‘Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane’ is a collaboration album recorded on April 12, June 26 and July 1957 and released In 1961 by Jazzland.
Track Listing : 1.Ruby, My Dear (Thelonious Monk) – 06:17 . 2.Trinkle, Tinkle (Thelonious Monk) – 06:37 . 3.Off Minor (Thelonious Monk) – 05:15 . 4.Nutty (Thelonious Monk) – 06:35 . 5.Epistrophy (Kenny Clarke, Thelonious Monk) – 03:07 . 6.Functional (Thelonious Monk) – 09:46
Musicians : Thelonious Monk – Piano . John Coltrane – Tenor Sax On (3 – 5) . Ray Copeland – Trumpet On (3 – 5) . Gigi Gryce – Alto Saxophone On (3 – 5) . Coleman Hawkins – Tenor Saxophone On (3 – 5) . Wilbur Ware – Bass . Shadow Wilson – Drums On (1 – 2 – 4 – 6) . Art Blakey – Drums On (3 – 5)
Production : Produced By Orrin Keepnews . Jack Higgins – Engineer . Joe Tarantino – Mastering . Shigeo Miyamoto – Mastering
Package : Ken Deardoff – Cover Design . Ira Gitler – Liner Notes . Richard Thomas Jennings – Cover Painting . Don Schlitten – Photography . Lawrence Shustak – Photography
Recorded On April 12, 1957, June 26, 1957 And July, 1957.
Released In 1961 By Jazzland.
While the mastery of the principals is beyond reproach, credit should also be given to peerless bassist Wilbur Ware, as mighty an anchor as anyone could want. These 1957 dates also sport a variety in drummerless trio, quartet, septet, or solo piano settings, all emphasizing the compelling and quirky compositions of Monk. […]
Orrin Keepnews, producer of the original recording and author of the new liner notes for the reissue, suggests that “one way of looking at the sudden acceptance of these two previously much underappreciated but – as we have now all known for a full half-century – truly monumental artists, might be simply to accept their triumph as an incredibly important idea whose time had now suddenly arrived.” […]
For five months in 1957 at the New York Five Spot Cafe, the genius Thelonious Monk Quartet included avante-garde tenor saxophone player John Coltrane. Unfortunately, only three songs on this CD feature the Quartet. Personally, I would have much loved to have heard more. […]