Genre: Jazz
Label: Fantasy


Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane Mono Stereo SACD

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John Coltrane’s development as an improviser accelerated in the mid-1950s when he was with Miles Davis. During six months of 1957 with Thelonious Monk in a celebrated engagement at New York’s Five Spot Café, it went into overdrive. Coltrane said later, "Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order. I felt I learned from him in every way - through the senses, theoretically, technically." Because of the artists’ conflicting contractual agreements, Jazzland (Riverside’s sister label) was unable to capture the Monk quartet live at the Five Spot. Producer Orrin Keepnews managed to record three studio tracks that did not see the light of day until the sixties. "Ruby, My Dear," "Trinkle, Tinkle" and "Nutty" let us hear what all the excitement was about. "Off Minor" and "Epistrophy" find Monk and Coltrane in a septet that included the great Coleman Hawkins. The CD also includes "Functional," an unforgettable Monk solo blues.

Mono Tracks: #1, 2, 4
Thelonious Monk, piano
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Wilbur Ware, bass
Shadow Wilson, drums
Stereo Tracks: #3, 5
Thelonious Monk, piano
Ray Copeland, trumpet
Gigi Gryce, alto saxophone
John Coltrane, tenor saxophone
Coleman Hawkins, tenor saxophone
Wilbur Ware, bass
Art Blakey, drums

1. Ruby, My Dear
2. Trinkle, Tinkle
3. Off Minor
4. Nutty
5. Epistrophy
6. Functional
All tracks Mono, except #3 & 5.
Total Time: 38:00

Produced by Orrin Keepnews
Recorded at Reeves Studios, New York City: July 1957 (#1, 2, 4), June 26, 1957 (#3, 5) and April 12, 1957 (#6).
Engineer - Jack Higgins
Mastering - Joe Tarantino (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley)

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