Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan – Mulligan Meets Monk (1957) [Reissue 2004]
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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.
Mulligan Meets Monk documents the 1957 meeting of two sharp musical minds. Though the pairing may seem unlikely, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan – whose cool, West Coast style blends dexterity with laid-back grace – and Thelonious Monk – whose radical, angular piano playing and thoroughly modern compositions are blueprints for the possibilities of bop – sound remarkable together. In fact, it is the contrast between the players’ styles that lends this set its balance and appeal. The program, which includes four compositions by Monk and one by Mulligan, is unassailable. Mulligan acquits himself admirably on the Monk classics “‘Round Midnight,” “Rhythm-a-ning,” and “Straight, No Chaser,” unfurling his smooth tone over their zigzagging melodies and ambitious scalar architecture. Mulligan’s “Decidedly,” a bright bop workout, fits easily alongside Monk’s tunes, especially with the help of Monk’s off-kilter, accented comping. Bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Shadow Wilson lend solid support to the spirited playing of the two leaders, making this top-notch session – with its great tunes, chemistry, and soloing – a true classic.
01. ‘Round Midnight
03. Sweet and Lovely
04. Decidedly (take 4)
05. Decidedly (take 5)
06. Straight, No Chaser (take 3)
07. Straight, No Chaser (take 1)
08. I Mean You (take 4)
09. I Mean You (take 2)
Recorded on August 12–13, 1957 at Reeves Sound Studios, New York City.
Tracks “5,7 & 9” not on original LP release.
Thelonious Monk – piano
Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
Wilbur Ware – double bass
Shadow Wilson – drums