Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Thelonious Monk - Genius of Modern Music, vol. 1

Volume 1 of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music set comprises the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader, on October 15 and 24 and November 21 of 1947. It's impossible to overstate the importance of these sessions. They include some of the earliest recordings of Monk compositions that would become standards, despite their angularity and technical difficulty : the strange, sideways chord progression of "Thelonious"; the bouncy and cheerful but melodically cockeyed "Well, You Needn't"; the post-bop Bud Powell tribute "In Walked Bud"; and, of course, "'Round Midnight," which is now one of the most frequently recorded jazz compositions ever. There are kinks to be worked out : Art Blakey's drumming is fine, but he obviously hasn't quite taken the measure of Monk's compositional genius, and on the November session, alto saxophonist Sahib Shihab employs a fat, warbly tone that sounds out of place. But the excitement of discovery permeates every measure, and Monk himself is in top form, his solos jagged and strange, yet utterly beautiful. This first volume of Genius of Modern Music, along with the second, belongs in every jazz collection.
Rick Anderson

Source : http://.com/album/genius-of-modern-music-vol-1-mw0000011324

Thelonious Monk
Genius of Modern Music
vol. 1


1 Humph (Monk)  2:55
2 Evonce (Quebec, Sulieman)  3:04
3 Suburban Eyes (Quebec)  3:02
4 Thelonious (Monk)  3:01
5 Evonce (Quebec, Sulieman)  3:03
6 Suburban Eyes (Quebec)  2:58
7 Nice Work If You Can Get It (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:01
8 Ruby, My Dear (Monk)  3:10
9 Well You Needn't (Monk)  2:59
10 April in Paris (Duke, Harburg)  3:21
11 Off Minor (Monk)  3:03
12 Introspection (Monk)  3:13
13 Nice Work If You Can Get It [alternate take] (Gershwin, Gershwin)  3:03
14 Ruby, My Dear [alternate take] (Monk)  3:07
15 Well, You Needn't [alternate take] (Monk)  2:57
16 April in Paris [alternate take] (Duke, Harburg)  2:42
17 In Walked Bud (Monk)  2:57
18 Monk's Mood (Monk)  3:10
19 Who Knows ? (Monk)  2:45
20 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  3:13
21 Who Knows ? [alternate take] (Monk)  2:45


[# 1-6]
Idrees Sulieman - tp
Danny Quebec West - as
Billy Smith - ts
Thelonious Monk - p
Gene Ramey - b
Art Blakey - dr
[# 7-16]
Thelonious Monk - p
Gene Ramey - b
Art Blakey - dr
[# 17-21]
George Taitt - tp
Sahib Shihab - as
Thelonious Monk - p
Bob Paige - b
Art Blakey - dr

Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City ; October 15, 1947 [# 1-6], October 24, 1947 [# 7-16] and November 21, 1947 [# 17-21].


Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

Not a fan of Monk himself playing but of his compositions. Thank you.

JH said...

Thank you!

The order of tracks above is for a different release of the CD than is provided here -- the track order for this (1989) release is:

1. Humph
2. Evonce (alternate take)
3. Evonce
4. Suburban Eyes
5. Suburban Eyes (alternate take)
6. Thelonious
7. Nice Work If You Can Get It (alternate take)
8. Nice Work If You Can Get It
9. Ruby My Dear (alternate take)
10. Ruby My Dear
11. Well You Needn't
12. Well You Needn't (alternate take)
13. April In Paris (alternate take)
14. April In Paris
15. Off Minor
16. Introspection
17. In Walked Bud
18. Monk's Mood
19. Who Knows
20. 'Round Midnight
21. Who Knows (alternate take)