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Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (1963) [Reissue 2015] {PS3 ISO + DSF DSD64 + Hi-Res FLAC}

Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream (1963) [Reissue 2015]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 43:31 minutes | Scans NOT included | 1,76 GB
or DSD64 2.0 (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Scans NOT included | 1,71 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans NOT included | 874 MB

Monk’s Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight – almost telepathic – dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre. By the early ’60s, bop had become considered passé by artists as well as fans looking for the next musical trend. This is coupled with the fact that discerning Monk fans would have undoubtedly recognized many of these titles from several live recordings issued at the end of his tenure on Riverside. Not to belabor the point, however, but precious few musicians understood the layer upon layer of complexities and challenges that Monk’s music created. On tracks such as “Five Spot Blues” and “Bolivar Blues,” Rouse and Dunlop demonstrate their uncanny abilities by squeezing in well-placed instrumental fills, while never getting hit by the unpredictable rhythmic frisbees being tossed about by Monk. Augmenting the six quartet recordings are two solo sides: “Just a Gigolo” and “Body and Soul.” Most notable about Monk’s solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings in the late ’40s. Monk’s Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast.

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Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Alone In San Francisco (1959/2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Alone In San Francisco (1959/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24bit/192kHz | Time – 00:41:02 minutes | 1,81 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Craft Recordings

Thelonious Alone in San Francisco is jazz pianist Thelonious Monk’s third solo album, recorded in 1959. (Piano Solo, aka Solo 1954, recorded in Paris, and Thelonious Himself (1957), were Monk’s previous forays into this form.)

It was recorded in Fugazi Hall, San Francisco, California, on October 21 and 22, 1959, but without an audience present.

“Bluehawk” and “Round Lights” were improvised blues which appeared only in these recorded versions. The other Monk compositions had appeared in prior recordings.

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Thelonious Monk – Always Know (1979/2018) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Always Know (1979/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:28:34 minutes | 3,44 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Columbia – Legacy

Thelonious Monk fans in particular are advised to search for this valuable two-LP set for it contains a variety of unissued material from the pianist/composer’s six-year period with Columbia. Monk is heard on three piano solos, with his regular working quartet, heading a trio on “Easy Street” and at his renowned Lincoln Center concert with a nonet on “Light Blue” and “Bye Ya.” The music on this two-fer is at the same consistent high level as his Columbia recordings of the 1960s and contains some surprising moments. – Scott Yanow

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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 – Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1951/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 (1951/2013)

FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 36:43 minutes | 780 MB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Blue Note Records

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 1510

High Resolution Mastering by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering

Genius of Modern Music Volume One is an electrifying compilation highlighting the innovations of Thelonious Monk. The album features early Monk compositions that ultimately transformed into jazz standards. Guest musicians include Art Blakey, Milt Jackson, Gene Ramey, Sahib Shihab, John Simmons, Billy Smith, Shadow Wilson, Danny Quebec West and George Taitt. It includes the classic tunes “Well You Needn’t” and “In Walked Bud.” Genius of Modern Music Volume One is listed on Q’s “Best Jazz Albums of All Time” and Vibe’s “100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century.”

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Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 (1952/2013) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 2 (1952/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 38:04 minutes | 807 GB | Genre: Jazz
Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks.com | Digital Booklet | © Blue Note Records

Originally released as Blue Note BLP 1511

High Resolution Mastering by Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering

Genius of Modern Music Volume Two is the second installment highlighting Monk’s undeniable genius. This stunning body of work includes the classics “Skippy,” “Let’s Cool One” and “Ask Me Now.” Guest virtuosos include Max Roach, Gene Ramey, Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham, Lou Donaldson, Lucky Thompson and many others. This is an essential document of jazz history.

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Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (1959/2011) [Official Digital Download 24bit/88,2kHz]

Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (1959/2011)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 45:10 minutes | 849 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: HDTracks | Digital booklet | @ Original Jazz Classics

Among the other aspects of his genius, Thelonious Monk was a brilliant solo pianist, as he proved on two classic unaccompanied recitals for Riverside. This sequel to the acclaimed Thelonious Himself was recorded in 1959 and found Monk in a relaxed mood that led to some of his most thoughtful and moving playing. The program maintains a winning balance among Monk’s classic ballad creations, his blunt blues lines (with debut performances of “Bluehawk” and “Round Lights”), and a selection of pop tunes from his youth including the obscure “There’s Danger in Your Eyes, Cherie”.

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Thelonious Monk Trio – Thelonious Monk Trio (Rudy Van Gelder Remaster) (1954/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Thelonious Monk Trio – Thelonious Monk Trio (1954/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:48 minutes | 374 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Digital Booklet | © Prestige Records
Recorded: October 15 (#5,6,7,8), December 18 (#3,4,9,10), 1952, and September 22 (#1,2), 1954 at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ
Remastered: 2007, Rudy Van Gelder at Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

The position of legendary figure is usually reserved for a deceased musician who has played two decades before. It usually requires this posthumous status and span of time, for the various stories concerning him to grow into a legend but it took a very much alive Thelonious Monk only five years to surround himself with an air of mystery and receive the title “High Priest of Bebop” in the Forties.

Perhaps this element of weird glamour prevented many people from enjoying Monk’s music to the fullest extent. Certainly he is always low man on the totem pole whenever the triumvirate of the founding fathers of bop is evaluated. This is due in part, no doubt, to the greater solo prowess of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, but Thelonious’s contributions in time, chord patterns, and the original lines resulting from them were unjustly minimized. Actually they were the basis for much of the jazz of the Forties and Fifties.

Today he stands as an individual, a highly original musician who is the mentor of many young musicians in New York and the influence of countless others all over the globe. In his writing and playing, he consistently proves his right to the often misapplied title of creator. This album is composed of two separate sessions. As a belated sequel to Thelonious’s successful trio sessions of 1952, this one was also richly rewarding.

Though not a great soloist from the standpoint of technique, brilliance, and flash, Monk’s originality of style and width of idea serve to make him a highly interesting and important one. His playing can be characterized by roast beef, and a martini in which vermouth plays a very minor supporting role; much meat and very dry.

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