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  • Audio CD (12 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Riverside / Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B000000Y52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 367,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Abide With Me
2. Well, You Needn't
3. Ruby, My Dear
4. Off Minor (Take 5)
5. Epistrophy
6. Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 6)
7. Off Minor (Take 4)
8. Crepuscule With Nellie (Takes 4 and 5)
9. Blues for Tomorrow

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jazzrook TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
These electrifying sessions recorded on June 25/26, 1957 feature pianist/composer Thelonious Monk's septet with the contasting tenor saxophones of John Coltrane & Coleman Hawkins, altoist Gigi Gryce, trumpeter Ray Copeland and Wilbur Ware & Art Blakey bass & drums respectively.
The album begins with a short and striking version of the hymn 'Abide With Me' featuring trumpet and saxophones only, followed by exhilarating septet versions of Monk's 'Well You Needn't', 'Ruby My Dear', 'Off Minor'(takes 4&5), 'Epistrophy' & 'Crepuscule With Nellie'(takes 4,5&6). Ending the album is Gigi Gryce's 13-minute 'Blues For Tomorrow' with Monk absent.
This OJC remastered 2011 edition of 'Monk's Music' with notes by author Ashley Kahn and producer Orrin Keepnews is an absolutely essential album for any Monk, Trane or Hawkins enthusiast.
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By Mono on 17 Aug. 2015
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Jazz as it should be. Words are secondary, just listen.
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By martin mac donald on 3 Jan. 2015
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By Judith on 25 Jan. 2015
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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Retrospective 31 July 2002
By George H. Soule - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This album, recorded in June 1957, marks an important milestone for Thelonious Monk. Known as a musicians' musician for years, Monk had participated in seminal recording sessions. His compositions were becoming jazz standards. However, in some measure he was regarded as an interesting eccentric. He hadn't had the sort of popular acceptance and critical acknowledgment that meant that he had arrived. This album has always struck me as an annunciation of his importance. The album doesn't treat standards or other musicians' work. Aside from the introductory track--William H. Monk's "Abide with Me"--it's just Monk and his compositions. These are played by a septet that is congenial to his music and playing. Trumpeter Ray Copeland and alto saxophonist Gigi Grice are competent if not exciting soloists. The rhythm section is perfect. The two tenor saxophonists are particular bonuses. John Coltrane, part of Monk's working quartet at the time, is emerging to stardom here. Coltrane was little enough known to general jazz audiences that his name isn't listed as a featured sideman on the cover art. The established jazz giant is Coleman Hawkins whose name is listed on the cover along with Gryce and drummer Art Blakey. Listening to the two tenors together allows you to compare their distinctive styles and their different generations. To be sure, Coltrane solos on only two tracks--"Well, You Needn't" and "Epistrophy" (you can hear an alternate take of the latter on "Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane"), but the contrast is telling. Coltrane sounds as though he belongs with Monk while Hawkins sounds almost tentative in his solos with the septet. On the other hand, Hawkins' treatment of "Ruby, My Dear," which he plays with the rhythm section, could be called definitive; his rendition of the Monk ballad is simply elegant. Monk's first solo on "Well, You Needn't" is a memorable rendering, and his playing throughout the album is commanding. The drummer is the pyrotechnic Blakey who is completely attuned to Monk and his music. The playing on this album exemplifies the characteristics of Monk and Blakey's styles, a fine introduction for anyone not familiar with their voices and their interplay. It is a fine introduction to Monk's music as well.
25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
An excellent reissue 8 Nov. 2011
By Simon - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Enough was written by the other reviewers on this exhilarating album.

Here i want to focus on the differences between this reissue (24-bit remastering) and the former reissue from the 90's (20-bit remastering), since no one spoke about it.

1. The new reissue is stereo (or, to describe it more accurately, a 2-channel recording), and not mono.

2. The sound in the new reissue is more natural and much less bloated than the older one.

3. It's more detailed, the rhythm is more involving, and the space is more defined.

4. Besides the bonus tracks in the old reissue,the new one contains one more bonus track called Blues for Tomorrow (13:33) - an excellent piece of music by Gigi Gryce, the alto saxofonist in the album. (Monk does not play here). Hawkins gives here one of the best solos you'll hear from him, and there is a superb and exciting duet between Ware on bass and Blakey on drums (by the way, the recording is a little strange and the sound comes mainly from the right speaker).

