MONK’S BEST SELLING ALBUM EVER! INCLUDES 6 BONUS TRACKS
5 STARS DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE - 5 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
This release presents the complete original LP Monk’s Dream (Columbia CS8765), which marks Thelonious Monk’s first LP for Columbia, and which became his best-selling album ever. It features the pianist/composer performing a combination of his own tunes and his favorite standards, which he made his own. He is backed here by his classic quartet featuring Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, John Ore on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums.
As a bonus, a program consisting of his first studio versions of most of the tunes from the album, some of them dating from a decade earlier, plus a 1961 live solo piano version of “Body and Soul” - a song he first recorded in the studio on Monk’s Dream.
THELONIOUS MONK, piano CHARLIE ROUSE, tenor sax JOHN ORE, bass FRANKIE DUNLOP, drums
All tracks recorded in New York between October 31 & November 6, 1962
Original recordings produced by TEO MACERO.
(9-14) BONUS TRACKS
(9), (12) & (13): Thelonious Monk (p), Gary Mapp (b), Art Blakey (d).
New York, October 15, 1952. Original recording produced by Bob Weinstock.
(11): Thelonious Monk (unaccompanied piano). Hackensack, N.J., September 22, 1954.
(10): Ernie Henry (as), Sonny Rollins (ts), Thelonious Monk (p), Oscar Pettiford (b),
Max Roach (d). New York, October 9, 1956.
(14): Thelonious Monk (unaccompanied piano).
Live at Teatro Lirico, Milan, Italy, April 21, 1961.
INCLUDES 12 PAGE BOOKLET
01 MONK’S DREAM 6:28
02 BODY AND SOUL [solo piano] 4:30
03 BRIGHT MISSISSIPPI 8:38
04 FIVE SPOT BLUES 3:16
05 BLUE BOLIVAR BLUES 7:33
06 JUST A GIGOLO [solo piano] 2:29
07 BYE-YA 5:24
08 SWEET AND LOVELY 7:52
09 MONK’S DREAM [original trio version, 1952] 3:05 *
10 BLUE BOLIVAR BLUES [original 1956 quintet version] 13:25 *
11 JUST A GIGOLO [solo piano; original 1954 version] 3:00 *
12 BYE-YA [original trio version, 1952] 2:45 *
13 SWEET AND LOVELY [original trio version, 1952] 3:33 *
14 BODY AND SOUL [solo piano; live in 1961] 4:48 *
TOTAL TIME: 76:52
DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE REVIEW: “This important album, Monk’s first after a long absence from the recording studio, is a stunning reaffirmation of his power as a performer and composer. It is a brilliant and absorbing program of five Monk originals and three standards (and they might just as well be originals, so startling is their transformation at his hands). This is a beautiful album in every respect, completely stimulating in each second of its more than 47 minutes” (Pete Welding)
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