Thelonious Monk - The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings

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Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Thelonious Monk; Ray Copeland (trumpet); Wilbur Ware (upright bass); Gigi Gryce (alto saxophone); Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane (tenor saxophone); Art Blakey, Shadow Wilson (drums). Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino. Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews. Recording information: Reeves, Sound Studios, New York, NY. Photographers: Esmond Edwards; Bob Parent. Arranger: Thelonious Monk. This fine two-disc set brings together all the recordings Thelonious Monk made for the small, influential Riverside label in 1957. The piano eccentric cut excellent versions of some of his best compositions during that year, including "Off Minor," "Epistrophy," "Well, You Needn't," and the lovely "Ruby My Dear." The exhilarating saxophone work of John Coltrane makes these dates instant classics. Like most "complete sessions," the set features plenty of false starts and alternate takes that might seem extraneous to the casual fan, but Monk fanatics will be overjoyed at being provided with a glimpse into the brilliant artist's studio process.


Dimensions 5.4x4.8x0.4
UPC 888072300279
Runtime 105 min.
Type Performer
Genre Jazz Instrument
Sub Genre Piano
Producer Orrin Keepnews; Orrin Keepnews; Orrin Keepnews (Reissue)
Number of Discs 2
Track Listing Disc 1
  • 1. Monk's Mood - (take False Start, false start)
  • 2. Monk's Mood
  • 3. Crepuscule with Nellie - (take 1)
  • 4. Crepuscule with Nellie - (previously unreleased, Take 2)
  • 5. Crepuscule with Nellie (Breakdown) - (breakdown)
  • 6. Blues for Tomorrow - (first stereo release)
  • 7. Crepuscule with Nellie - (Edited: Re-Takes 4 & 5, edited: re-takes 4 & 5)
  • 8. Crepuscule with Nellie - (Edited: Re-Take 6, re-take 6)
  • 9. Off Minor - (Take 4)
  • 10. Off Minor - (Take 5)
Disc 2
  • 1. Abide with Me - (previously unreleased, Take 1)
  • 2. Abide with Me
  • 3. Epistrophy - (short version)
  • 4. Epistrophy
  • 5. Well, You Needn't - (opening)
  • 6. Well, You Needn't
  • 7. Ruby, My Dear - (featuring Coleman Hawkins)
  • 8. Ruby, My Dear
  • 9. Nutty
  • 10. Trinkle, Tinkle
Format Compact Disc
Spars Coding n/a
Artists Monk, Thelonious

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