Monk's Music

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Monk's Music
Studio album by Thelonious Monk
Released 1957
Recorded June 26, 1957
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 38:24
Label Riverside Records
RLP 12-242
Producer Orrin Keepnews
Thelonious Monk chronology
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk
Monk's Music
Mulligan Meets Monk
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[2]

Monk's Music is an album by Thelonious Monk's jazz septet. It was recorded in New York on June 26, 1957, and released in the same year.

Recording and music[edit]

The first song "Abide With Me"—a hymn by W. H. Monk—is an austere rendition played only by the septet's horn section. The song "Ruby, My Dear" is performed only by Monk, Coleman Hawkins, Wilbur Ware, and Art Blakey. John Coltrane had joined Monk after playing with the Miles Davis Quintet, and Monk can be heard enthusiastically calling on him to take the first horn solo on the album in "Well, You Needn't" (though Coltrane's name does not appear on the front cover). All of the songs except one are original compositions by Thelonious Monk, but some had appeared on previous albums by Monk.

The two mixes of this album (stereo and mono) are notable in that they used entirely different setups of microphones, recording the same performances. The stereo mix was recorded using microphones at a greater distance from the band, and therefore has a distinctly different sound from the mono mix.


The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.[3]


The album was reissued by Original Jazz Classics on July 1, 1991.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Thelonious Monk unless otherwise noted.

Side A

  1. "Abide with Me" (Henry Francis Lyte / William Henry Monk) – 0:54
  2. "Well, You Needn't" – 11:24
  3. "Ruby, My Dear" – 5:26

Side B

  1. "Off Minor" – 5:07
  2. "Epistrophy" (Monk / Kenny Clarke) – 10:46
  3. "Crepuscule With Nellie" – 4:38

CD reissue

  1. "Abide With Me" – 0:54
  2. "Well, You Needn't" – 11:24
  3. "Ruby, My Dear" – 5:26
  4. "Off Minor (Take 5)" – 5:07
  5. "Off Minor (Take 4)" – 5:12
  6. "Epistrophy" – 10:46
  7. "Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 6)" – 4:38
  8. "Crepuscule With Nellie (Take 4 and 5)" – 4:43


  • Orrin Keepnews – production
  • Jack Higgins – recording engineering
  • Kirk Felton – digital remastering
  • Paul Weller – cover photography
  • Paul Bacon – cover design


  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Monk's Music at AllMusic
  2. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  3. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame". Retrieved 30 January 2015.

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