Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins

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Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins
Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins.jpg
Studio album by
Released1956
RecordedNovember 13, 1953
September 22, 1954
October 25, 1954
GenreJazz
LabelPrestige
ProducerBob Weinstock
Ira Gitler
Thelonious Monk chronology
Monk
(1956)
Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins
(1956)
Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington
(1956)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
MSN Music (Expert Witness)A[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide5/5 stars[3]

Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins is a compilation album by jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk and saxophonist Sonny Rollins released in 1956 by Prestige Records.[4] The material on it was recorded in three sessions between 1953 and 1954. While this is its original title, and its most consistent title in its digital re-releases, it was also released on Prestige as Work! (1959, PRLP 7169)[5]and The Genius Of Thelonious Monk (1967, PR 7656)[6], with alternate covers.[7]

Background[edit]

The album is culled from the results of three recording sessions over a span of close to twelve months featuring different personnel. Although Rollins is credited as a co-leader on the album cover, he appears on only three of the album's five tracks. It was the final Monk release on the label before he moved to a contract with Riverside Records.

The track "Friday the 13th" was recorded in November 1953 with a quintet of Monk, Rollins, Julius Watkins, Percy Heath, and Willie Jones; the September 1954 recordings are of a trio with Monk, Heath, and Art Blakey; and the October 1954 session Monk and Rollins again with bassist Tommy Potter and drummer Art Taylor.[8] Of the three Monk originals, "Friday the 13th" was written in the studio during the recording session, released as a ten-minute jam to fill out the album's running time.[9] Monk would return to "Nutty" again and again through his career, but this was his only recording of the composition "Work."[10]

The recordings on this 12" LP originally appeared in 1954 on three 10" LPs: Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows for LP (Prestige PRLP 166), Thelonious Monk Plays (Prestige PRLP 189)[11] and Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk (Prestige PRLP 190)[12][13].

Chris Sheridan, in his book Brilliant Corners: A Bio-discography of Thelonious Monk, dates the first 12-inch vinyl release of Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins (Prestige PRLP 7075) to 1956. Its release was immediately preceded in the Prestige 12-inch catalog of Monk's work by Thelonious Monk Trio (Prestige PRLP 7027), and Thelonious Monk, aka Monk (PRLP 7053).[14]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Thelonious Monk except where noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "The Way You Look Tonight" (Dorothy Fields, Jerome Kern) – 5:13
  2. "I Want to Be Happy" (Irving Caesar, Vincent Youmans) – 7:43
  3. "Work" – 5:18

Side two[edit]

  1. "Nutty" – 5:16
  2. "Friday the 13th" – 10:32

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 21, 2012). "Thelonious Monk". MSN Music. Microsoft. Archived from the original on January 10, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 145. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.
  4. ^ Sheridan, Chris, Brilliant Corners: A Bio-discography of Thelonious Monk, p 295, Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 2001
  5. ^ Sheridan, Chris, Brilliant Corners: A Bio-discography of Thelonious Monk, p 296, Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 2001
  6. ^ Sheridan, Chris, Brilliant Corners: A Bio-discography of Thelonious Monk, p 296, Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 2001
  7. ^ Neely, Tim, Goldmine Standard Catalog of American Records, 1950-1975, 5th Edition p. 844, Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications, 2006
  8. ^ Thelonious Monk discography accessed 23 April 2012
  9. ^ Robin D.G. Kelley. Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. New York: Free Press, 2009, ISBN 978-1-4391-9046-3, p. 165.
  10. ^ Kelley, Life and Times, pp. 569-571.
  11. ^ Kelley, Life and Times, p. 179-180
  12. ^ Sheridan, Chris, Brilliant Corners: A Bio-discography of Thelonious Monk, p 295, Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 2001
  13. ^ "Five Thelonious Monk albums remastered and reissued in new 10" box set". October 31, 2017.
  14. ^ Sheridan, Chris, Brilliant Corners: A Bio-discography of Thelonious Monk, p 295, Westport and London: Greenwood Press, 2001