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Gerry Mulligan/Thelonious Monk: Mulligan Meets Monk

Album Notes

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Wilbur Ware (bass); Shadow Wilson (drums).

Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York on August 12 & 13, 1957. Originally released on Riverside (1106). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.

Full performer name: Thelonious Monk/Gerry Mulligan.

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Wilbur Ware (bass); Shadow Wilson (drums).

Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York on August 12 & 13, 1957. Originally released on Riverside (1106). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.

Digitally remastered by JVC using XRCD (Extended Resolution Compact Disc) technology.

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone);

Wilbur Ware (bass); Shadow Wilson (drums).

Recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, New York, New York on August 12 & 13, 1957.

Originally released on Riverside (1106). Includes liner notes by Orrin

Keepnews.

Digitally remastered using 20-bit K2 Super Coding System technology.

Mulligan Meets Monk documents the 1957 meeting of two sharp musical minds. Though the pairing may seem unlikely, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan -- whose cool, West Coast style blends dexterity with laid-back grace -- and Thelonious Monk -- whose radical, angular piano playing and thoroughly modern compositions are blueprints for the possibilities of bop -- sound remarkable together. In fact, it is the contrast between the players' styles that lends this set its balance and appeal. The program, which includes four compositions by Monk and one by Mulligan, is unassailable. Mulligan acquits himself admirably on the Monk classics "'Round Midnight," "Rhythm-a-ning," and "Straight, No Chaser," unfurling his smooth tone over their zigzagging melodies and ambitious scalar architecture. Mulligan's "Decidedly," a bright bop workout, fits easily alongside Monk's tunes, especially with the help of Monk's off-kilter, accented comping. Bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Shadow Wilson lend solid support to the spirited playing of the two leaders, making this top-notch session -- with its great tunes, chemistry, and soloing -- a true classic. [Some reissues include a handful of alternate takes.] ~ Anthony Tognazzini



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