Thelonious Monk – Complete Albums Collection: 1954-1957 (9 Original Albums On 5 CDS)


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Release Date:  2015

Label:  Enlightenment


Track List

Disc 1

  1. Round About Midnight
  2. Off Minor
  3. Ruby, My Dear
  4. I Mean You
  5. April In Paris
  6. In Walked Bud
  7. Thelonious
  8. Epistrophy
  9. Misterioso
  10. Well You Needn’t
  11. Introspection
  12. Humph
  13. Carolina
  14. Hornin’ In
  15. Skippy
  16. Let’s Cool One
  17. Suburban Eyes
  18. Evonce
  19. Straight, No Chaser
  20. Four In One
  21. Nice Work
  22. Monk’s Mood
  23. Who Knows
  24. Ask Me Now

Disc 2

  1. Blue Monk
  2. Just a Gigalo
  3. Bemsha Swing
  4. Reflections
  5. Little Rootie Tootie
  6. Sweet and Lovely
  7. Bye-ya
  8. Monk’s Dream
  9. Trinkle Trinkle
  10. These Foolish Things
  11. We See
  12. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  13. Locomotive
  14. Hackensack
  15. Let’s Call This
  16. Think of One (Take 2)
  17. Think of One (Take 1)

Disc 3

  1. The Way You Look Tonight
  2. I Want To Be Happy
  3. Work
  4. Nutty
  5. Friday the 13th
  6. It Don’t Mean A Thing
  7. Sophisticated Lady
  8. I Got It Bad and That Ain’t Good
  9. Black and Tan Fantasy
  10. Mood Indigo
  11. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
  12. Solitude
  13. Caravan

Disc 4

  1. Liza
  2. Memories of You
  3. Honeysuckle Rose
  4. Darn That Dream
  5. Tea for Two
  6. You Are Too Beautiful
  7. Just You, Just Me
  8. Brilliant Corners
  9. Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are
  10. Pannonica
  11. I Surrender, Dear
  12. Bemsha Swing

Disc 5

  1. Abide With Me
  2. Well, You Needn’t
  3. Ruby, My Dear
  4. Off Minor
  5. Epistrophy
  6. Crepuscle With Nellie
  7. ‘Round Midnight
  8. Rhythm-A-Ning
  9. Sweet And Lovely
  10. Decidedly
  11. Straight, No Chaser
  12. I Mean You



Monk started playing the piano at the age of six. Although largely self-taught, he studied music theory, harmony, and arranging at the Juilliard School of Music. However, he soon moved into jazz, claimed his first residency as house pianist at Milton’s Playhouse, Manhattan, during the early to mid-1940s. Much of Monk’s style was developed during his time at Minton’s, when he participated in after-hours “cutting competitions” which featured many leading jazz soloists of the time. The Minton’s scene was crucial in the formulation of bebop and it brought Monk into close contact with other leading exponents of the emerging idiom. In 1944 Monk made his first studio recordings with the Coleman Hawkins Quartet. Hawkins was one of the earliest established jazz musicians to promote Monk, and Monk later returned the favour by inviting Hawkins to join him on the 1957 session with John Coltrane. Monk made his first recordings as leader for Blue Note in 1947 which showcased his talents as a composer of original melodies for improvisation. Monk spent most of the early and mid-1950s composing, recording, and performing at theatres and out-of-town gigs. After his cycle of intermittent recording sessions for Blue Note during 1947-1952, he was under contract to Prestige Records for the following two years. With Prestige he cut several highly significant, but at the time under-recognized, albums, including collaborations with saxophonist Sonny Rollins and drummers Art Blakey and Max Roach. In 1954, Monk participated in a Christmas Eve session which produced most of the albums Bags’ Groove and Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Giants. Davis found Monk’s idiosyncratic accompaniment style difficult to improvise over and asked him to lay out (not accompany), which almost brought them to blows. However Davis, in his autobiogrpahy, claims that the anger and tension between Monk and himself never took place and that the claims of blows being exchanged were “rumours” and a “misunderstanding”.

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