Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2

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Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2
Studio album by Thelonious Monk
Released 1952/1956/1989/2001
Recorded July 23, 1951, May 20, 1952
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note
Thelonious Monk chronology
Milt Jackson: Wizard of the Vibes
(1948)
Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2
(1951-2)
Thelonious Monk Trio
(1954)
1956 12" LP album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2 is the name given to at least four different compilation albums by jazz pianist, Thelonious Monk. Each version comprises some of Monk's recordings as a band leader for Blue Note, recorded between 1947 and 1952 (or, in the case of the CDs, just 1951-2). The original LP with this title was compiled in 1952.

Two different CD compilations have been given this title. Both redistribute the material from the two volumes in a very different order. The individual volumes of both CD compilations omit a July 2, 1948 session featuring "Evidence," "Misterioso," "Epistrophy," "I Mean You," "All The Things You Are," and "I Should Care", which were released on a Milt Jackson compilation instead. A "monochrome cover" 2-CD set called "The Complete Genius" follows the track order of the original monochrome CDs, but adds all 10 released Blue Note performances of these missing 6 titles between the contents of "Volume 1" and "Volume 2."

Track listing of Blue Note LP 5009 (10" 8 song LP, compiled 1952)[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "Four in One"
  2. "Who Knows?"
  3. "Nice Work if You Can Get It" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
  4. "In Walked Bud"

Side 2:

  1. "Humph"
  2. "Straight, No Chaser"
  3. "Suburban Eyes" (Quebec)
  4. "Ask Me Now"

Track listing of Blue Note BLP-1511 (12" 12-song LP, monochrome red cover, compiled 1956)[edit]

Side 1:

  1. "Carolina Moon" (Burke, Davis)
  2. "Hornin' in"
  3. "Skippy"
  4. "Let's Cool One"
  5. "Suburban Eyes" (Quebec)
  6. "Evonce" (Quebec, Sulieman)

Side 2:

  1. "Straight, No Chaser"
  2. "Four in One"
  3. "Nice Work (If You Can Get It)" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
  4. "Monk's Mood"
  5. "Who Knows?"
  6. "Ask Me Now"

All compositions by Monk, except where noted.

("In Walked Bud" and "Humph" were moved to Volume 1 for this expanded edition.)

Track listing of early "red monochrome" cover CD, compiled circa 1989[edit]

  1. "Four in One"
  2. "Four in One" (alternate take)
  3. "Criss Cross"
  4. "Criss Cross" (alternate take)
  5. "Eronel"
  6. "Straight, No Chaser"
  7. "Ask Me Now" (alternate take)
  8. "Ask Me Now"
  9. "Willow Weep For Me"
  10. "Skippy"
  11. "Skippy" (alternate take)
  12. "Hornin' In" (alternate take)
  13. "Hornin' In"
  14. "Sixteen" (first take)
  15. "Sixteen" (second take)
  16. "Carolina Moon"
  17. "Let's Cool One"
  18. "I'll Follow You"

1-9 recorded July 23, 1951
10-18 recorded May 30, 1952

Re-issue[edit]

The sessions were recompiled, under the same title, on CD in 2001 as part of the RVG series. The cover art for the original 8-song LP was used. While the earlier CD grouped all takes of each title together, the recompilation put the alternate takes at the end of each session.

The July 2, 1948 session featuring "Evidence," "Misterioso," "Epistrophy," "I Mean You," "All The Things You Are," and "I Should Care" was released on Blue Note CD Milt Jackson: Wizard of the Vibes.

Re-issue track listing, compiled 2001[edit]

  1. "Four In One"
  2. "Criss Cross"
  3. "Eronel"
  4. "Straight, No Chaser"
  5. "Ask Me Now"
  6. "Willow Weep For Me"
  7. "Four In One" (alternate take) (mislabeled as "Nice Work If You Can Get It")
  8. "Criss Cross" (alternate take)
  9. "Ask Me Now" (alternate take)
  10. "Skippy"
  11. "Hornin' In"
  12. "Sixteen" (second take)
  13. "Carolina Moon"
  14. "Let's Cool One"
  15. "I'll Follow You"
  16. "Skippy" (alternate take)
  17. "Hornin' In" (alternate take)
  18. "Sixteen" (first take)

1-9 recorded July 23, 1951
10-18 recorded May 30, 1952

Credits[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2 at AllMusic

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