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.
Hot on the heels of Impulse’s recently unearthed Coltrane number one hit album comes another beauty from Jazz’s ‘Holy Trinity’. The performance, a mixture of Monk originals and interpretations of standards, showcases Monk at his prime: full of avant-garde flair and wit, but always with a swinging feel that explains his title as the “High Priest of Bebop”. The original tapes, saved from a skip and blessed with the approval of the Monk estate, have been faithfully restored, mastered and cut using Gearbox’s legendary all-analogue process, then transferred to high-fidelity digital formats.
01 – Bye-Ya
02 – Nutty
03 – I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
04 – Body and Soul
05 – Monk’s Dream
Recorded on March 5, 1963 at Odd Fellow Palaeet, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones & Darrel Sheinman at Gearbox Records.
Thelonious Monk – piano
Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone
John Ore – double bass
Frankie Dunlop – drums