44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk and then some
Can't add much to the excellent reviews already posted but hope the following comments will be of interest. This box set is the new slim type that will easily get through your letterbox. Each CD is in a mini version of the 12' LP cover so it should be pointed out that this package contains 22 tracks not on the original LPs. No recording dates are given but I think the...
Published on 2 Jan 2009 by J. M. Pease
3 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just what it says on the pack - but beware the pack!
First of all, I have no quibbles with the music. I bought this collection well aware that there was one album of solo piano playing which I wouldn't play much, because I much prefer TM with an ensemble, but the genius of the man rings through in every second. Buyers wanting TM's solo playing will be looking elsewhere.
Pricewise: no complaints. Also, it's nice...
Published on 28 Sep 2011 by Schaflein
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monk and then some,
This review is from: Original Album Classics : Straight, No Chaser / Underground / Criss-Cross / Monk's Dream / Solo Monk (Audio CD)Can't add much to the excellent reviews already posted but hope the following comments will be of interest. This box set is the new slim type that will easily get through your letterbox. Each CD is in a mini version of the 12' LP cover so it should be pointed out that this package contains 22 tracks not on the original LPs. No recording dates are given but I think the following are correct:-
"Monks Dream" and "Solo Monk" = 31st Oct 1962 to 6th Nov 1962.
"Criss Cross" = 6th Nov 1962 to 29th Mar 1963.
"Straight No Chaser" = 14th Nov 1966 to 11th Jan 1967
"Underground" = 14th Dec 1967 to 14th Feb 1968.
I was fortunate enough to see Monk in concert in the early 1960s in London sharing the bill with a particularly good version of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. As a result I bought the first CD versions of "Monks Dream" and "Criss Cross". These new cuts contain tracks I had not heard before including "Coming On The Hudson", a Monk original I have been longing to own.
Superb value for money and, together with the recent Avid package, an essential purchase.
26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great buy indeed,
This review is from: Original Album Classics : Straight, No Chaser / Underground / Criss-Cross / Monk's Dream / Solo Monk (Audio CD)Brilliant collection from Monk's phase of collaborating (mostly) with Charlie Rouse in the form of a quartet, or playing solo, this small box contains a lot of brilliant music, original compositions and compact performances...
Rouse was criticized by some for being to rigidly monkish in his execution, of having no individual voice, but to contribute to such magnificent art is by no means small achievement. He is no John Coltrane or Clark Terry, some of the giants Monk worked with on equall basis, but he was capable of digging into Monk's music. For crying out loud: even Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, in their famous album with Monk became an extension of Monk's mind (and, with Johnny Griffin on board, it was by no means one of the lesser line-ups of the Jazz Messengers).
Monk plays beautifully throughout, giving some fresh songs, fresh recordings of his older gems and improvisations on standards.
For instance, on Solo Monk he plays "Dinah" and "These Foolish Things", on "Criss-Cross" he plays "Tea for Two", etc...
For some variance (admittedly, these albums ARE similar in execution and the line-up), the great modern vocalist Jon Hendricks has a glorious vocalising guest appearance on the album "Underground".
Great collection, great general intro to Monk's work, great overview of a later stage of Monk's magnificent carreer, this collection is a great value for money...
BTW - on one of the albums the liner notes were written by the legendary baroness Pannonica...
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genius Of Modern Music At A Bargain Price,
This review is from: Original Album Classics : Straight, No Chaser / Underground / Criss-Cross / Monk's Dream / Solo Monk (Audio CD)Idiosyncratic is a phrase simply made for Thelonius Monk. Through the 50's Monk was something of a peculiarity. He had written almost all of his major works and then lost his performance card and so couldn't play in New York for a good number of years. Finally he managed to get some recordings with Riverside and his reputation grew and grew as people finally got to hear the strange rolling slide piano with the jarring quirks and his brilliant compositional ear.
Once the fame hit he moved to Sony and here collected are 5 of his offerings either solo or with his regular quartet. The key addition was Charile Rouse who joined Monk onstage for a Newport Jazz Festival gig in the early 60's and never left his side again throughout the decade.
The group stuff is the most interesting as it highlights the almost perfect gel between Monk and Rouse. Their interplay indicates a wonderful, empathetic musical union. Listen to anything on the excellent "Underground" album, or "Crepuscule For Nellie" on the "Criss-Cross" album for the perfect take of one of his finest compostions. This is a wonderful set with able support from drummer Frankie Dunlop and bassist John Ore - the unsung rhythmic powerhouse of this consistently excellent quartet. Throughout this box set there is a pervasive sense that these people thougroughly enjoy playing alongside each other.
