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The mystery and haunting angular beauty of Thelonious Monk's unadorned keyboard sides are the focus of Solo Monk. As if holding the history of jazz in his hands, Monk's solo recordings and performances from every phase of his career remain pure. The components of what made Monk such an uncompromising composer, arranger, and especially bandmember are evident in every note he plays. The disc includes both Monk originals as well as several covers of pop music standards. A majority of these sides were cut during a West Coast swing in late October and early November 1964. This highly productive jaunt would likewise yield two live releases: Live at the It Club and Live at the Jazz Workshop; both would feature Monk's quartet. On an emotional level, however, these sides arguably surpass many of the band recordings. "Sweet and Lovely" contains several passages that are played with the command and intensity usually demanded of a classical work. The intense yet sophisticated chord progressions that punctuate "Ruby, My Dear" transform what once were simple pop melodies into unaccompanied rhapsodies. Monk transforms the solitude of "Everything Happens to Me" into a minor bop masterpiece replete with his signature disjointed phrasings and variable pacing. Parties interested in a more complete retrospective of Thelonious Monk's '60s solo recordings should also check out Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo Piano Recordings 1962-1968.
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1
Dinah (Take 2) (Album Version)
00:02:28

Joe Young, Composer - Joe Young, Lyricist - Harry Akst, Composer - Harry Akst, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Sam Lewis, Composer - Sam Lewis, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

2
I Surrender, Dear (Album Version)
00:03:45

Gordon Clifford, Composer - Gordon Clifford, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Harry Barris, Composer - Harry Barris, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

3
Sweet And Lovely (Take 2) (Album Version)
00:03:00

Harry Tobias, Composer - Harry Tobias, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Gus Arnheim, Composer - Gus Arnheim, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Jules Lemare, Composer - Jules Lemare, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

4
North Of The Sunset (Album Version)
00:01:53

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

5
Ruby, My Dear (Album Version)
00:05:40

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

Originally released 1965. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (Album Version)
00:02:37

Teo Macero, Producer - Ellis Reynolds, Composer - Ellis Reynolds, Lyricist - Don Dougherty, Composer - Don Dougherty, Lyricist - Al J. Neiburg, Composer - Al J. Neiburg, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

7
I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Album Version)
00:03:18

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Ray Noble, Composer - Ray Noble, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

8
Everything Happens To Me (Take 3) (Album Version)
00:03:29

Matt Dennis, Composer - Matt Dennis, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Tom Adair, Composer - Tom Adair, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

9
Monk's Point (Album Version)
00:02:17

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

10
I Should Care (Album Version)
00:01:57

Teo Macero, Producer - Sammy Cahn, Composer - Sammy Cahn, Lyricist - Paul Weston, Composer - Paul Weston, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Axel Stordahl, Composer - Axel Stordahl, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

11
Ask Me Now (Album Version)
00:04:37

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

12
These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) (Album Version)
00:03:34

Teo Macero, Producer - Holt Marvell, Composer - Holt Marvell, Lyricist - Jack Strachey, Composer - Jack Strachey, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

13
Introspection (Album Version)
00:02:11

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

14
Darn That Dream (Album Version)
00:03:39

Eddie DeLange, Composer - Eddie DeLange, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Jimmy Van Heusen, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

15
Dinah (Take 1) (Album Version)
00:02:22

Joe Young, Composer - Joe Young, Lyricist - Harry Akst, Composer - Harry Akst, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Sam Lewis, Composer - Sam Lewis, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

16
Sweet And Lovely (Take 1) (Album Version)
00:03:16

Harry Tobias, Composer - Harry Tobias, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Gus Arnheim, Composer - Gus Arnheim, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Jules Lemare, Composer - Jules Lemare, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

17
Ruby, My Dear (Take 1) (Album Version)
00:04:44

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

18
I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (Take 1) (Album Version)
00:02:41

Teo Macero, Producer - Ellis Reynolds, Composer - Ellis Reynolds, Lyricist - Don Dougherty, Composer - Don Dougherty, Lyricist - Al J. Neiburg, Composer - Al J. Neiburg, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

19
I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Take 2) (Album Version)
00:03:18

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Ray Noble, Composer - Ray Noble, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

20
Everything Happens To Me (Re-Take 1) (Album Version)
00:05:18

Matt Dennis, Composer - Matt Dennis, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Tom Adair, Composer - Tom Adair, Lyricist - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Performer

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

21
Ask Me Now (Take 1) (Album Version)
00:03:43

Teo Macero, Producer - Thelonious Monk, Piano - Thelonious Monk, Composer - Thelonious Monk, Performer - Thelonious Monk, Lyricist

(P) 2003 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT

Album Description

The mystery and haunting angular beauty of Thelonious Monk's unadorned keyboard sides are the focus of Solo Monk. As if holding the history of jazz in his hands, Monk's solo recordings and performances from every phase of his career remain pure. The components of what made Monk such an uncompromising composer, arranger, and especially bandmember are evident in every note he plays. The disc includes both Monk originals as well as several covers of pop music standards. A majority of these sides were cut during a West Coast swing in late October and early November 1964. This highly productive jaunt would likewise yield two live releases: Live at the It Club and Live at the Jazz Workshop; both would feature Monk's quartet. On an emotional level, however, these sides arguably surpass many of the band recordings. "Sweet and Lovely" contains several passages that are played with the command and intensity usually demanded of a classical work. The intense yet sophisticated chord progressions that punctuate "Ruby, My Dear" transform what once were simple pop melodies into unaccompanied rhapsodies. Monk transforms the solitude of "Everything Happens to Me" into a minor bop masterpiece replete with his signature disjointed phrasings and variable pacing. Parties interested in a more complete retrospective of Thelonious Monk's '60s solo recordings should also check out Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo Piano Recordings 1962-1968.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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