Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall
Live album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 2005
RecordedNovember 29, 1957
LabelBlue Note
ProducerMichael Cuscuna, T.S. Monk (restoration)
Thelonious Monk chronology
Mulligan Meets Monk
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall
(1957, rel. 2005)
Thelonious in Action

At Carnegie Hall is a live album by The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane.

Album information[edit]

It was recorded on 29 November 1957 at "Thanksgiving Jazz", a benefit concert produced by Kenneth Lee Karpe for the Morningside Community Center in Harlem. Other acts performing included: Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins, and Chet Baker with Zoot Sims. The recording, by Voice of America, documents two sets by the Monk Quartet with Coltrane that night – an early set (tracks 1-5) and a late set (tracks 6-9), which the recording does not fully document.

The tape was stored at the Library of Congress where it sat untouched, until 2005 when it was discovered by recording lab supervisor Larry Appelbaum. The recording was then restored by producer Michael Cuscuna and T.S. Monk (Thelonious Monk's son).


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[1]
All About Jazz(favourable)[2]
Robert Christgau(A)[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]

The recording has been highly praised: Newsweek called it the "musical equivalent of the discovery of a new Mount Everest," and editorial reviewer Lloyd Sachs called it "the ultimate definition of a classic". Soon after its release, it became the #1 best selling music recording on

The discovery substantially increased coverage of Monk and Coltrane's partnership; the only other recordings known are from 4 sessions that took place in April, June and July of 1957 and originally issued on Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane, Monk's Music and Thelonious Himself. Additionally, Discovery! believed to document a reunion at the Five Spot café in 1958, recorded on amateur equipment by Coltrane's first wife.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Thelonious Monk unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Monk's Mood" – 7:52
  2. "Evidence" – 4:41
  3. "Crepuscule With Nellie" – 4:26
  4. "Nutty" – 5:03
  5. "Epistrophy" (Monk, Kenny Clarke) – 4:29
  6. "Bye-Ya" – 6:31
  7. "Sweet and Lovely" (Gus Arnheim, Harry Tobias, Jules LeMare) – 9:34
  8. "Blue Monk" – 6:31
  9. "Epistrophy" (incomplete) – 2:24