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.
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.
01. Monk’s Dream
02. Body and Soul
03. Bright Mississippi
04. Five Spot Blues
05. Bolivar Blues
06. Just a Gigolo
08. Sweet and Lovely
Thelonious Monk – piano
Charlie Rouse – tenor sax
John Ore – bass
Frankie Dunlop – drums
Recorded on October 31, November 1, 2 & 6, 1962 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, NYC.
Mastered by Shawn R. Britton at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.