson is especially inspired), and so many fascinating stories about how these masterpieces came into being. Orrin Keepnews, who as producer of the original sessions was present at the creation of every note, has written a superb essay that sets the record straight, clears up long-standing rumors about what did (and did not) go down in the studio, and, above all, lets the listener in on how a genius mentor, a budding genius, and their gifted colleagues went about the business of conceiving a work of art.

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Thelonious Monk; Ray Copeland (trumpet); Wilbur Ware (upright bass); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Art Blakey, Shadow Wilson (drums).
Muze PNote Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Muze PNote Recording information: Reeves, Sound Studios, New York, NY.
Muze PNote Photographers: Esmond Edwards; Bob Parent.
Muze PNote Arranger: Thelonious Monk.
Muze PNote This fine two-disc set brings together all the recordings Thelonious Monk made for the small, influential Riverside label in 1957. The piano eccentric cut excellent versions of some of his best compositions during that year, including "Off Minor," "Epistrophy," "Well, You Needn't," and the lovely "Ruby My Dear." The exhilarating saxophone work of John Coltrane makes these dates instant classics. Like most "complete sessions," the set features plenty of false starts and alternate takes that might seem extraneous to the casual fan, but Monk fanatics will be overjoyed at being provided with a glimpse into the brilliant artist's studio process.

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

Engineer: Jack Higgins; Ray Fowler

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Coleman Hawkins

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Riverside Records Story
Muze Music Compilations Ken Burns Jazz-Story Of America
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Ken Burns Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Classic Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Legacy
Muze Music Compilations Riverside Profiles 1106
Muze Music Compilations Riverside Profiles 1106
Muze Music Compilations Riverside Profiles 1106
Muze Music Compilations Jazz After Dark
Muze Music Compilations Doors Jukebox
Muze Music Compilations Jazz Roots
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Songs Of The 1940'S
Muze Music Compilations Just Great Jazz
Muze Music Compilations Verve:sound Of America Singles Collec
Muze Music Compilations Icon:best Of Blue Note
Muze Music Compilations Very Best Of Prestige (Prestige 60Th
Muze Music Compilations Brilliant Corners
Muze Music Compilations Prestige Profiles
Muze Music Compilations Best Of Thelonious Monk

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
Lacy, Steve
Marcello Tonolo
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 : 06/27/2006
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2006
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 7230027
Music Label Name Label : Riverside Records (Jazz)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00888072300279

Professional Reviews

Entertainment Weekly (p.79)
- "[Coltrane's] style is a perfect complement to the jagged beauty of Monk's music." -- Grade: A

JazzTimes (p.81)
- "The 1957 meetings of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane produced some of bop's most thrilling music."

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