5. The linear notes are extended by an interesting essay by Ashley kahn.

In short, the new reissue is much more better than the older one and in every respect.
Bravo Mr. Nick Phillips and Mr. Joe Tarantino!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
An absolute classic! 8 Aug. 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
If you have even a vague notion of jazz luminaries this album will turn your head. Piano/leader: Thelonious Monk, tenor saxophone: Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane, drums: Art Blakey, bass: Wilbur Ware, along with the underrated Gigi Gryce on alto saxophone and Ray Copeland on trumpet, this is a formidable lineup. Many recordings boast star studded line ups such as this and fail to deliver at the level of those involved. What about this one? Well lets just check out the tracks on this landmark album. Following the pastoral horns only "Abide With Me", one is lead straight into one of the most fantastic recordings in jazz. "Well, You Needn't", opens with its grand theme into an inspired Monk solo, right into Monk hollering "Coltrane! Coltrane!" to wake a snoozing Coltrane, a priceless injoke once you know the story. Following insprired solos by the entire listed personnell the theme is reprised and finished. That 12 plus minutes is worth the admission alone and is only the first two tracks of eight! Hawkins' interpretation of "Ruby My Dear is simply beautiful. "Off Minor" finds two takes of the entire personnel digging into the material and finding gold. Monk's "theme" "Epistrophy", he often closed live sets with it, is given a definative treatment. It all is finished with two versions of the laid back and playful "Crepuscule With Nellie". This album along with "Brilliant Corners" solidified Monk in the jazz mainstream from his obscure "muscians' musician" status, where he remains to this day. This album is a testament to the compositional and arranging skills of Monk, and the musical skill of all those involved. This is a must have for all serious jazz collections!
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A Jazz Masterpiece 8 Mar. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"Monk's Music" is be-bop at it's best. Thelonious' inovative style of composition and mastery of the keys as both a member of the rhythm section and a soloist are exemplified on this 1957 Riverside recording. He is joined by, among others, John Coltrane, Art Blakely and the infamous Coleman Hawkins. Coltrane's unique phrasing pairs well with Monk's disodent harmonies. Hawkins, in contrast to Coltrane, gives the combo a smooth sound during his colorfull improvisations. Blakey, an excelent percussionist, fits in well with the choppy feel of Monk's progressions. His energetic style is the backbone of one of the best assembled rhythme sections of the era. Overall this is a great c.d. superbly performed by all involved. But perhaps if the bonus tracks were delayed until the end of the album the listener could enjoy "Monk's Music" as Thelonious intended. Overall this is an excellent recording and one of Monk's best albums.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Monk wants you to get on that wagon with him. NOW. 18 Dec. 2002
By G B - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Somewhat oddly, Brilliant Corners seems to be really popular here at Amazon while Monk's Music languishes in relative obscurity. That's too bad, because these albums are like twins -- the first albums consisting of primarily Monk compositions to hit it big with the jazz public.
Like Brilliant Corners, Monk's Music includes some older Monk tunes which, because of his earlier obscurity, were often new to the public. "Epistrophy", "Ruby, My Dear", "Off Minor" and "Well You Needn't" were all recorded by Monk in the late 40s on Blue Note records. But because the LP didn't exist in the 40s, all those recordings were pretty short -- 4 minutes, tops -- and didn't really let the musicians stretch out. On this album, they get that chance to stretch. Monk also introduces a new composition: the knotty but beautiful ballad "Crepescule with Nellie".
This album is also hyped (deservedly so) for featuring the only recorded meeting of Coleman Hawkins and John Coltrane. Hawkins was the first major tenor saxophonist in jazz, way back in the 20s; Coltrane would be the dominant tenor of the 60s. Hawkins had hired Monk back in the 40s, when the language of bebop was still strange to many listeners and musicians; Coltrane would soon be hired by Monk for their fabled engagement at the Five Spot. Anyway, it's terrific to hear both the emerging giant and the mature master tackle Monk's music.
I guess I shouldn't sell the other personnel short either. Ray Copeland (trumpet) and Gigi Gryce (alto sax) round out the front line. Wilbur Ware would be Monk's bassist for the Five spot gigs. And Art Blakey, who is in my mind the perfect accompanist for Monk, plays drums.
This is one of my favorite Monk recordings on the Riverside label, and I predict that it will probably be yours too. Along with Brilliant Corners and Monk & Coltrane, it is a great introduction to Thelonious Sphere Monk. You might want to look for the slightly more expensive 20-bit remastered version, which probably sounds better than the original 80s CD issue.
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