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Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Music (1957) [Reissue 2004] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Music (1957) [Reissue 2004]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 48:06 mins | Scans included | 2,05 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,09 GB

Monk’s Music is often cited as one of the focal points of Thelonious Monk’s six-year affiliation (1955-1961) with the Riverside label. Although the original disc clocked in at slightly over 30 minutes, packed into that half hour are not only the introduction of a few of Monk’s signature compositions, but also some amazing interactions from the assembled ensemble. Joining Thelonious Monk (piano) during these two recording sessions are Ray Copeland (trumpet), Gigi Gryce (alto sax), Coleman Hawkins (tenor sax), John Coltrane (tenor sax), Wilbur Ware (bass), and Art Blakey (drums). The true meaning of the album’s title exists beyond just Thelonious, as the opening sacred prelude, “Abide With Me,” was written by William H. Monk. This brief piece features only the horn quartet, foreshadowing their importance throughout the album. The angular stride style featured during the chorus of “Well You Needn’t” is tackled with the same nimble authority as Monk’s completely unfettered solos. If his ability to swing and his utilization of atomic clock accuracy have ever been questioned, the answer lies no further. So utterly free and fantastic, certain passages command immediate review to be fully comprehended. Hearing Coltrane and Hawkins together is admittedly part of the charm in these sides. “Ruby, My Dear” is bathed in the smoky essence of Hawkins’ rich textures and Coltrane’s playful cat-and-mouse aggression. Blakey gently propels the rhythm, never getting in the way and sporting a serene snare groove throughout. “Off Minor” is largely led by Monk, with solos that follow into and out of the memorable chorus that sparkles with the full involvement of the horn and rhythm sections. The same is true for this definitive version of “Epistrophy” — perhaps the zenith collaborative effort between Coltrane and Monk. Additionally, Blakey is in top form, with a solo that borders on spastic precision.

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Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan – Mulligan Meets Monk (1957) [Reissue 2004] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan – Mulligan Meets Monk (1957) [Reissue 2004]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DST64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 59:12 minutes | Front/Rear Covers+ | 945 MB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Front/Rear Covers+ | 1,2 GB

Mulligan Meets Monk is a studio album by American jazz pianist Thelonious Monk and baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, originally released on Riverside Records in 1957. It was remastered for CD in 1987 (and reissued on SACD in 2004) with three additional alternative takes from the original session.

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Thelonious Monk – Always Know (1979/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Always Know (1979/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz  | Time – 01:28:34 minutes | 927 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

The year 2017 will see the centenary of the birth of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. And although his music was written between the 40s and 60s, it continues to fascinate jazzmen of all generations and all aesthetics. Born of this fascination, Always Know Monk is a kaleidoscopic variation of the repertoire of the composer, repertoire passed to the prism of the many interpretations he has aroused, from Bud Powell to Alexander Von Schlippenbach through Steve Lacy and Paul Motian. The compositions are treated like mobiles, which elements move, mingle, transform, and which unity resides in the force of attraction of the “monkisms” which cross them.

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The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Miles & Monk At Newport (1964/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Miles & Monk At Newport (1964/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 51:20 minutes | 1,79 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Columbia Records
Recorded: May & July 1958, April 1963

Miles & Monk at Newport was a combined album of a Miles Davis appearance at Newport with an appearance of Thelonious Monk, from the LP era. Despite the title, the two artists do not perform together on the LP, and they are represented on each side by separate live appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival.

On the first side of the LP was a series of high tempo performances of bebop tunes and other staples of the Davis live repertoire from 1958. The performance was contemporaneous with Davis’ Milestones album. Aside from the 1973 release Jazz at the Plaza (also a 1958 concert) during the LP era, this was the only legitimate (non-bootleg) recording of a live Davis combo performance earlier than the 1960 Blackhawk recordings. As such, this performance and Jazz at the Plaza were the only legitimate live recordings representing the Kind of Blue sextet. On the second side were a few numbers by Thelonious Monk’s combo, from a 1963 Newport appearance. It featured an idiosyncratic appearance by clarinetist Pee Wee Russell. The Miles set was recorded in mono and the Monk set was recorded in stereo, so the mono LP featured a fold-down of the Monk set and the stereo LP featured an electronically re-channeled for stereo remix of the Miles set.

