Monk's Music

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Monk's Music
Monkmusic.jpg
Studio album by
Released1957
RecordedJune 26, 1957
New York City
GenreJazz
Length38:24
LabelRiverside Records
RLP 12-242
ProducerOrrin Keepnews
Thelonious Monk chronology
Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonious Monk
(1957)
Monk's Music
(1957)
Mulligan Meets Monk
(1957)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork9.1/10[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

Monk's Music is an album by Thelonious Monk's jazz septet. It was recorded in New York City 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 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 ("Coltrane! Coltrane!") to take the first horn solo on the album in "Well, You Needn't." All of the songs except one are original compositions by Thelonious Monk; some had appeared on previous Monk albums.

Reception[edit]

The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001.[4]

Re-releases[edit]

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

Original Jazz Classics Remasters

  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. "Epistrophy" – 10:46
  6. "Crepuscule with Nellie (Take 6)" – 4:38
  7. "Off Minor (Take 4)" – 5:12
  8. "Crepuscule with Nellie (Takes 4 and 5)" – 4:43
  9. "Blues for Tomorrow" – 13:32

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Planer, Lindsay. Monk's Music at AllMusic
  2. ^ Ratliff, Ben (12 March 2017). "Monk's Music". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ "Grammy Hall of Fame". Grammy.org. Retrieved 30 January 2015.

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