Miles & Monk at Newport

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Miles & Monk at Newport
Live album by
ReleasedJune 1964 (1964-06)[1][2]
RecordedMay & July 1958, April 1963
VenueNewport Jazz Festival
Length51:00 (LP)
1:31:39 (CD)
ProducerTeo Macero
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The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (CD reissue)[3]

Miles & Monk at Newport is a split album featuring separate performances by the Miles Davis sextet and the Thelonious Monk quartet at the Newport Jazz Festival, recorded in 1958 and 1963, respectively, and released in June 1964 by Columbia records.[1][2] Despite the album's title, the two artists do not perform together at either date.

On the first side of the LP was a series of high tempo performances of bebop tunes and other staples of the Davis live repertoire from 1958. The performance was contemporaneous with Davis' Milestones album. Aside from the 1973 release Jazz at the Plaza (also a 1958 concert) during the LP era, this was the only legitimate (non-bootleg) recording of a live Davis combo performance earlier than the 1960 Blackhawk recordings. As such, this performance and Jazz at the Plaza were the only legitimate live recordings representing the Kind of Blue sextet. On the second side were a few numbers by Thelonious Monk's combo, from a 1963 Newport appearance. It featured an idiosyncratic appearance by clarinetist Pee Wee Russell. The Miles set was recorded in mono and the Monk set was recorded in stereo, so the mono LP featured a fold-down of the Monk set and the stereo LP featured an electronically re-channeled for stereo remix of the Miles set.

In 1973, an expanded version of the Davis Newport performance was released as the LP Miles & Coltrane.

In 1994 the album was released with the Davis Newport performances expanded and the Monk portion released separately on the 2CD Monk compilation At Newport 1963 & 1965.

Track listing[edit]

Original LP[edit]

Columbia – CS 8978[4]

Side one: Davis in 1958
1."Ah-Leu-Cha"Charlie Parker5:47
2."Straight, No Chaser"Thelonious Monk8:46
3."Fran-Dance"Miles Davis7:04
4."Two Bass Hit"Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis4:13
Total length:25:50
Side two: Monk in 1963
1."Nutty"Thelonious Monk13:55
2."Blue Monk"Thelonious Monk11:15
Total length:25:10

CD Reissue[edit]

SME Records – SRCS 9732-3[5]

Disc one: Davis in 1958
1."Introduction" 2:11
2."Ah-Leu-Cha"Charlie Parker5:56
3."Straight, No Chaser"Thelonious Monk8:50
4."Fran-Dance"Miles Davis7:08
5."Two Bass Hit"Dizzy Gillespie, John Lewis4:14
6."Bye Bye Blackbird"Mort Dixon, Ray Henderson9:11
7."The Theme"Isham Jones, Marty Symes2:50
Total length:40:20
Disc two: Monk in 1963
1."Introduction" 1:25
2."Criss-Cross"Thelonious Monk8:12
3."Light Blue"Thelonious Monk9:53
4."Nutty"Thelonious Monk13:51
5."Blue Monk"Thelonious Monk11:24
6."Epistrophy"Thelonious Monk, Kenny Clarke6:34
Total length:51:19


Side One personnel

Side Two personnel


  1. ^ a b Editorial Staff, Cash Box (June 6, 1964). "Columbia Unveils 18 New June LPs" (PDF). Cash Box. New York: The Cash Box Publishing Co. Inc. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b Editorial Staff, Billboard (June 20, 1964). "New Album Releases". Billboard. Cincinnati: The Billboard Publishing Co. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
  3. ^ Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. p. 343. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  4. ^ "The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Miles & Monk at Newport (Original LP)". Discogs. Retrieved March 27, 2017.
  5. ^ "The Miles Davis Sextet & The Thelonious Monk Quartet – Miles & Monk at Newport (CD Reissue)". Discogs. Retrieved March 27, 2017.