The Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall LP

The Thelonious Monk Orchestra

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Vinyl Reissue Series Commemorates 65th Anniversary of Prestige Records and 90th Birthday of Legendary Engineer Rudy Van Gelder!

The Thelonious Monk Orchestra At Town Hall is an album by Thelonious Monk, originally released in 1959. The concert included Hall Overton’s arrangements on Monk’s tunes (including a transcription of Monk's piano solo on "Little Rootie Tootie"). A rarity in pianist Thelonious Monk's recorded output, At Town Hall captures the idiosyncratic genius in concert with a large ensemble featuring a star-studded cast, including trumpeter Donald Byrd, trombonist Eddie Bert, altoist Phil Woods, tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, and baritonist Pepper Adams among others.

The 1959 Town Hall concert was a major success and one of only two recorded performances of Monk in a large group setting. Highlights include original arrangements by Hall Overton and Monk's stylish, impressionistic soloing throughout. A truly unique date, and one that fans of Monk should not hesitate to pick up, this classic LP is now available on vinyl.

"...this date was a real standout. There would only be one other recorded occasion -- Monk's 1963 Philharmonic Hall concert -- when the unique pianist was as successfully featured with a larger ensemble." -Scott Yanow,

• Prestige Records 65th Anniversary Reissue
• Vinyl Reissue

Thelonious Monk, piano
Donald Byrd, trumpet
Eddie Bert, trombone
Phil Woods, alto sax
Charlie Rouse, tenor sax
Pepper Adams, baritone sax
Robert Northern, french horn
Jay McAllister, tuba
Sam Jones, bass
Art Taylor, drums

Side One:

1. Thelonious
2. Friday the 13th
3. Monk's Mood
Side Two:
1. Little Rootie Tootie
2. Off Minor
3. Crepuscule with Nellie

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