The solo set, like many of his works, includes a great deal of material that has been done before but Monk's revisits seem to re-imagine pieces and there is much to enjoy on this set. It includes 9 additional tracks which are all worthy additions to the Monk canon.
Hats off to Sony for packaging their back catalogue at a price which will tempt people to buy music from artists in a time of downloads. Monk alone or with his trusted 60's quartet cook up a storm. At this price, simply not to be missed.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Original Album Classics, Thelonious Monk - Classy cerebral jazz from a master,
These albums are typical of Monk's music. Classy sounding, elegant, restrained jazz. With a mixture of tempos from the exuberant to the moody, the music is full of Monk's inventive, yet melodic signature sound. Aided by sympathetic accompanists, who flesh the tunes out and give them a rich texture, this is a collection of superb jazz that should be in the collection of any lover of the genre. An excellent set, five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing-Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea,
2. I Didn't Know About You
3. Straight No Chaser
4. Japanese Folk Song
5. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
6. We See
7. This is My Story This is My Song
8. I Didn't Know About You
9. Green Chimneys
2. Ugly Beauty
3. Raise Four
4. Boo Boo's Birthday
5. Easy Street
6. Green Chimneys
7. In Walked Bud
8. Ugly Beauty
9. Boo Boo's Birthday
2. Tea For Two
3. Criss Cross
5. Rhythm a Ning
6. Don't Blame Me
7. Think of One
8. Crepuscule With Nellie
10. Coming On the Hudson
11. Tea For Two
1. Monk's Dream
2. Body and Soul
3. Bright Mississippi
4. Five Spot Blues
5. Bolivar Blues
6. Just a Gigolo
7. Bye Ya
8. Sweet and Lonely
9. Monk's Dream
10. Body and Soul
11. Bright Mississippi
12. Bolivar Blues
2. I Surrender Dear
3. Sweet and Lovely
4. North of the Sunset
5. Ruby My Dear
6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
8. Everything Happens To Me
9. Monk's Point
10. I Should Care
11. Ask Me Now
12. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
14. Darn That Dream
16. Sweet and Lovely
17. Ruby My Dear
18. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
19. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
20. Everything Happens To Me
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Status FUBAR,
This review is from: Original Album Classics: Misterioso, Monk in Tokyo (2 discs), Monk, Monk's Blues (Audio CD)Beware!!!! As a plethora of different masters and confusingly titled box sets enter the market older reviews are often being tagged to new products which don't precisely correspond to the original review. Columbia's Monk and Miles archive is a supreme case in point. It seems Sony BMG's complete Monk box set was prohibitively expensive so it's now being released in bits and bobs under its bargain Original Album Series. Amazon is currently placing reviews of the first Monk Original Album on the second Original's instalment which contains different albums.
As far as the genre goes both sets are worthy of five stars and that's an overall subjective rating of 10/10 (~). However in absolute terms that does not give these two sets equality in terms of raw enjoyment, intellectual stimulation, intuitive insight, affect, etc. In my humble view the first issue is more essential. It contains:
Straight, No Chaser  with; Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), Larry Gales (bass). ~ 10/10
Underground  with; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Ben Riley (dr), Larry Gales (ba), Jon Hendricks (Vocal on "in walked Bud" -. ~ 10/10
Criss Cross ; Charlie Rouse (t.s), John Ore (ba), Frankie Dunlop (dr). ~10/10
Monk's Dream ; Charlie Rouse (t.s), John Ore (ba), Frankie Dunlop (dr). ~10/10
Solo Monk  ~ 8/10
The second issue in the Original Album classics series contains:
Misterioso ; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Ben Riley/Frank Dunlop (dr), Butch Warren/Larry Gales (ba) ~ 9/10. NOTE: not to be confused with the Riverside Album  of same title ~ 100/100.
Monk in Tokyo ; Charlie Rouse (t.s), Frank Dunlop (dr), Butch Warren (ba). ~ 10/10
Monk  Charlie Rouse (ts), Larry Gales (b), Ben Riley (d) ~ 9/10. NOTE: not to be confused with the Prestige Album  of the same name.
Blue Monk  various (big band arrangements). ~ 4/10
All The Original Album Classics are organised around the Columbia Vinyl releases [ ] = date of issue. However the CD Albums have the benefit of substituting edited tracks for unedited ones. Additionally these issues have extra tracks.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thelonious Monk,
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thelonious Monk Album,
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Original Album Classics : Straight, No Chaser / Underground / Criss-Cross / Monk's Dream / Solo Monk by Thelonious Monk (Audio CD - 2008)
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