Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane [Bonus Track]

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane [Bonus Track]

by John Coltrane

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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Universally regarded as one of the greatest collaborations between the two most influential musicians in modern jazz (Miles Davis notwithstanding,) the Jazzland sessions from Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane should be recognized on other levels. While the mastery of the principals is beyond reproach, credit should also be given to peerless bassist Wilbur Ware, as mighty an anchor as anyone could want. These 1957 dates also sport a variety in drummerless trio, quartet, septet, or solo piano settings, all emphasizing the compelling and quirky compositions of Monk. A shouted-out, pronounced "Off Minor" and robust, three-minute "Epistrophy" with legendary saxophonists Coleman Hawkins, Gigi Gryce, and the brilliant, underappreciated trumpeter Ray Copeland are hallmark tracks that every jazz fan should revere. Of the four quartet sessions, the fleet "Trinkle Tinkle" tests Coltrane's mettle, as he's perfectly matched alongside Monk, but conversely unforced during "Nutty" before taking off. Monk's solo piano effort, "Functional," is flavored with blues, stride, and boogie-woogie, while a bonus track, "Monk's Mood," has a Monk-Ware-Coltrane tandem (minus drummer Shadow Wilson) back for an eight-minute excursion primarily with Monk in a long intro, 'Trane in late, and Ware's bass accents booming through the studio. This will always be an essential item standing proudly among unearthed live sessions from Monk and Coltrane, demarcating a pivotal point during the most significant year in all types of music, from a technical and creative standpoint, but especially the jazz of the immediate future.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/30/2010
Label: Ojc
UPC: 0888072319899
catalogNumber: 31989
Rank: 11716

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Coltrane   Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Gigi Gryce   Alto Saxophone
Wilbur Ware   Bass
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Copeland   Trumpet
Art Blakey   Drums
Thelonious Monk   Piano
Shadow Wilson   Drums

Technical Credits

Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes,Recording Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Chris Clough   Reissue Production Assistance
Andrew Pham   Reissue Design
Richard Jennings   Cover Painting

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