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One of the new works, "Jackie-ing", leads off the disc. It exemplifies the loose, disjointed, and exceedingly difficult arrangements that would define Monk as a premier composer/arranger/bandleader. This is in contrast to Monk the keyboard player and band member, which he skilfully demonstrates throughout the track as well as the rest of the album.
With the robust ambience of Fugazi Hall in San Francisco at his disposal, Thelonious Monk recorded ten unaccompanied tracks over two days to create a long-awaited sequel to his immensely endearing Thelonious Himself long-player. As had become somewhat customary for Monk, he brought with him a healthy sampling from his voluminous back catalog, cover tunes, as well as a few new compositions.
45rpm Limited Edition
This is Thelonious Monks eighth Riverside LP. Like all its predecessors and, undoubtedly, like the recordings to come it offers.......
I can say that hearing this for the first time was jolting and the mono sound quality is excellent, especially harmonically.
45rpm Limited Edition
There could never be any such thing as an "ordinary" Thelonious Monk recording. Any musical creation by this artist is bound to be distintive...
Monk's second album for Riverside continued the label's initial plan to broaden his audience by the use of recognizable standard tunes instead of his somewhat frightening originals.
The varied catalog of memorable Riverside albums by Thelonious Monk includes two solo-piano efforts.
The place: one of New York’s most celebrated jazz rooms, the Five Spot.
The most impresssive point to be made about his record is that it is a product of precisely the same night's work as the earlier Riversid album, Thelonious Action(AOJC 103); the two are in all respects a matched set.
The most impresssive point to be made about his record is that it is a product of precisely the same night's work as the earlier Riverside album, Thelonious Action(AOJC 103); the two are in all respects a match.
Steve Lacy, the soprano saxophonist who worked with Monk for 16 weeks in
1960, has said of Monk's music: "Monk has got his own poetry and you've
got to get the fragrance of it".d set.