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Thelonious Monk – Palo Alto (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Palo Alto (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:20 minutes | 513 GM | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Legacy Recordings

After the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1968, racial tensions across the country rose. Palo Alto, a largely white college town in Cali, wasn’t immune. Danny Scher, a junior at the high school, had a dream to have Thelonious Monk perform and help bring about racial unity the community while raising funds for the International Committee. After many twists and turns, the triumphantly successful concert eventually happened. Now available on CD; Softpak w/ booklet & foldable poster.

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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 – Solo Monk (1965/1999) [DSF DSD64/2.82MHz + FLAC 24bit/48kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Solo Monk (1965/1999)
DSD64 (.dff) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 41:19 minutes | 1,63 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 41:19 minutes | 444 MB
Source: SACD-R, Sony Music Japan # SRGS-4520 | Artwork: Scans (PDF)

“Solo Monk” is the eighth album Thelonious Monk originally released for Columbia Records in 1965. The album is composed entirely of solo piano work by Monk. In addition to various vinyl and CD issues, Sony Music issued an SACD in Japan.

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Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (1963) [MFSL 2019] PS3 ISO + FLAC

Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (1963) [MFSL 2019]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:28 minutes | Scans included | 1,76 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 0,97 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2207

Originally released in early 1963, Monk’s Dream was the first Thelonious Monk album for Columbia. At the time this was recorded, he had become one of the preeminent figures in contemporary jazz. His move to Columbia put him in the company of a couple of the era’s other major talents and commercial successes, Miles Davis and Dave Brubeck, and his quartet was stabilized for a couple years with tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse (with him since 1958), bassist John Ore, and drummer Frankie Dunlop.r-celebrated in its day, Monk’s Dream is rich with the confidence of a band at its peak.

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Thelonious Monk – Monk (2018/2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Monk (2018/2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:44 minutes | 842 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Gearbox Records

This is a previously unreleased, precious lost treasure from Thelonious Monk’s most critically acclaimed line-up; Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. The music was recorded live in Copenhagen in 1963 at the peak of Monk’s career. A year later he was to feature on the cover of TIME magazine, one of only four Jazz artists ever to do so.

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Thelonious Monk – Mønk (2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Mønk (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 41:44 minutes | 840 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Gearbox Records

Hot on the heels of Impulse’s recently unearthed Coltrane number one hit album comes another beauty from Jazz’s ‘Holy Trinity’. This is a previously unreleased, precious lost treasure from Monk’s most critically acclaimed line-up; Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. The music was recorded live in Copenhagen in 1963 at the peak of Monk’s career. A year later he was to feature on the cover of TIME magazine, one of only for 4 Jazz artists ever to do so.

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Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington (2016) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 36:22 minutes | 320 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Original Jazz Sound

Monk’s first recording for the Riverside label, where producers Keepnews and Grauer “thought that Monk’s first LPs would reach a wider audience if he did not record his original music” and accordingly proposed to do an “all-Ellington album” (Robin Kelley, Thelonious Monk, 2009, page 190). Recording dates on July 21st and 27th, 1955 at Van Gelder’s Hackensack studio in New Jersey. Monk with bassist Oscar Pettiford and drummer Kenny Clarke. When Riverside reissued the album in 1958, the title was changed from “Thelonious Monk Plays the Music Of Duke Ellington” to Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington” and the cover art was replaced by Henri Rousseau’s painting “Repast of the Lion.”

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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 – 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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