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Thelonious Monk - 'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952 (2014)

Jazz | Author: artmuss | 31-12-2014, 13:26
Thelonious Monk - 'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952 (2014)
Artist: Thelonious Monk
Title Of Album: 'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles 1947-1952
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Blue Note / B0021693-02
Genre: Jazz, Hard Bop, Post Bop
Total Time: 2:27:56
Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 742 mb

The two-disc Thelonious Monk anthology, 2014's 'Round Midnight: The Complete Blue Note Singles (1947-1952), compiles all of the influential jazz pianist’s original 78 rpm singles released on the storied Blue Note label. These are Monk's first recordings under his own name, leading a group (not his debut recordings as a sideman with Coleman Hawkins). All of these recordings were later collected on various albums including Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1., and other anthologies. Here, they are presented in chronological order and with alternate takes. Recorded in six separate sessions beginning in October of 1947 and ending in May of 1952, these sides showcase many of the songs Monk composed, and which would quickly become part of the jazz canon. Included are "Evidence," "Mysterioso," "Well, You Needn't," and others. While the focal point of these albums is Monk's innovative use of dissonance and unexpected, angular melodicism, the recordings also benefit from a veritable who's-who of modern jazz of the period. Backing Monk here, variously, are such luminaries as drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, trumpeters Kenny Dorham and Idrees Sulieman, saxophonists Lou Donaldson and Lucky Thompson, and many more. While these recordings are widely available, it's both historically enlightening and aesthetically pleasing to have them collected so thoughtfully here.


Disc 1
01. Thelonious
02. Suburban Eyes
03. 'Round About Midnight
04. Well You Needn't
05. Evonce
06. Off Minor
07. In Walked Bud
08. Epistrophy
09. Ruby My Dear
10. Evidence
11. Humph
12. Misterioso
13. All The Things You Are
14. I Should Care
15. I Mean You
16. Monk's Mood
17. Who Knows
18. Nice Work If You Can Get It
19. April In Paris
20. Four In One
21. Straight No Chaser
22. Criss-Cross
23. Eronel
24. Ask Me Now
25. Willow Weep For Me

Disc 2
01. Skippy
02. Let's Cool One
03. Hornin' In
04. Carolina Moon
05. Evonce (alt)
06. Suburban Eyes (alt)
07. Nice Work If You Can Get It (alt)
08. Ruby My Dear (alt)
09. Well You Needn't (alt)
10. April In Paris (alt)
11. Introspection
12. Who Knows (alt)
13. I Should Care (alt)
14. Misterioso (alt)
15. Four In One (alt)
16. Criss-Cross (alt)
17. Ask Me Now (alt)
18. Skippy (alt)
19. Hornin' In (alt)
20. Sixteen (take 1)
21. Sixteen (take 2)
22. I'll Follow You

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  • Thelonious Monk - Genius Of Modern Music (1989)
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