Today is recorded ‘The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall’ (1959)

‘The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall’ is an album recorded on February 28, 1959 and released the same year by Riverside.

Track Listing : 1.Thelonious (Thelonious Monk) – 00:56 . 2.Friday The 13Th (Thelonious Monk) – 09:22 . 3.Monk’S Mood (Thelonious Monk) – 10:15 . 4.Little Rootie Tootie (Thelonious Monk) – 08:45 . 5.Off Minor (Thelonious Monk) – 07:47 . 6.Crepuscule With Nellie (Thelonious Monk) – 04:42

Musicians : Thelonious Monk – Piano . Donald Byrd – Trumpet . Eddie Bert – Trombone . Robert Northern – French Horn . Jay Mcallister – Tuba . Phil Woods – Alto Saxophone . Charlie Rouse – Tenor Saxophone . Pepper Adams – Baritone Saxophone . Sam Jones – Bass . Art Taylor – Drums

Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews . Hall Overton . Ray Fowler – Engineer

Arrangements : Hall Overton

Recorded On February 28, 1959 At The Town Hall, New York City.

Released In 1959 By Riverside.

(Source ‘The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall’ | Official Website)

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Wilson & Alroy’s Record Reviews
Sounds like a strange idea, but it adds interest and excitement (“Little Rootie Tootie,” which was already one of my favorite less-known Monk tunes) while leaving room for fresh solos from the participants. […]

All About Jazz
Other Monk tunes are revisited and expanded with cogent solos from altoist Phil Woods and trumpeter Donald Byrd as well as emphatic, glistening solos from Monk, who was obviously delighted with the orchestra (he even talked to the audience, a decidedly rare occurrence). […]

Jerry Jazz Musician
The concert was the brainchild of Monk’s manager Harry Colomby and his brother Jules, produced at a time when Monk’s work opportunities were especially uncertain. […]


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