Thelonious Monk Trio
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With the sole exception of an October 24, 1947 Blue Note date, Thelonious Monk didn’t record any trio sides during the early years of his career other than the ones presented on this LP, which were taped for Prestige in 1952 and 1954. These were Monk’s first recorded versions of all of the compositions included. Considering his lack of recording opportunities, however, it can’t be assumed that he composed them all strictly for the 1952-1954 sessions. Some of them had been written many years earlier, as Monk is known to have already composed many of his tunes by 1944. Other than the pianist’s originalcompositions, the trio also cut two standards, “These Foolish Things” and “Sweet and Lovely”. “Just a Gigolo” was the only unaccompanied piano performance of the sessions.