Thelonious Monk’ s ‘Thelonious Himself’ is a studio album (almost all solo) recorded on April 12 and 16, 1957 and released the same year by Riverside.
Track Listing : 1.April In Paris (Vernon Duke, E. Y. Harburg) – 03:54 . 2.(I Don’T Stand) A Ghost Of A Chance (With You) ( Victor Young, Ned Washington) – 04:24 . 3.Functional (Thelonious Monk) – 09:22 . 4.I’M Getting Sentimental Over You (George Bassman, Ned Washington) – 00:00 . 5.I Should Care (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston, Sammy Cahn) – 03:15 . 6.’Round Midnight (Bernie Hanighen, Thelonious Monk, Cootie Williams) – 06:44 . 7.All Alone (Irving Berlin) – 04:53 . 8.Monk’S Mood (Thelonious Monk) – 00:58
Musicians : Thelonious Monk – Piano . John Coltrane – Sax (Tenor) On (5) . Wilbur Ware – Bass On (5)
Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews Jack Higgins – Engineer
Package : Paul Bacon – Cover Design . Larissa Collins – Art Direction . Orrin Keepnews – Liner Notes . Steve Schapiro – Photography . Lawrence Shustak – Photography . Bob Parent – Photography
Recorded On April 12 And 16, 1957.
Released In 1957 By Riverside.
For his final selection, “Monk’s Mood,” the pianist insisted on adding bassist Wilbur Ware and an up-and-coming tenor saxophonist named John Coltrane. By allowing them to italicize and expand upon his basslines and lead melody, Monk enabled listeners to zero in on the essence of his solo and ensemble styles. […]
All About Jazz
Monk’s later recordings for Columbia tended to mellow and round off the eccentric (and yes, “brilliant”) corners of his music, but the Riverside years from 1955-60 continuously embody his greatest performances and explain why people kept calling his approach “angular.” […]
cosmosunconnection @ RateYourMusic
This is intense. It kind of feels like you’re locked in a small room with nothing but Monk and a piano. In the middle of the night. There’s just no escaping his unique ruminations. […]