Monk (1954 album)

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For the Columbia Records album of the same name, see Monk (1964 album).
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Studio album by Thelonious Monk
Released 1954
Recorded November 13, 1953 and May 11, 1954
Genre Jazz
Label Prestige
Thelonious Monk chronology
Thelonious Monk Trio
Solo 1954
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Monk (also re-released as Wee See and The Golden Monk) is an album by jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk recorded for the Prestige label and performed by Monk with two quintets, one featuring Julius Watkins, Sonny Rollins, Percy Heath, and Willie Jones and one featuring Ray Copeland, Frank Foster, Curly Russell, and Art Blakey.[2]

The recordings on this album first appeared on two 10" LPs: Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows for LP (Prestige PRLP 166) and Thelonious Monk Quintet (Prestige PRLP 180), both released in 1954. The cover art was done by Andy Warhol.[3]


Allmusic's Scott Yanow states "Every Thelonious Monk recording is well worth getting although this one is not quite essential".[4]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Thelonious Monk except as indicated
  1. "We See" - 5:16
  2. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Otto Harbach, Jerome Kern ) - 4:34
  3. "Locomotive" - 6:23
  4. "Hackensack" - 5:13
  5. "Let's Call This" - 5:08
  6. "Think of One" [Take 2] - 5:47
  7. "Think of One" [Take 1] - 5:37
  • Recorded in New York City on November 13, 1953 (tracks 5-7), and at Rudy Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ, on May 11, 1954 (tracks 1-4)



  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Thelonious Monk discography accessed 9 October 2009
  3. ^ The Early Jazz Album Covers of Andy Warhol, accessed November 17, 2015
  4. ^ Lankford, R. D. Allmusic Review accessed 9 October 2009