Miles & Monk at Newport

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Miles & Monk at Newport
Live album by Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk
Released 1964
Recorded May & July 1958, April 1963
Genre Jazz
Label Columbia
Thelonious Monk chronology
Monk in Tokyo
Miles & Monk at Newport
Big Band and Quartet in Concert

Miles & Monk at Newport was a combined album of a Miles Davis appearance at Newport with an appearance of Thelonious Monk, from the LP era. Despite the title, the two artists do not perform together on the LP, and they are represented on each side by separate live appearances at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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]

Side 1 - Davis in 1958
  1. "Ah-Leu-Cha" (5:55, composed by Charlie Parker)
  2. "Straight, No Chaser" (8:52, composed by Thelonious Monk)
  3. "Fran-Dance" (7:08, composed by Miles Davis)
  4. "Two Bass Hit" (4:19, composed by Dizzy Gillespie and John Lewis)
Side 2 - Monk in 1963
  1. "Nutty" (13:57, composed by Thelonious Monk)
  2. "Blue Monk" (11:18, composed by Thelonious Monk)

1994 Reissue[edit]

CD1 - Davis in 1958
  1. "Introduction"
  2. "Ah-Leu-Cha"
  3. "Straight, No Chaser"
  4. "Fran-Dance"
  5. "Two Bass Hit"
  6. "Bye Bye Blackbird"
  7. "Theme"
CD2 - Monk in 1963
  1. "Introduction"
  2. "Criss-Cross"
  3. "Light Blue"
  4. "Nutty"
  5. "Blue Monk"
  6. "Epistrophy"


Side One personnel:

Side Two personnel: