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Genius of Modern Music Vol 2

Thelonious Monk, T. S. Monk Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (16 Mar 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Note
  • ASIN: B000005HBT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,537 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Four In One
2. Four In One (Alternate Take)
3. Criss Cross
4. Criss Cross (Alternate Take)
5. Eronel
6. Straight No Chaser
7. Ask Me Now (Alternate Take)
8. Ask Me Now
9. Willow Weep For Me
10. Skippy
11. Skippy (Alterante Take)
12. Hornin' In (Alternate Take)
13. Hornin' In
14. Sixteen (first take)
15. Sixteen (second take)
16. Carolina Moon
17. Let's Cool One
18. I'll Follow You

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If Genius Volume One in this series stands out for repertoire, volume 2 shines for the better ensemble performances. The challenges of "Four in One" and "Criss-Cross", for instance, inspire vibraphonist Milt Jackson to slithery heights, and Thelonious Monk's architectonic comping sparks altoist Sahib Shihab and trumpeter Kenny Dorham to exploratory heights. One of the first recorded jazz waltzes, "Carolina Moon", reveals Monk's penchant for reviving obscure standards on his own irreverent terms, while the unaccompanied "I'll Follow You" allows us to peak at the pianist-composer thinking out loud. No serious jazz collection should be without a sampling from Monk's Blue Note output, and this is as good a place to start as any. --Jed Distler

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd volume of classic compilations 26 Aug 2001
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD
'Volume 2' is just as good as its predecessor- taking in seminal cuts & alternate takes- and providing us with an insight into the genius of Thelonious Monk...Both volumes, attractively priced & remastered, should be owned. After several listens these tracks will seep into your being & you could not imagine living without them...And the repetition of tracks does work- giving you a handle on the complexities of these songs- 'Four in One' (tracks 1 & 2) are the same song with subtle,cataclysmic differences...The often compiled 'Straight no Chaser' & my personal fave 'Let's Cool One' are standouts...This is the perfect album to chill to, fantastic Sunday morning music next to 'Kind of Blue', 'In a Silent Way', 'Laughing Stock', 'Tupelo Honey', 'Secrets of the Beehive', 'Happy/Sad' & so many others!!!
These volumes should be owned by everyone- and along with 'Straight no Chaser' & 'Greatest Hits' provde a good overview of the Monk's music.
And at this price????
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By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER
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These two BLUE NOTE sessions led by pianist/composer Thelonious Monk(1917-1982) were recorded in New York City during 1951 & 1952.
Tracks 1-9 feature Monk(piano); Sahib Shihab(alto sax); Milt Jackson(vibes); Al McKibbon(bass) & Art Blakey(drums) recorded on July 23, 1951.
Tracks 10-18 feature Monk(piano); Kenny Dorham(trumpet); Lou Donaldson(alto sax); Lucky Thompson(tenor sax); Nelson Boyd(bass) & Max Roach(drums).
The 18 short tracks(around the 3-minute mark) include 9 unique and timeless Monk compositions plus 6 alternative takes.
It's a pity that the July 2, 1948 quartet session with Milt Jackson is not included but these early Monk recordings are gems of modern jazz and essential for any serious collection.
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By Chris
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The tracks are originals and re-takes,recorded in 1951 and 52 , show the emergence of the genius and contributions by Art Blakey on drums and the other genius on vibes, Milt Jackson,for the first part of the Cd with, Monk's piano giving a brilliant combination sound scene. The re-mastered recordings are top notch and considering early recording format, stand up as fresh, as when recorded staying with the listener for repeated plays. Sax by Sahib Shihab with Monk laying down sensuous counterpoint with Milt Jackson. Lou Donaldson on sax with Kenny Dorham on trumpet compliment on the latter part of this Cd., which for it's time is truly a feast of Monk's creative abilities, aptly confirming the Genius of Modern Music,Vol 2 and Vol 1 is equally enthralling. as Monk's greatest hits Cd for some solo work and other brilliant 60's recordings, a must for newcomers to Monk and seasoned listeners, also.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ESSENTIAL MODERN JAZZ; BUT NOT ESSENTIAL PRESENTATION 1 Aug 2002
By 78 RPM - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Since I first heard them, Thelonious Monk's Blue Note recordings have captivated me like no other jazz recordings. They are simply the best work by a genius modern composer. While numerous pictures of Monk exist in which he wears the boppers uniform of beret, horn rim glasses and pin stripe suit ( the photo of monk, roy eldridge and howard mcghee-taken in front of Minton's comes to mind) it's a mistake to think of monk as just another exponent of the Bebop school. He is something much more than that-a unique individual in his music, rendering something much more deeply personal...you will hear that in this stellar music. If you like individuality, uniqueness, playfulness and adventure in your jazz, then this is for you. You won't be disappointed.
My only quibble with this set is that there is simply no reason not to include the July 2, 1948 session either at the beginning of this set or at the end of "Genius of modern music, Volume 1." That brilliant session included such classics as "Evidence," "Misterioso", "Epistrophy" and "I mean You," all of which are essential blue note monk tunes. Why aren't they on either of these volumes? There are no time constraints. There's simply no good reason.
But be that as it may, this is still desert island modern jazz. And you can pick up that missing brilliant session on either "The best of monk on blue note" or the french CD "Thelonious Monk 1947-1948," ; Classics CD 1118. In whatever form you find it, don't miss this superb music.
And, "I mean you."
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk on Blue Note 1 Dec 2001
By G B - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the second installment of Thelonious Monk on Blue Note, recorded 4 years after Genius of Modern Music Volume 1. Though it doesn't feature as many of the pianist's most famous compositions as Volume 1, it has several things going for it. The sidemen are much, much better here -- Monk and vibraphonist Milt Jackson play very well together, while Sahib Shihab and Art Blakey "get" Monk's ideas much better than they did on Volume 1. (Listen to Blakey's rim shots on the intro to "Straight No Chaser" -- awesome!) The second half of the CD features Max Roach and two up-and-coming stars -- alto saxophonist Lou Donaldson and underrated trumpeter Kenny Dorham. The compositions aren't Monk's most popular (except for "Straight No Chaser"), but contain quite a few lost classics: "Criss Cross", "Four in One", "Eronel", and "Skippy". There's also a beautiful reading of the standard "Willow Weep for Me". I actually prefer The Thelonious Monk Trio (on Prestige/Fantasy) over this CD, but this is still classic early Monk. And if you like this music, get the RVG remaster of Volume 1 too.
By the way, there's a mistake in the CD case track listing and consequently on this site: track 7 is not "Nice Work if You Can Get It" but rather an alternate take of "Four in One".
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as exciting as Volume 1, but worth digging up. 3 Oct 2005
By Michael Stack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After his debut recordings as a leader in 1947, it was quite a while until Thelonious Monk returned to the studio as a leader. His next two sessions for Blue Note, in the summer of 1951 and spring of 1952 are collected as "Genius of Modern Music, Volume 2". Although LP technology was available, Blue Note chose to keep Monk in the single format.

The first session, from the summer of '51 finds Monk with perhaps the first frontline that truly "got" his music in alto saxophonist Sahib Shihab and vibist Milt Jackson, with bassist Al McKibbon and drummer Art Blakey anchoring the session. With the exception of a reading of "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (which Monk curiously recorded for Blue Note in 1947 as well), all the pieces are Monk originals, and this level of focus benefits the band, whether it's the midtempo oddball "Criss Cross" (which works nicely with the odd frontline), ecstatic "Straight No Chaser" (which curiously flounders a bit on Shihab's solo), or piano feature "Ask Me Now", where Monk really shows just what he's capable of.

The second session produces far less interesting music, with Monk accompanied by trumpeter Kenny Dorham, reedmen Lou Donaldson (on alto) and Lucky Thompson (on tenor), bassist Nelson Boyd and drummer Max Roach. By and large, it feels as though the horns don't quite get into this as much they should and they seem to get in the way of each other. "Skippy" is fantastic, full of energy and explosiveness, mid-tempo number "Let's Cool One" works reasonably well, but some of the material ("Sixteen", standards "Carolina Moon" and "I'll Follow You") receive straight and largely uninteresting reading. This is most surprising on "I'll Follow You", which sheds the horns entirely and presents Monk in a trio setting.

As part of the Rudy Van Gelder edition of remasters, this album features fantastic sound, given the age of the recording, far superior to the previous issue.

There's enough good music on here to make this one worth digging up, but for interest in early Monk, start with Volume 1.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2 Bands. 2 sets. Pure Monk. 9 Jan 2005
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Tracks 1 - 9: Thelonious Monk - piano, Sahib Shihab - alto sax, Milt Jackson - vibes, Al McKibbon - bass, Art Blakey - drums. Recorded on 7/23/51.

Tracks 10 - 18: Thelonious Monk - piano, Kenny Dorham - trumpet, Lou Donaldson - alto sax, Lucky Thompson - tenor sax, Nelson Boyd - bass, Max Roach - drums. Recorded on 5/30/52.

This is one of the great documents of Thelonious Monk's unique (and totally engaging) style and vision. I almost considered giving this 4 stars for no other reason than I know that the Rouse band is probably more popular/familiar for most people, but I just couldn't. This is five stars all the way.

Actually, seeing a previous review (after writing mine) has made me slip this note in here and drop it down to 4. I don't have that '48 session! That IS a good question... if it can fit on here, why isn't it on here? Although, for what IS here, it's still a 5-star disc.

I wonder whether this review will be mainly read by longtime Monk fans, or by people who are new to him. For those of you who know his stuff... everything that is Monk... it's all here. This is a fantastic disc! For those of you who are new to him but have other jazz discs... you're in for a treat. No one elses music moves like Monk's moves. Everything about him stands alone. Once you get acquainted with his music, his rhythms, melodies (of his tunes), and piano playing will be instantly recognizable to you because, like I said... his music has its own distinct sense of movement.

That off-kilter sense of bouncy, swinging thrust that Dolphy's music has... it's due in part to his fascination with our man right here, Monk.

I love this disc, and the fact that it's by 2 different bands is really nice. You get to hear that Monk Vision as filtered through the lenses of 2 distinct bands. As for which band I prefer, it just depends on my mood. Both bands have it! As for this disc, you should have it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be Missed 28 Nov 2004
By R. J. Marsella - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Monk on Blue Note with superb supporting musicians playing many of his best known compositions. Can't go wrong here. My favorite tracks are on the first half of the CD featuring Milt Jackson. Check out Willlow Weep For Me and you will be instantly hooked. Monk's music has a vibrancy that is really captured in these recordings and for either the uninitiated or hard core Monkophiles this is a must own CD. Of all the guys who came out of the Bebop scene Monk's music stands out as the music that remains as fresh and challenging as anything being done today. Do yourself a favor and check this out.
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