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Thelonious Monk: The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall

Audio Samples

>Thelonious (Complete Version)
>Friday the 13th
>Monk's Mood
>Little Rootie Tootie
>Off Minor
>Crepuscule With Nellie
>Little Rootie Tootie (Encore)
>In Walked Bud
>Blue Monk
>Rhythm-a-Ning

Track List

>Thelonious (Complete Version)
>Friday the 13th
>Monk's Mood
>Little Rootie Tootie
>Off Minor
>Crepuscule With Nellie
>Little Rootie Tootie (Encore)
>In Walked Bud
>Blue Monk
>Rhythm-a-Ning

Album Notes

Thelonious Monk Orchestra: Thelonious Monk (piano); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Robert Nothern (French horn); Eddie Bert (trombone); Jay McAllister (tuba); Sam Jones (bass); Art Taylor (drums).

Recorded live at Town Hall, New York, New York on February 28, 1959. Originally released on Riverside (1138). Includes liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.

Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1989, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).

Personnel: Thelonious Monk (piano); Phil Woods (alto saxophone); Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Donald Byrd (trumpet); Robert "Brother Ah" Northern (French horn); Eddie Bert (trombone); Jay McAllister (tuba); Sam Jones (bass guitar); Art Taylor (drums).

Audio Remasterer: Joe Tarantino.

Numerous Thelonious Monk live dates were released during his career (and posthumously), but 1959's THE THELONIOUS MONK ORCHESTRA AT TOWN HALL is one of the finest. In large part the album stands out for the novelty of hearing Monk play with a large ensemble. The tentet featured here has the guts and punch of a big band, but the agility of a small group (a necessary quality when rendering Monk's complex, angular tunes). The program features some of the legend's finest compositions, including "Monk's Mood" and "Off Minor," and the playing throughout is first rate. A classic any way you slice it, and the 2007 remaster brings it all into shining crystalline clarity.



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