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The Thelonious Monk Collection 1941-61
The Thelonious Monk Collection 1941-61

Thelonious Monk
Styles: Jazz
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.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 I Can't Give You Anything But Love Midnight At Minton's Quintet
2 Down Down or alternatives under Harlem Odyssey) Minton's Jam Session Quintet
3 Sweet Lorraine Minton's Jam Session Septet
4 Flyin' Hawk Coleman Hawkins Quartet 
5 Things To Come Dizzy Gillespie Big Band
6 Thelonious Thelonious Monk Sextet
7 Well You Needn't Thelonious Monk Trio 
8 Ruby My Dear Thelonious Monk Trio 
9 Round Midnight Thelonious Monk Quintet
10 In Walked Bud Thelonious Monk Quintet
11 Evidence Thelonious Monk Quartet
12 Bloomdido Charlie Parker And His Orchestra
13 Four In One Thelonious Monk Quintet
14 Criss Cross Thelonious Monk Quintet
15 Willow Weep For Me Thelonious Monk Quintet
16 Skippy Thelonious Monk Sextet
17 Hornin' In Thelonious Monk Sextet
18 Little Rootie Tootie Thelonious Monk Trio 
19 Monk's Dream Thelonious Monk Trio 
20 Carolina Moon Thelonious Monk Sextet
21 Trinkle Tinkle Thelonious Monk Trio 
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Let's Call This Thelonious Monk Quintet
2 Locomotive Thelonious Monk Quintet
3 Portrait Of An Ermite Thelonious Monk
4 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes Thelonious Monk
5 Eronel Thelonious Monk
6 Blue Monk Thelonious Monk Trio 
7 I Want To Be Happy Sonny Rollins Quartet
8 The Way You Look Tonight Sonny Rollins Quartet
9 The Man I Love Miles Davis All Stars
10 Bag's Groove Miles Davis All Stars
11 Now's The Time Newport Jazz Festival Sextet
12 It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing Thelonious Monk Trio 
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Black And Tan Fantasy Thelonious Monk Trio 
2 You Are Too Beautiful Thelonious Monk Trio 
3 Honeysuckle Rose Thelonious Monk Trio 
4 Pannonica Thelonious Monk Quintet
5 Brilliant Corners Thelonious Monk Quintet
6 Bemsha Swing Thelonious Monk Quintet
7 Ghost Of A Chance Thelonious Monk
8 I Should Care Thelonious Monk
9 Reflections Sonny Rollins Quintet
10 Monk's Mood Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane
11 In Walked Bud Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers
12 Off Minor (Take 5) Thelonious Monk Septet 
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Epistrophy Thelonious Monk Septet 
2 Nutty Thelonious Monk Quartet 
3 Straight No Chaser Thelonious Monk And Gerry Mulligan
4 In Orbit Clark Terry Quartet
5 Coming On The Hudson Thelonious Monk Quartet 
6 Blues Five Spot Thelonious Monk Quartet 
7 Rhythm-a-ning Thelonious Monk Quartet
8 I Mean You Thelonious Monk Quintet
9 Jackie-ing Thelonious Monk Quintet
10 Round Lights Thelonious Monk
11 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You Quartet Plus Two At The Blackhawk
12 Crepuscule With Nellie Thelonious Monk Quartet 
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