All Analogue Mono Vinyl LP!
TAS Rated 4.5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the December 2018 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
News of a previously unreleased recording by any of jazz's "holy trinity" is a reason to get excited. Now two have come along in the space of a few months. For hot on the heels of Impulse's hit Coltrane release comes this precious lost treasure from prime-era Monk, featuring his most critically acclaimed Quartet. 'Mønk' is a memorable live set (Copenhagen, Denmark) from 1963 featuring, among other gems, glorious versions of soon-to-be classics "Bye-Ya" and "Monks Dream" that outdo even the famous studio versions. It's most definitely Monk in his pomp, heralding a year in which Monk would become one of only 4 jazz artists to ever appear on the front cover of TIME magazine.
The original tapes, having been saved from a skip, have been faithfully restored, mastered and cut using Gearbox's legendary all-analogue process, making this a treat for audiophiles, enthusiasts, historians and music lovers of all shapes and sizes.
"This music is modernist, bluesy, soulful, weird, and so damn swinging. The quartet is a 'thing', an organism that radiates correctly and naturally. How wonderful to have another document of this masterful band on a good night." - Ethan Iverson (The Bad Plus)
"Though not as earthshaking as the recently rediscovered John Coltrane session (Both Directions at Once), this previously unreleased set also demands the attention of serious jazz fans, particularly audiophiles. The difference is that this is not a 'lost' studio session but a concert recording by a quartet (with Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone; John Orr, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums) that left us over a dozen other live recordings. And when one includes quartet dates by Monk, Rouse and a different rhythm tandem, that number more than doubles. So why should listeners who already have several other records by this group worry about this one? The main reason is that the sound quality here is terrific, and the balance between piano, bass, and drums is amazing. Many have felt that this was the perfect bass and drummer for Monk, but rarely has the interplay between them sounded so vivid. Yes, we have heard this group playing these tunes, but that does not mean there are no surprises - in fact there are plenty of them, on every track. If you are among those who really love Monk, you are bound to love Monk." - Duck Baker, The Absolute Sound, December 2018
• Audiophile Vinyl LP (AAA)
• Analogue recording, analogue mix and analogue master using the original source tapes
• Cut in-house with Gearbox's 1967 Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head & Telefunken U73B tube limiter
• Decca valve equalisation
• Monitored on Audio Note equipment
• Previously unreleased
Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone
Johne Ore, double bass
Frankie Dunlop, drums
1. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
2. Body And Soul
3. Monk's Dream
Recorded on March 5th, 1963 at Odd Fellow Palaeet, Copenhagen, Denmark