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  • Audio CD (13 Aug. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00005MIZ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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MONK THELONIOUS

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By S J Buck TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This first volume of recordings is an essential purchase for any Jazz fan capturing Thelonious Monk in the very early days of be-bop, playing many of his most famous tunes.

Recorded in October and November 1947 in New York City, the album features the following musicians:

Thelonious Monk - Piano

Art Blakey - drums,

Gene Ramey, Bob Paige - bass

Idrees Sulieman, George Tait - Trumpet

Danny Quebec West, Sahib Shihab - Alto Sax

Baring mind the age of the recordings the sound quality is remarkably good and of course Monks distinctive compositions and playing dominate proceedings. Of the non-Monk tunes perhaps the best are his versions of Gershwins "Nice Work..." which he takes to another place entirely. Of Monks own compositions the beautiful "Ruby My Dear" and the swinging "Well You Needn't" are perhaps my favourites.

The 2nd volume is well worth getting as this also features Milt Jackson on a number tracks as well. So get both volumes and enjoy Monk!
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This is a welcome reissue of the excellent two volume collections 'Genius of Modern Music' released on Blue Note...Basically, jazz with avant-garde leanings- these volumes offer a great overview of the Monk. While not complete, they offer alternate takes of tracks...What can I say?- openers 'Humph' & 'Evonce' bridge the gap between Parker & Davis. 'Thelonious', 'Nice work if you can get it', 'Ruby my Dear', 'Well you Needn't', 'Round Midnight' etc all provide reasons to purchase...This album needs to be heard- the re-mastering has given a wonderful clarity...My only quibble is reference to tracks such as 'Epistrophy', 'Mysterioso' & 'I mean You' on the cover- where are these tracks?...So, along with the Second volume, I would reccomend 'Straight no Chaser' & the budget-priced 'Greatest Hits'...Great stuff!!!
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By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Jan. 2015
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Without doubt a word that has been much overused (not least by me!), but given the man’s wide-ranging influence and his levels of sheer unique innovation in jazz (and music more widely) – in terms of his approach to spacing, rhythm and melody – it is difficult to quibble with the label of 'genius’ when applied to one Thelonius Sphere Monk. And, even though Monk’s compositions had already received much acclaim (and some recording) prior to these 1947 recording sessions for Blue Note, these marked his first such sessions as band leader. The 2001 RVG Edition CD provides a re-ordered presentation of 21 tunes (14 masters and 7 alternate takes) originally recorded during October and November 1947 and featuring three different supporting line-ups (only drummer Art Blakey being present in all three), making fascinating comparative listening.

Of the line-ups 'with horns’, which top and tail the tunes here, there are many high-points, such as the sax and trumpet breaks by (respectively) 17-year old Danny Quebec West (cousin of early promoter of Monk, Ike Quebec) and Idrees Sulieman on (the ironically named) album opener Humph or the exuberant rhythm of the later recording In Walked Bud, Monk’s beautiful idiosyncrasies on the famed Monk’s Mood and ‘Round Midnight and the same quintet’s stunning Who Knows? (the alternate take, in particular, featuring great solos from Sahib Shihab’s alto sax and George Taitt’s trumpet). But it is (arguably) on the 'non-horn’ trio numbers where Monk’s unique influence is even more defining – first, on his own beautiful ballad Ruby My Dear and his interpretation of Vernon Duke’s melody on April In Paris and, second, via the virtuoso performance the pianist and composer delivers on both master and alternate takes of his own distinctive Well You Needn’t.
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These three BLUE NOTE sessions recorded in New York City during 1947 were pianist Thelonious Monk's debut as leader.
Tracks 1-6 feature a sextet with Monk(piano); Idrees Sulieman(trumpet); Billy Smith(tenor sax); Danny Quebec West(alto sax); Gene Ramey(bass) & Art Blakey(drums) recorded on October 15.
Tracks 7-16 feature a trio with Monk(piano); Gene Ramey(bass) & Art Blakey(drums) recorded on October 24.
Tracks 17-21 feature a quintet with Monk(piano); Sahib Shihab(alto sax); George Taitt(trumpet); Bob Paige(bass) & Art Blakey(drums).
The 21 short tracks(around the 3-minute mark) include 10 fascinating Monk compositions and 7 alternative takes.
It's a pity that the July 2, 1948 quartet session with Milt Jackson is missing but these early Monk recordings are gems of modern jazz and esserntial for any serious collection.
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I ordered Volume 1 but received Volume 2. Volume 2 is good so I didn't bother to send it back to Hong Kong. I still haven't bought Volume 1.
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