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The studio and live recording sessions that Thelonious Monk cut during his six-year stay at the Riverside label are compiled over the 15 discs in the Complete Riverside Recordings. This middle era -- between his early sides for Prestige and the final ones for Columbia -- is generally considered Monk's most ingenious and creative period. The sessions are presented in chronological order, accurately charting the progression and diversions of one of the most genuinely enigmatic figures in popular music. The Complete Riverside Recordings explores Monk's genius with a certain degree of real-time analysis that simply listening to each of the individual albums from this era lacks. This is due in part to the 14 additional performances exclusive to this collection. However, a more satisfying level of assessing Monk's indelible marks of extemporaneous perfection can be heard within his prankster-like sense of timing or innate penchant for sophisticated arrangements. Among the sessions captured on this exhaustive set are the Duke Ellington sides and the Sonny Rollins era (which yielded the genre-defining Brilliant Corners), as well as meetings with Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, and Gerry Mulligan. Additionally, the entire Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall performance is presented just as it went down -- with solo and quartet sets intact. Accompanying the discs is a 28-page full-size (12"x12") booklet that is indispensable in dispelling myths and making sense of the convoluted and seemingly random order in which many of these recordings have been previously issued. It also contains a complete sessionography annotated by Monk's producer during this era, Orrin Keepnews. This is a convenient, albeit pricey way to obtain all of this remarkable music.
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1
It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
Thelonious Monk
00:04:38

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

2
Sophisticated Lady
Thelonious Monk
00:04:28

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Mitchell Parish, ComposerLyricist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

3
I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
Thelonious Monk
00:05:53

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Paul Francis Webster, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

4
Black And Tan Fantasy
Thelonious Monk
00:03:25

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Bubber Miley, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

5
Mood Indigo
Thelonious Monk
00:03:14

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Barney Bigard, Composer - Irving Mills, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

6
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
Thelonious Monk
00:05:40

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - HENRY NEMO, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - John Redmond, ComposerLyricist - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

7
Solitude
Thelonious Monk
00:03:42

Duke Ellington, ComposerLyricist - Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Delange, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

8
Caravan
Thelonious Monk
00:05:54

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Irving Mills, ComposerLyricist - Juan Tizol, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 1955 Riverside, Inc.

9
Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away)
Thelonious Monk
00:03:11

George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Gus Kahn, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1956 Fantasy, Inc.

10
Memories Of You
Thelonious Monk
00:04:17

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Andy Razaf, ComposerLyricist - Eubie Blake, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1956 Fantasy, Inc.

11
Honeysuckle Rose
Thelonious Monk
00:05:31

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Andy Razaf, ComposerLyricist - Fats Waller, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1956 Fantasy, Inc.

12
Darn That Dream
Thelonious Monk
00:06:30

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Edgar De Lang, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1956 Fantasy, Inc.

13
Tea For Two
Thelonious Monk
00:05:55

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Vincent Youmans, ComposerLyricist - Irving Caesar, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1956 Fantasy, Inc.

DISC 2

1
You Are Too Beautiful
Thelonious Monk
00:04:55

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Lorenz Hart, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1956 Fantasy, Inc.

2
Just You, Just Me
Thelonious Monk
00:07:58

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Raymond Klages, ComposerLyricist - Jesse Greer, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1956 Fantasy, Inc.

3
Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
Thelonious Monk
00:13:23

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Pettiford, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ernie Henry, Alto Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, FeaturedArtist - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

4
Pannonica (Opening)
Thelonious Monk
00:02:34

Thelonious Monk, Composer, MainArtist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1986 Fantasy, Inc.

5
Pannonica
Thelonious Monk
00:08:51

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Pettiford, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ernie Henry, Alto Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, FeaturedArtist - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

6
Brilliant Corners
Thelonious Monk
00:07:45

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Pettiford, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ernie Henry, Alto Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, FeaturedArtist - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

7
Bemsha Swing
Thelonious Monk
00:07:51

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Chambers, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ernie Henry, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Denzil Best, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

8
I Surrender, Dear
Thelonious Monk
00:05:32

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oscar Pettiford, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Ernie Henry, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Rollins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Clifford, ComposerLyricist - Max Roach, Drum, AssociatedPerformer - Harry Barris, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

DISC 3

1
(I Don't Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance With You (Take 5)
Thelonious Monk
00:04:13

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Victor Young, Composer - Ned Washington, Author - Bing Crosby, Author - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1986 Fantasy, Inc.

2
I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
Thelonious Monk
00:04:22

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Victor Young, ComposerLyricist - Ned Washington, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

3
I Should Care (Take 1)
Thelonious Monk
00:03:29

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Sammy Cahn, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, ComposerLyricist - Axel Stordahl, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1986 Fantasy, Inc.