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The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Miles & Monk At Newport (1964/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Miles & Monk At Newport (1964/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 51:20 minutes | 1,09 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Q0buz | Front Cover | © Columbia Records
Recorded: May & July 1958, April 1963

Miles & Monk at Newport was a combined album of a Miles Davis appearance at Newport with an appearance of Thelonious Monk, from the LP era. Despite the title, the two artists do not perform together on the LP, and they are represented on each side by separate live appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival.
On the first side of the LP was a series of high tempo performances of bebop tunes and other staples of the Davis live repertoire from 1958. The performance was contemporaneous with Davis’ Milestones album. Aside from the 1973 release Jazz at the Plaza (also a 1958 concert) during the LP era, this was the only legitimate (non-bootleg) recording of a live Davis combo performance earlier than the 1960 Blackhawk recordings. As such, this performance and Jazz at the Plaza were the only legitimate live recordings representing the Kind of Blue sextet. On the second side were a few numbers by Thelonious Monk’s combo, from a 1963 Newport appearance. It featured an idiosyncratic appearance by clarinetist Pee Wee Russell. The Miles set was recorded in mono and the Monk set was recorded in stereo, so the mono LP featured a fold-down of the Monk set and the stereo LP featured an electronically re-channeled for stereo remix of the Miles set.

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Thelonious Monk – Underground (1968/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Underground (1968/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:28 minutes | 843 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia

“Underground” is a 1968 album by American jazz musician Thelonious Monk. It features Monk on piano, Larry Gales on bass, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, and Ben Riley on drums. The album is widely known for its provocative cover image, which depicts Monk as a fictitious French Resistance fighter in the Second World War. It contains a number of new Monk compositions, some of which appear in recorded form only on this album. This is the last Monk album featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet, and the last featuring Charlie Rouse.

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Thelonious Monk – 35 Essentials Of Thelonious Monk (2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thelonious Monk – 35 Essentials Of Thelonious Monk (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 03:01:31 minutes | 1,6 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © BnF Collection

“35 Essentials Of Thelonious Monk” is a collection recordings of John Coltrane compiles from the archives of Bibliothèque nationale de France…

The BnF’s audio collection, with over a million audio documents, is one of the oldest and most important ones in the world. Born in 1911 as the Archives de la parole (Archives of the spoken word), it was fortunate enough to be the recipient of donations from contemporary phonographic companies. In 1938, with the institution of legal deposit for phonograms, these contributions became systematic; to this very day, they constitute the collection’s main growth vector, forming a one-of-a-kind national heritage. This legal deposit is further complemented by donations and acquisitions.

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Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 1:23:47 minutes |  1,44 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks  | Digital Booklet  | © SAM RECORDS

The only soundtrack recorded by Thelonious Monk in 1959 to be released for the first time! Contains performances of classic Monk tunes heard in Roger Vadim’s 1960 French film Les Liaisons Dangereuses. Features Monk’s 1959 all-star band of Charlie Rouse, Sam Jones & Art Taylor, plus special guest saxophonist Barney Wilen. The package contains the digital booklet with texts, discography, never before seen photographs and memorabilia from the recording session.

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Thelonious Monk – The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection (2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Thelonious Monk – The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:52:16 minutes | 4,2 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Digital Booklet  | © Prestige

It’s surprising to hear that since the dawn of the ‘50s, Thelonious Monk already wasn’t a pianist like the others. Or even a musician like the others… With The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, we find five 10-Inches made for the label Prestige which have been reunited, restored and remastered from original tapes by Joe Tarantino: Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious (1952), Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows For LP, Featuring Sonny Rollins (1953), Thelonious Monk Quintet (1954), Thelonious Monk Plays (1954) and Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk (1954). Artistically, Monk was already in his honeymoon period even though this perhaps wasn’t the most joyous time in the musician’s life. The law had confiscated his professional card, forbidding him from playing in clubs in New York. But the contract that Bob Weinstock made him sign with Prestige allowed him to shine during this time in the recording studios. So here we find a musician who’s hungrier than ever before. He’s adventurous too. Not to mention being ahead of the jazz of his time. Already, on a few recordings for Blue Note carried out between the end of the 40s and 1952, Monk went down jazz paths less trodden without ever straying off the route. Here, the whole affair is even more striking. Most of all in the pieces where he is joined by another genius, Sonny Rollins, who also devoted himself to shaking up the rules of a thriving musical genre that was at its most intense and revolutionising age.

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Thelonious Monk – Criss-Cross (1963/2017) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Criss-Cross (1963/2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 36:46  minutes |  773 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover  | © Columbia – Legacy

„Criss-Cross“, Thelonious Monk’s second album for Columbia Records, features some of the finest work that Monk ever did in the studio with his ’60s trio and quartet. Criss-Cross is a swing-influenced bop album featuring complex melodies and harmonies, Monk’s unique style of stride piano, and his unique ideas on pitch qualities for his improvisations. The title track, “Criss-Cross,” is one of his more critically acclaimed compositions. For this recording, Monk cut out two bars from the original music in order to speed up the overall feel of the piece. It also features Monk’s highly personal use of rhythmic displacement. “Eronel” is a distinctly bop tune that is fast-paced and showcases Monk’s virtuousic stride-style piano playing. The track “Crepuscule with Nellie” was a piece Monk had written for his wife.

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