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Jazz - Released June 16, 2017 | Sam Records

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Indispensable JAZZ NEWS - Jazzwise Five-star review
Filmmaker Roger Vadim had the right idea when he chose Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers to perform the soundtrack to his modern film adaptation of Liaisons dangereuses by Laclos, and the score from Thelonious Monk is just as impressive. Not for its originality, as it is essentially based on revisitings of the pianist's own themes. Superbly exhumed by the Sam Records label (Hi-Res 24-Bit sound and wonderful digital booklet), this groundbreaking New York session of 27 July 1959 brought together around the pianist the saxophonists Charlie Rouse and Barney Wilen, the double-bass player Sam Jones and drummer Art Taylor. A pretty magical session in which a fully-relaxed Monk gives free rein to his two tenor players in particular. A real hidden treasure that ought to be discovered at once. © MD/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released February 12, 2016 | Jazzland

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2010 | Original Jazz Classics

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1993 | Blue Note Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1989 | Fantasy Records

As the '50s drew to a close, so did Thelonious Monk's illustrious tenure on Riverside Records. In fact, the three dates needed for this title would be his penultimate for the label. The concept of the album consists of five Monk originals performed in a quintet setting. Ironically, this was the first time that Monk had recorded with a lineup that so prominently featured the "standard" bop rhythm section incorporating both a trumpet (or, in this case, cornet) and sax player. The quintet featured on 5 by Monk by 5 includes Monk (piano), Thad Jones (cornet), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Sam Jones (bass), and Art Taylor (drums). Rouse would become Monk's permanent tenor saxophonist for the majority of the 1960s. In what had become somewhat of a tradition, the disc's program consists of several of Monk's more established works as well as a few new compositions. One of the new works, "Jackie-ing" (incidentally, named after one of Monk's nieces), 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. The song's opening jam features a tasty tug of war between Rouse's animated lead and Monk's interjections and piano antics. Jones' cornet is incorporated tastefully throughout Monk's tricky arrangements. The stark contrast in performance timbre between the comparatively subdued Rouse or Monk and the frenetic bleating of Jones is notably disconcerting. [Some reissues includes two alternate takes of "Played Twice," the other Monk composition to be debuted on 5 by Monk by 5.] ~ Lindsay Planer
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | Jazzland

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Jazz - Released September 1, 2018 | EG Jazz

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Jazz - Released May 7, 2019 | Black & Partner Licenses LLC

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Jazz - Released September 9, 2019 | Milestones Records

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Jazz - Released August 31, 2018 | Gearbox Records

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Jazz - Released May 7, 2019 | Black & Partner Licenses LLC

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Jazz - Released September 14, 2018 | Gearbox Records

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Jazz - Released April 5, 2018 | Blue Velvet

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Jazz - Released May 7, 2019 | Black & Partner Licenses LLC

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2010 | Original Jazz Classics

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Jazz - Released May 7, 2019 | Black & Partner Licenses LLC

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Jazz - Released February 15, 2011 | Jazz-da-days

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Jazz - Released October 15, 2013 | Last Christmas

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Jazz - Released March 15, 2013 | Jazz Highlights