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Monk’s unique compositional genius flowered in the 1940s and early 1950s, but his improvisational peak came later. By the time he jumped to the jazz big leagues, Columbia Records in the early 1960s, he’d established himself as one of bop’s great composers, but his songwriting pace had slowed. Instead, he focused on presenting his music and on the rapport of his working quartet, which had been a unit for two full years when he brought them to record his exemplary Columbia debut in the fall of 1962. In that combo, featuring the earthy yet always game Charlie Rouse on tenor sax and the lively drummer Frankie Dunlop, Monk had found a suitable match for his demanding compositions and oddball improvisations. The recognizable repertoire and somewhat formulaic approach were greeted by some as disappointing; the only new composition, the vibrant “Bright Mississippi,” was a not-too-cleverly disguised reinvention of “Sweet Georgia Brown.” But Monk was clearly comfortable in his surroundings and secure in his talent, and his playing here is assertive, carefree, and probing, whether miraculously deconstructing standards for cock-eyed solo piano (“Just a Gigolo”) or revisiting one of his own curious creations (the title track, “Blue Bolivar Blues,” “Bye-Ya”). Monk’s Dream, perhaps the album most representative of his distinctive gifts, boils his music down to its essence.

Customer Reviews

My Favorite Jazz Record

I originally lucked into this recording of Monk's comback, and first venture (to my limited knowledge) on Columbia records from 1962 on vinyl with only eight original tracks. It had such a beautiful cover, I had to buy it. At first, I found it a little odd that the album tended to focus more on the sax which takes center stage (literally) for your ears on most tracks while Monk, who is the pianist, tended to sit off in your right ear for some reason. The recordings, however, are pristine, and I realized the subdued nature of Monk's plunking away off center only heightens the tangible sense of excitement when the sax starts pouring out it's reedy textures. I love it, and I'm not even an avid jazz listener. One good sit-through and you'll have no doubt this record is a showcase of 60's Jazz talent from the man who wrote it, to the musicians who played along, to the engineers who put it all together.

The Genius of Monk

This recording (exempting best of compilations) is Monk at his best. For anyone that is unfamiliar with Monk this album takes you to the moon...Fantastic....

I wish all my dreams were this good.......

Complex, progressive, and extensivly eloquent!! One of Monk's most genius (literally) recordings; then again what has he done that isn't genius? A definite highlight in the infinite realms of the Thelonious, not to mention the beautiful art of Jazz music. Five stars is an inadequate response to the supurb quality manifested here. A compliment to any music collection.

Monk's Dream, Thelonious Monk Quartet
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Hard Bop, Bop
  • Released: 1962

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