The Unique Thelonious Monk
2 Bonus Tracks/ 180gr./ Images by Francis Wolff
Bonus Track(s), High Quality, Gatefold sleeve
Monk’s first major record contract was with Riverside, though at that time the company was just a small independent label that paled in comparison to the magnitude of Columbia, which would be his next step to success. The pianist’s obscurity at the time, and his aura as a difficult musicians’ musician, led Riverside’s producer Orrin Keepnews to have Monk dedicate his two earliest LPs for the label to interpretations of songs by other composers: a homage to Duke Ellington and the LP presented here, The Unique Thelonious Monk, a set of well-known standards. The positive reception of these works by the public would result in Keepnews allowing Monk to record his own compositions. Backing Monk are such brilliant musicians as Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Art Blakey on drums.
THELONIOUS MONK, piano
OSCAR PETTIFORD, bass
ART BLAKEY, drums
Hackensack, New Jersey, March 17 & April 3, 1956.
(*) BONUS TRACKS:
Same personnel but GENE RAMEY (bass) replaces Pettiford.
New York, October 24, 1947.
01. LIZA (ALL THE CLOUDS’LL ROLL AWAY)
02 MEMORIES OF YOU
03 HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
04 DARN THAT DREAM
05 NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT (*)
01 TEA FOR TWO
02 YOU ARE TOO BEAUTIFUL
03 JUST YOU, JUST ME
04 APRIL IN PARIS (*)