Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1

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Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1
Compilation album by Thelonious Monk
Released 1951/1956/1989/2001
Recorded 15, 24 October and November 21, 1947
Genre Jazz
Label Blue Note
Thelonious Monk chronology
Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1
(1947)
Milt Jackson: Wizard of the Vibes
(1948/1951-2)
1956 12" LP album cover
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Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 is the name given to at least four different compilation albums by jazz pianist, Thelonious Monk. Each version comprises some of Monk's first recordings as band leader for Blue Note, recorded in 1947 (and sometimes 1948). The original LP with this title was compiled in 1951.

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 5002 (10" 8 song LP, compiled 1951)[edit]

Side 1:

  1. 'Round Midnight (as "Round About Midnight")
  2. Off Minor
  3. Ruby my Dear
  4. I Mean You

Side 2:

  1. Thelonious
  2. Epistrophy
  3. Well You Needn't
  4. Misterioso

Track listing of Blue Note BLP-1510 (12" 12-song LP, monochrome yellow cover, compiled 1956)[edit]

Side 1:

  1. 'Round Midnight (as "Round About Midnight")
  2. Off Minor
  3. Ruby my Dear
  4. I Mean You
  5. April In Paris
  6. In Walked Bud

Side 2:

  1. Thelonious
  2. Epistrophy
  3. Misterioso
  4. Well You Needn't
  5. Introspection
  6. Humph

Track listing of earlier "yellow monochrome" cover CD, compiled circa 1989[edit]

  1. Humph
  2. Evonce (alternate take)
  3. Evonce
  4. Suburban Eyes
  5. Suburban Eyes (alternate take)
  6. Thelonious
  7. Nice Work If You Can Get It (alternate take)
  8. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  9. Ruby My Dear (alternate take)
  10. Ruby My Dear
  11. Well You Needn't
  12. Well You Needn't (alternate take)
  13. April In Paris (alternate take)
  14. April In Paris
  15. Off Minor
  16. Introspection
  17. In Walked Bud
  18. Monk's Mood
  19. Who Knows
  20. 'Round Midnight
  21. Who Knows (alternate take)

1-6 recorded Oct 15, 1947
7-16 recorded Oct 24 1947
17-21 recorded Nov 21, 1947

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. Humph
  2. Evonce
  3. Suburban Eyes
  4. Thelonious
  5. Evonce (alternate take)
  6. Suburban Eyes (alternate take)
  7. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  8. Ruby My Dear
  9. Well You Needn't
  10. April In Paris
  11. Off Minor
  12. Introspection
  13. Nice Work If You Can Get It (alternate take)
  14. Ruby My Dear (alternate take)
  15. Well You Needn't (alternate take)
  16. April In Paris (alternate take)
  17. In Walked Bud
  18. Monk's Mood
  19. Who Knows?
  20. 'Round Midnight
  21. Who Knows? (alternate take)

1-6 recorded Oct 15, 1947
7-16 recorded Oct 24 1947
17-21 recorded Nov 21, 1947

Credits[edit]

  • Thelonious Monk - piano
  • Art Blakey - drums
  • Idrees Sulieman - trumpet (tracks 1 - 6)
  • Danny Quebec West - alto saxophone (tracks 1 - 6)
  • Billy Smith - tenor saxophone (tracks 1 - 6)
  • Gene Ramey - bass (tracks 1 - 16)
  • George Taitt - trumpet (tracks 17 - 21)
  • Sahib Shihab - alto saxophone (tracks 17 - 21)
  • Bob Paige - bass (tracks 17 - 21)

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