Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane - At Carnegie Hal

Blue Note

Release date: September 2005

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Recently rediscovered jazz masterpiece! The music made by Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane in their residency at the "Five Spot" Club in New York in 1957 has always been talked about as one of the high points of jazz. Yet up until this release there had been only the three studio recorded tracks on the Riverside album "Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane" to give any idea of how great this music had been. Enter jazz enthusiast Larry Applebaum, working on digitising the US Library of Congress sound archive.

His discovery of a boxed tape reel marked simply "T. Monk" led to the realisation that sitting in the archive for fully fifty years was this near perfectly recorded 'live' tape of Monk and Coltrane playing at a charity concert at Carnegie Hall that same year.

With nearly an hour of music including such Monk classics as "Monk’s Mood", "Evidence", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "Nutty", "Epistrophy", "Bye-Ya", "Sweet and Lovely" and "Blue Monk" this is an historic find that does not disappoint. Digitally restored by Blue Note with the assistance of Monk's son T. S. Monk, the result is impressive indeed.

Coltrane always spoke of how much he had learned from Thelonious Monk during the difficult days when both men were seeking to rebuild their careers; now we know through this great music so much more about their musical relationship.

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1 comment:

Rob J said...

After hearing this album, one thing is clear. NOBODY was playing to this high level of musical communication in 1957. It still sounds fifty years ahead of its time.
Only Sun Ra had the ability to match this timeless set, but he was completely unknown to the vast majority of jazz listeners on both sides of the Atlantic, due to his DIY ethos and reluctance to compromise with mainstream record labels.
What a great, great cd and an utterly essential purchase.