Thelonious Monk records his fifth album ‘Big Band and Quartet in Concert’ for Columbia (1963)

Thelonious Monk’s ‘Big Band and Quartet in Concert’ is his fifth album recorded live at Lincoln Center, New York City on December 30, 1963.

Track Listing : 1.I Mean You (Thelonious Monk) – 12:42 . 2.Evidence (Thelonious Monk) – 12:38 . 3.(When It’S) Darkness On The Delta (Thelonious Monk) – 05:03 . 4.Oska T. (Thelonious Monk) – 09:20 . 5.Played Twice (Thelonious Monk) – 06:24 . 6.Four In One (Thelonious Monk) – 11:03 . 7.Epistrophy (Thelonious Monk) – 02:00

Musicians : Nick Travis – Trumpet . Thad Jones – Cornet . Eddie Bert – Trombone . Steve Lacy – Soprano Saxophone . Phil Woods – Alto Saxophone, Clarinet . Charlie Rouse – Tenor Saxophone . Gene Allen – Baritone Saxophone, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet . Hall Overton – Orchestra Arranger . Charlie Rouse – Tenor Saxophone . Butch Warren – Bass . Frankie Dunlop – Drums

Production : Produced By Teo Macero

Package : Mark A. Humphrey – Liner Notes . Allen Weinberg – Art Direction

Recorded On December 30, 1963 At Lincoln Center, Philharmonic Hall, New York City.

Released 1964 By Columbia Records.


Most remarkable is “Four in One,” which after one of Monk’s happiest (and very rhythmic) solos features the orchestra playing a Hal Overton transcription of a complex and rather exuberant Monk solo taken from his original record. […]

BradL @ RateYourMusic
Monk apparently had to be pushed into playing with the big bandand the musicians were unrehearsed, but it doesn’t show a bit. […]

R. Anderson @ Amazon
I don’t know why this album isn’t looked upon with such favor by many people. It is great. And for those who question Monk’s skill as a pianist, sit back and take in his solo interpretation of “Darkness on the Delta.” […]


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