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5.0 out of 5 stars The great Monk
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,...
Published on 6 Jun 2007 by S J Buck

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3.0 out of 5 stars product description adrift
took 6 days to arrive, product not "used - like new" more like "used - Fair" so I think they need to look at descriptions
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5.0 out of 5 stars The great Monk, 6 Jun 2007
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S J Buck (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.1 (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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Budget price reissue of compilations everyone should own, 26 Aug 2001
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Jason Parkes "We're all Frankies'" (Worcester, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.1 (Audio CD)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Early gems of modern jazz from Thelonious Monk in 1947., 5 July 2014
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Volume 2 is good so I didn't bother to send it back to ..., 14 Sep 2014
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This review is from: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.1 (Audio CD)
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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1 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars product description adrift, 28 Feb 2013
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W. Bolden "billyb" (london) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.1 (Audio CD)
took 6 days to arrive, product not "used - like new" more like "used - Fair" so I think they need to look at descriptions
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