Thelonious Monk- Monk's Music with John Coltrane


Presented here is the complete original album Monk’s Music (Riverside RLP12- 242), featuring Thelonious Monk with a septet including both tenor sax luminaries John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. This edition also contains further studio recordings by Monk and Trane, among them a blues performance from the same sessions (in which Monk sits out) and an outstanding alternative take of “O Minor”.

Down Beat: Monk’s Music “The album is to date the best cross section of what Monk is doing today with a group. Throughout, Monk is the dominant force. The music, whether blown by the horns or rapped out by his hands, is as much a part of him as his thoughts. It is a tribute to Monk that within this intensely personal music, a soloist like Coltrane can develop a singularly personal style of his own, while ng into the frame of Monk’s reference. This is one to play again and again with no diminu on of pleasure, or of discovery.” (Dom Cerulli)

Thelonious Monk, Piano; John Coltrane, tenor sax. Plus: 1-2 & 4-6: Ray Cope-land (tp), Gigi Gryce (as), Coleman Hawkins (ts), Wilbur Ware (b), Art Blakey(d). New York, June 26, 1957. 3 & 7-8: Wilbur Ware (b), Shadow Wilson (d). New York, July 1957. 9: Wilbur Ware (b). New York, April 16, 1957. 10-11: Same place and date as 1-2 & 4-6. Monk out on track 10.

Tracks: Abide With Me / Well You Needn’t / Ruby My Dear / O Minor / Epistrophy / Crepuscule With Nellie / Nutty / Trinkle Tinkle / Monk’s Mood / Blues For Tomorrow / O Minor (Alt Tk)


Vintage Copy: Media Condition: Near Mint (NM or M-)
Sleeve Condition: Very Good (VG)
immaculate copy. sleeve has a crease mark on back left



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