World of Jazz 250

PLAYLIST

  1. Anthony Braxton – Brilliant Corners – Six Monk’s Compositions
  2. Arthur Blythe – Epistrophy – Light Blue: Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk
  3. Art Farmer Quintet – Straight No Chaser – Live at Sweet Basil
  4. Miles Davis – Well You Needn’t –  Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
  5. Ravi Coltrane – Monk’s Mood – From The Round Box
  6. Steve Lacy – Thelonious – Steve Lacy Plays Monk
  7. Cedar Walton – I Mean You – Manhattan Afternoon
  8. Joe Lovano – Pannonica – Joyous Encounter
  9. Bobby Hutcherson – In Walked Bud – Vibe Wise/Good Bait
  10. Miles Davis – ‘Round Midnight – Miles Davis at Newport: 1955-1975: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 4
  11. John Beasley – Brake’s Sake feat. Dontae Winslow – MONK’estra Vol. 2
  12. Cecil Taylor – Bemsha Swing – Jazz Advance
  13. Steve Lacy Quartet – Friday The Thirteenth – One Fell Swoop
  14. Arthur Blythe – Ruby My Dear – Basic Blythe
  15. Anthony Braxton – Skippy – Six Monk’s Compositions
  16. Thelonious Monk – I Surrender, Dear/Bemsha Swing – Brilliant Corner
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Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington

A 1955 album  comprising Monk’s recordings of well-known songs by Ellington.  Monk’s first album to be released by the Riverside label was recorded by Rudy Van Gelder  in July of that year. The album was reissued by Riverside in 2007.

The  album was the result of a compromise between Monk and his new label. Although Monk occasionally performed covers, he primarily played his own compositions. He had recorded several albums of originals during 1953-54 for  Prestige. However, there was a perception (particularly among music critics) that Monk’s own music was “too difficult” for the mainstream record-buying public, and his Prestige albums sold poorly.

After buying out Monk’s contract for just over $100, Riverside convinced Monk to record an entire album of Ellington tunes. Monk Plays Ellington was followed by another album of standards by other composers, The Unique Thelonious Monk  . Both albums were well received by critics, although they sold only moderately, and ironically it was his third Riverside LP Brilliant Corners  which comprised of almost completely original material, which became both a commercial and critical success.

  • Thelonious Monk – Piano
  • Oscar Pettiford – Bass
  • Kenny Clarke – Drums