4
I Should Care (Take 2)
Thelonious Monk
00:03:20

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Sammy Cahn, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, ComposerLyricist - Axel Stordahl, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1986 Fantasy, Inc.

5
I Should Care
Thelonious Monk
00:03:12

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Sammy Cahn, ComposerLyricist - Paul Weston, ComposerLyricist - Axel Stordahl, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

6
'Round Midnight (In Progress)
Thelonious Monk
00:21:56

Thelonious Monk, Composer, MainArtist - Bernie Hanighen, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Charles Cootie Williams, Composer

℗ 1987 Riverside, Inc.

7
'Round Midnight
Thelonious Monk
00:06:40

Thelonious Monk, Composer, MainArtist - Bernie Hanighen, Composer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Charles Cootie Williams, Composer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

8
April In Paris
Thelonious Monk
00:03:51

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - E.Y. HARBURG, ComposerLyricist - Vernon Duke, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

9
I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
Thelonious Monk
00:04:03

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Ned Washington, ComposerLyricist - George Bassman, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

10
Monk's Mood (False Start)
Thelonious Monk
00:00:56

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2006 Fantasy, Inc.

11
Monk's Mood
Thelonious Monk
00:07:53

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

DISC 4

1
Functional (Alternate Take 1)
Thelonious Monk
00:09:43

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, FeaturedArtist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

2
Functional
Thelonious Monk
00:09:18

Thelonious Monk, Composer, MainArtist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Riverside, Inc.

3
All Alone
Thelonious Monk
00:04:51

Thelonious Monk, MainArtist - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

4
Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 1)
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:04:34

Thelonious Monk, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist - Paulo Santos, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2006 Fantasy, Inc.

5
Crepuscule With Nellie (Breakdown)
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:01:00

Thelonious Monk, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist - Paulo Santos, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2006 Fantasy, Inc.

6
Blues For Tomorrow
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:13:31

Gigi Gryce, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Fantasy, Inc.

7
Off Minor (Take 4)
Thelonious Monk
00:05:14

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

8
Off Minor (Take 5)
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:05:08

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

9
Abide With Me
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:00:54

Thelonious Monk, Composer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

10
Crepuscule With Nellie (Takes 4 & 5)
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:04:46

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist - Paulo Santos, Composer

℗ 1986 Fantasy, Inc.

11
Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 6 / Mono)
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:04:39

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist - Paulo Santos, Composer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

DISC 5

1
Epistrophy (Fragment)
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:01:44

Thelonious Monk, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 1986 Fantasy, Inc.

2
Epistrophy
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:10:44

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Clarke, Composer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

3
Well You Needn't (Opening)
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:01:25

Thelonious Monk, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 2006 Fantasy, Inc.

4
Well You Needn't
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:11:23

Thelonious Monk, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

5
Ruby, My Dear
Thelonious Monk Septet
00:05:24

Thelonious Monk, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Coleman Hawkins, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gigi Gryce, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Ray Copeland, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Thelonious Monk Septet, MainArtist

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

6
Ruby, My Dear
Thelonious Monk
00:06:18

Thelonious Monk, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Shadow Wilson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

7
Nutty
Thelonious Monk
00:06:37

Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Wilbur Ware, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Shadow Wilson, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1957 Fantasy, Inc.

Album Description

The studio and live recording sessions that Thelonious Monk cut during his six-year stay at the Riverside label are compiled over the 15 discs in the Complete Riverside Recordings. This middle era -- between his early sides for Prestige and the final ones for Columbia -- is generally considered Monk's most ingenious and creative period. The sessions are presented in chronological order, accurately charting the progression and diversions of one of the most genuinely enigmatic figures in popular music. The Complete Riverside Recordings explores Monk's genius with a certain degree of real-time analysis that simply listening to each of the individual albums from this era lacks. This is due in part to the 14 additional performances exclusive to this collection. However, a more satisfying level of assessing Monk's indelible marks of extemporaneous perfection can be heard within his prankster-like sense of timing or innate penchant for sophisticated arrangements. Among the sessions captured on this exhaustive set are the Duke Ellington sides and the Sonny Rollins era (which yielded the genre-defining Brilliant Corners), as well as meetings with Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, and Gerry Mulligan. Additionally, the entire Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall performance is presented just as it went down -- with solo and quartet sets intact. Accompanying the discs is a 28-page full-size (12"x12") booklet that is indispensable in dispelling myths and making sense of the convoluted and seemingly random order in which many of these recordings have been previously issued. It also contains a complete sessionography annotated by Monk's producer during this era, Orrin Keepnews. This is a convenient, albeit pricey way to obtain all of this remarkable music.
© Lindsay Planer /TiVo

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