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Big Band & Quartet in Concert [Import]

Thelonious Monk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts
  • ASIN: B0012GMXME
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant stuff - go for it! 25 July 2012
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Thelonious Monk produced a well-regarded album of big band music in concert in 1959 ("At Town Hall"). The band on that occasion was a little heavy on the brass side, including French horn and tuba, and, with the passage of time, the music has begun to sound a little dated. But, on this second occasion, from December 1963, the band had a stronger emphasis on reeds. As a result, it sounds lighter and more swinging as it works through the terrific arrangements - by Hall Overton, as on the previous occasion. The tracks by the band are obviously central to the proceedings. They allow plenty of room for the soloists - chiefly Thad Jones on cornet, Phil Woods on alto saxophone, Charlie Rouse (naturally) on tenor saxophone and Monk himself. Butch Warren's bass provides firm support, and Frank Dunlop, on drums, is prominent in the mix and drives the proceedings along. As the album title indicates, Monk's quartet features as well, and there's also a splendid Monk solo rendition of the old standard "Darkness on the Delta". The standout track is the final number, "Four In One" by the big band: after a round of solos, the band romps through Hall Overton's intricate orchestration of Monk's solo on his original recording, which leaves the audience stunned. Then the band goes into Monk's signature number, "Epistrophy", and away!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The rematch 12 April 2004
By N. Dorward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
In the late 1950s Monk made his first big-band disc, a live concert recorded at Town Hall. The charts were by Hall Overton; the featured soloists aside from Monk were Charlie Rouse (one of his earliest appearances with Monk), Phil Woods & Donald Byrd. More or less the same format is adhered to with Monk's second big-band date, recorded in Dec. 1963 at Lincoln Center: the Overton charts include one piece with an arrangement of a previously recorded Monk solo (on the Town Hall date it was "Little Rootie Tootie"; here it's "Four in One", the solo lifted from the Blackhawk album on Riverside); Rouse & Woods are present again, with Thad Jones on cornet the other main soloist. The original album was chopped down a bit, omitting several tracks & editing out some of the drum solos; it's restored here, & while one might regret the inclusion of all those drum solos it's inarguably an improvement to have the unreleased tracks.
In some ways the best stuff on the album isn't the big band but the quartet & solo tracks that serve as an interlude: "When It's Darkness on the Delta" is one of Monk's best solo performances, & "Misterioso" is superb. The program is mostly less-frequently encountered Monk tunes like "Light Blue", "Four in One" & "Played Twice", which makes a nice change of pace from Monk's run of Columbias (where the repertoire ended up rather heavy on warhorses like "Blue Monk" & "Ruby My Dear"). -- There is even one new tune, "Oska T.": no-one will ever claim this as one of Monk's greatest compositions--it's little more than two riffs soldered together with a typically Monkian sense of humour (they barely fit together!). It's still a fascinating track, with Thad Jones's solo almost completely setting aside the chords. Woods & Rouse are as usual hard-hitting though a bit predictable in their improvising strategies--though Rouse by now was so attuned to Monk's music that his displacements of the beat can be as bewildering as the master's--and Frankie Dunlop's scrappy drumming is a pleasure to hear. (Whatever happened to Frankie Dunlop?) The one real disappointment is the same as on the Town Hall concert: it's a great band, & yet most of the players aren't allotted a solo. Could it have hurt to give Steve Lacy, Eddie Bert or Nick Travis a solo?
Monk only recorded twice again as part of a larger group (the Nonet disc from Europe & the very late, & rather disappointing, encounter with Oliver Nelson). That makes this an especially valuable recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta Have It 14 April 2000
By R. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
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If I had to pick recordings for a stay on a desert island, this would be one of them. All of the tunes are great, and the CD provides recordings left out and edited down from the album, which I played many, many times. I'll just mention a couple of the cuts here.
"I Mean You" is absolutely fabulous. Frankie Dunlap replies in his solo to what the others had done, and the soloists (Jones, Woods, and, ahem, oh well, Rouse) seemd to be on the same frequency. This tune really rocks.
I don't know why this album isn't looked upon with such favor by many people. It is great. And for those who question Monk's skill as a pianist, sit back and take in his solo interpretation of "Darkness on the Delta."
Overton's arrangements are great. It's just too bad more of these recordings weren't made.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Good As It Gets 14 Nov 2007
By Richard W. Cutler - Published on Amazon.com
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This is, all in all, remarkably demanding music that for all its complexity swings the house down. I can only echo the praise other reviewers have heaped upon this extraordinary concert. As good as all the soloists are, Monk simply defines himself in a separate class, an orchestra unto himself. "Four In One," with its scoring of Monk's recorded solo, is the premier track, but one cannot overlook "Evidence" --one of the most remarkable minimalist compositions of modern music in any idiom-- which thrives from Monk's conclusion of his solo with the rhythmic riff picked up by the entire band. And who but Monk could resurrect "Darkness on the Delta," a song not recorded for thirty years at the time of this concert?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, what a price 21 July 2011
By Eliminator Man - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I can't believe this double disc for six bucks. This is incredible music and I bet I paid over 20 when it first came out as a double. Like others here I had the original LP and was excited for the additions. I was listening to this this morning while I stained my deck. The discs may be a little short on time by modern standards but that's all there was. This is the Monk big band set for me.
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk's 2nd Big Band encounter 10 Oct 2008
By Dennis W. Wong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
As far as I can perceive, Monk had only 3 big band encounters and at least two were successful but the one with Oliver Nelson, a dud unfortunately, which leaves one to consider which is the best, the Riverside or this Columbia re-release. The first session has Pepper Adams but is not as well recorded as the Columbia which includes Steve Lacy though his solo which was present on vinyl is cut here. Nevertheless, if you're a Monk fan, this recording is still recommended since Monk also included 2 new compositions and also songs that were not on the original issue. Hall Overton was the perfect arranger for these 2 sessions.
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