‘Mulligan Meets Monk’ by Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious Monk is an album recorded on August 12–13, 1957 In 1957 and released the same year by Riverside.
Track Listing : 1.’Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams, Bernie Hanighen) – 08:29 . 2.Rhythm-A-Ning (Thelonious Monk) – 05:19 . 3.Sweet And Lovely (Gus Arnheim, Jules Lemare, Harry Tobias) – 07:17 . 4.Decidedly (Gerry Mulligan) – 05:54 . 5.Straight, No Chaser (Thelonious Monk) – 07:00 . 6.I Mean You (Thelonious Monk, Coleman Hawkins) – 06:53
Musicians : Thelonious Monk – Piano . Gerry Mulligan – Baritone Saxophone . Wilbur Ware – Double Bass . Shadow Wilson – Drums
Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews Jack Higgins – Engineer
Package : Orrin Keepnews – Liner Notes . Robert Parent – Cover Photo . Paul Bacon – Cover Design
Recorded On August 12–13, 1957 At Reeves Sound Studios, New York City.
Released In 1957 By Riverside.
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Supposedly the producers originally thought the record should be made with a big bandand for this session Mulligan and Monk were just supposed to get together and warm up, but the quartet felt so good (and how could it not, with Ware and Wilson!) that they cancelled the big band idea. […]
In reality, as Neil Tesser’s new liner notes for this reissue detail, Mulligan and Monk were good personal friends and often traded thoughts and ideas about composing. Maybe it was the fear of spoiling this relationship that hindered the two men from doing much recording together. […]
Mulligan Meets Monk was a leap of faith for the two musicians and remains so for the listener. It is not the best music they ever recorded but it is guaranteed to keep your attention. […]