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Album Review

Thelonious Monk's Prestige recordings (reissued on three LP-length CDs) have been somewhat neglected through the years but, with the exception of a date for Vogue, they are the only documentation that exists of the unique pianist-composer's work as a leader during the latter half of 1952 through 1954. This set has four numbers (including Monk's originals "Wee See," "Locomotive" and the catchy "Hackensack") featuring Monk with trumpeter Ray Copeland (an underrated player), tenor saxophonist Frank Foster, bassist Curly Russell and drummer Art Blakey. However it is "Let's Call This" and the two versions of "Think of One" that are best-known, for Monk teams up with the French horn wizard Julius Watkins, bassist Percy Heath, drummer Willie Jones and the great tenor Sonny Rollins. Every Thelonious Monk recording is well worth getting although this one is not quite essential.

Customer Reviews

Either Jazz by itself or Monk's Potential

Its good if your just getting into jazz , but you will not get Monk's full potential here.However, it gives both a 50-50 satisfaction for both interested in jazz (in general) and Monk.

Wonderful!!

This is great monk, both the Sonny Rollins session and the Frank Foster one. Listen to Art Blakey's slow swing feel on Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Also check out Julius Watkins' cool lines on the unwieldy french horn. No, it's not all polished and perfect and cleaned up, if that's what you are looking for, go elsewhere. Love this record for what it is!

Biography

Born: October 10, 1917 in Rocky Mount, NC

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s

The most important jazz musicians are the ones who are successful in creating their own original world of music with its own rules, logic, and surprises. Thelonious Monk, who was criticized by observers who failed to listen to his music on its own terms, suffered through a decade of neglect before he was suddenly acclaimed as a genius; his music had not changed one bit in the interim. In fact, one of the more remarkable aspects of Monk's music...
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