The Thelonious Monk Collection 1941-61
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7080
Thelonious Monk in undoubtedly one of the most important and distinctive pianists to emerge in the post-war era, with a unique style which was at times controversial and misunderstood, but with an ability to develop improvisations in a musically logical and coherent way. As the house pianist at Minton’s, widely regarded as the spiritual home of bebop, he took part in the legendary late-night improvised sessions in the early ‘40s alongside the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker and Charlie Christian, and over the next two decades, he worked with a remarkable array of the genre’s top names in small group line-ups, as well as making solo recordings. It was with a series of albums in the mid-to late ‘50s that the wider market finally latched on to what aficionados had appreciated for some time in his unique approach to jazz. This collection comprises selections of his work from across that period, including the landmark tracks which are recognised as iconic contributions to the jazz canon, and including performances alongside the likes of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Milt Jackson, Don Byas, Coleman Hawkins, Kenny Clarke, Max Roach, Percy Heath, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry and others. It is a fascinating and hugely entertaining selective overview of the key formative period of his illustrious career.