LP - Limited Edition Blue Vinyl with 2 Bonus Tracks. Contains new specially prepared liner notes by Penguin Guide To Jazz's writer Brian Morton and by Paris' prestigious Jazz Magazine.
Monk's Music is often cited as one of the focal points of Thelonious Monk's six-year affiliation (1955-1961) with the Riverside label. Although the original disc clocked in at slightly over 30 minutes, packed into that half hour are not only the introduction of a few of Monk's signature compositions, but also some amazing interactions from the assembled ensemble.
Joining Thelonious Monk (piano) during these two recording sessions are Ray Copeland (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto sax), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), and Art Blakey (drums).
01 ABIDE WITH ME
02 WELL YOU NEEDN’T
03 RUBY, MY DEAR [featuring Coleman Hawkins]
04 RUBY, MY DEAR (*) [featuring John Coltrane]
01 OFF MINOR
03 CREPUSCULE WITH NELLIE
04 ‘ROUND MIDNIGHT (*)
Thelonious Monk - piano
Coleman Hawkins & John Coltrane - tenor sax
Gigi Gryce - alto sax
Ray Copeland - trumpet
Wilbur Ware - bass
Art Blakey - drums
New York, June 26, 1957.
(*) BONUS TRACKS:
A4: John Coltrane (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), Wilbur Ware (b), Shadow Wilson (d).
New York, July 1957.
B4: Thelonious Monk (unaccompanied piano).
Paris, France, June 7, 1954.