Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins

Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins‘ is an album recorded during three sessions (November 13, 1953, September 22 and October 25, 1954) with different personnel and released the same year by Prestige.

Track Listing : 1.The Way You Look Tonight (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) – 05:13 . 2.I Want To Be Happy (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) – 07:43 . 3.Work (Thelonious Monk) – 05:18 . 4.Nutty (Thelonious Monk) – 05:16 . 5.Friday The 13Th (Thelonious Monk) – 10:32

Musicians : Thelonious Monk – Piano . Sonny Rollins – Tenor Saxophone On (1 – 2 – 5) . Julius Watkins – French Horn On (5) . Percy Heath – Bass On (3 – 4 – 5) . Tommy Potter – Bass On (1 – 2) . Art Taylor – Drums On (1 – 2) . Art Blakey – Drums On (3 – 4) . Willie Jones – Drums On (5)

Production : Produced By Bob Weinstock . Rudy Van Gelder – Engineer

Package : Ira Gitler – Liner Notes

Recorded On November 13, 1953, September 22 And October 25, 1954.

Released In 1954 By Prestige.

(Source Thelonious Monk & Sonny Rollins‘ | Thelonious Monk – Official Website)

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All About Jazz
Always an authoritative solo voice, Rollins seems emboldened by Monk’s example, playing with unmistakable conviction, especially compared to his work on an earlier session like Miles Davis‘ Diggin’ (Prestige, 1951), where the tenorist clearly was aiming to make an impression. […]

Robert Christgau
But that performance belongs on both guys’ life list: the little-recorded closer “Friday the 13th,” an indelible four-note motif Monk made up in the studio that’s stated breathily by Rollins and then tossed around for 10 minutes by the principals, […]

comusduke @ RateYourMusic
Art Blakey does work really hard to nurture the enigmatic vibe of “Work” as the always reliable Percy Heath anchors the constantly analytical thesis of the pianistand the pair either seems to try to stabilize and inject some sanity into Monk rambling and nutty tiptoeing explorative divagations […]

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