Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 [2001 Bonus Tracks]

Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1 [2001 Bonus Tracks]

by Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk


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Volume 1 of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music set comprises the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader, on October 15 and 24 and November 21 of 1947. It's impossible to overstate the importance of these sessions. They include some of the earliest recordings of Monk compositions that would become standards, despite their angularity and technical difficulty: the strange, sideways chord progression of "Thelonious"; the bouncy and cheerful but melodically cockeyed "Well, You Needn't"; the post-bop Bud Powell tribute "In Walked Bud"; and, of course, "'Round Midnight," which is now one of the most frequently recorded jazz compositions ever. There are kinks to be worked out: Art Blakey's drumming is fine, but he obviously hasn't quite taken the measure of Monk's compositional genius, and on the November session, alto saxophonist Sahib Shihab employs a fat, warbly tone that sounds out of place. But the excitement of discovery permeates every measure, and Monk himself is in top form, his solos jagged and strange, yet utterly beautiful. This first volume of Genius of Modern Music, along with the second, belongs in every jazz collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/31/2001
Label: Blue Note Records
UPC: 0724353213824
catalogNumber: 32138

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Max Roach   Drums
Lucky Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Smith   Tenor Saxophone
McKibbon   Bass
Gene Ramey   Bass
Art Blakey   Drums
Nelson Boyd   Bass
Lou Donaldson   Alto Saxophone
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone
John Simmons   Bass
Idrees Sulieman   Trumpet
Danny Quebec West   Alto Saxophone
Shadow Wilson   Drums
Bob Paige   Bass
George Taitt   Trumpet
Billy Smith   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Michael Cuscuna   Producer,Reissue Producer
Ira Gitler   Liner Notes
Doug Hawkins   Engineer
Alfred Lion   Producer
Bob Blumenthal   Liner Notes
Paul Bacon   Cover Design

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