Monk's Dream (Thelonious Monk album)

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Monk's Dream
Monks Dream by Thelonious.jpg
Studio album by The Thelonious Monk Quartet
Released 1963
Recorded Oct. 31, Nov. 1, 2 & 6, 1962
Columbia 30th Street Studio, NY
Genre Jazz
Length 47:02
Label Columbia
Producer Teo Macero
The Thelonious Monk Quartet chronology
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(1961)Thelonious Monk in Italy1961
Monk's Dream
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(1962)Criss Cross1962

Monk's Dream is the first album jazz musician Thelonious Monk released on Columbia Records. It was recorded in 1962 and issued the following year.[1]

Recording and music[edit]

"Bye-Ya" and "Bolivar Blues" were recorded on October 31, 1962; "Body and Soul" and "Bright Mississippi" on November 1; "Sweet and Lovely", "Just a Gigolo" and "Monk's Dream" on November 2; and "Five Spot Blues" on November 6.

"Bright Mississippi" is the only track on the album that Monk had not previously recorded. "Bolivar Blues" was originally titled "Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are", and had been on Monk's 1957 Riverside album, Brilliant Corners. "Five Spot Blues" was originally called "Blues Five Spot" and had first appeared on the album Misterioso, which was recorded in concert at the Five Spot Cafe in New York in 1958 and released by Riverside. "Monk's Dream", "Bye-Ya", and "Sweet and Lovely" had also been previously recorded by Monk for Prestige Records at a session ten years earlier.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Down Beat 5/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Jazz critic Pete Welding wrote in his five-star review that appeared in the March 14, 1963 issue of Down Beat magazine (that) "This important album, Monk's first after a long absence from the recording studio, is a stunning reaffirmation of his powers as a performer and composer."[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Thelonious Monk except as indicated.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Monk's Dream" – 6:26
  2. "Body and Soul" (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton and Johnny Green) – 4:29
  3. "Bright Mississippi" – 8:34
  4. "Five Spot Blues" – 3:15

Side two[edit]

  1. "Bolivar Blues" – 6:25
  2. "Just a Gigolo" (Julius Brammer, Irving Caesar, Leonello Casucci) – 2:29
  3. "Bye-Ya" – 6:01
  4. "Sweet and Lovely" (Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias, Jules LeMare) – 7:48



  1. ^ Thelonious Monk discography accessed October 2, 2012
  2. ^ a b Down Beat: March 14, 1963 Vol. 30, No.7
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X. 
  • 2001 Columbia Reissue Liner Notes