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Thelonious Monk: Monk's Moods (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)Thelonious Monk: Monk's Moods (CD: Proper, 4 CDs)
An instantly identifiable sound is the trademark of all the great instrumentalists in jazz. Recognition of those rare, singular voices has always been rather immediate, but none more so than with Thelonious Sphere Monk, who was without a doubt, one of jazz’ great instrumental stylists as well as one of the music’s most gifted composers. A few bars of Monk’s superbly idiosyncratic piano and there is little doubt as to the identity of the player. The same applies to Monk’s compositions, even if performed by another instrumentalist or ensemble. Yet Monk’s work was long neglected and although a small coterie of musicians including Coleman Hawkins, Mary Lou Williams, Bud Powell, Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker recognised his talents from the beginning, Monk laboured in relative solitude during much of his most creative period.

This box set spans Monk’s work and recorded output over three of the most noteworthy record labels he was involved with, consecutively:

Blue Note - As far as his compositions are concerned, Monk recorded his most important body of work during his five-year association with the Blue Note label.

Prestige - where he recorded some fine work with the likes of tenorist Sonny Rollins.

Riverside - which resulted in the album "Monk Plays Duke Ellington", a trio date on which Monk presented an all-Ellington repertoire. Monk launched one of the great jazz labels in jazz history, while Riverside launched the crucial successful part of Thelonious Monk’s, until this point, seriously overlooked recording career. (Proper Records) 


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Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf  


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Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.1 (CD: Blue Note RVG)


Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)Thelonious Monk: Genius of Modern Music, Vol.2 (CD: Blue Note RVG)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf  


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Thelonious Monk: Trinkle Trinkle (CD: Proper)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Trinkle Trinkle (CD: Proper)


Thelonious Monk: Criss Cross (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)Thelonious Monk: Criss Cross (CD: Proper, 2 CDs)
Thelonious Monk once told Frank London Brown 'Everything I play is different, different melody, different harmony, different structure. Each piece is different from the other one. I have a standard, and when the song tells a story, when it gets a certainsound then it's through, completed'.The most important jazz composer without doubt was Duke Ellington, but not far behind the Duke was Thelonious Monk. Monk, quite rightly so, has always been looked upon as a non-conformist yet the tunes he wrote since the 1940's were played by a wide range of musicians of the day, from Cootie Williams, via Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, and Dizzy Gillespie to Miles Davis. 31 tracks dating from 1941-51 are presented on this 2 CD set and Monk is supported by the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Art Blakey, Charlie Christian and Milt Jackson. (Proper Records) 


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Thelonioius Monk: Complete 1954-1962 Studio Solo Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)
All existing solo piano studio master takes recorded by Thelonious Monk from his very first ones in 1954 up to his debut album for Colombia in 1962. While the majority of Monk’s recordings are in a quartet format, his unaccompanied tracks are full of magic. To complete the set, bonus tracks including 2 rare solo piano pieces recorded at the home of Baroness Pannonica. (Discovery Records) 


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Thelonioius Monk: Complete 1954-1962 Studio Solo Recordings (CD: Essential Jazz Classics, 2 CDs)


Thelonious Monk: Plays Duke Ellington (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)Thelonious Monk: Plays Duke Ellington (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)
Recorded for Riverside in 1955, before the label was confident enough to issue recordings of Monk’s own compositions, so these reworkings of Ellington tunes remain an unusual aspect of the pianist’s recording career.

Limited edition high-definition 180 g vinyl LP. Includes free MP3 download. (Discovery Records) 


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Thelonious Monk: Plays The Music Of Duke Ellington (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Thelonious Monk Orchestra: At Town Hall (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)Thelonious Monk Orchestra: At Town Hall (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
 


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Thelonious Monk Orchestra: At Town Hall (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Limited edition, high definition 180g vinyl LP. 


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Thelonious Monk Orchestra: At Town Hall (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
Monk's third Riverside album–the first to include horns and emphasize his original compositions–is recognized as the first major step in his rise from being considered a mere eccentric to rightful acceptance as a true jazz giant. Brilliant Corners has an all-star cast–featuring Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, and Clark Terry–and it took real stars to master some of Thelonious's most difficult and brilliant music. (Fantasy, Inc.)

A BEBOP SHOP MILESTONE- An essential recording for your jazz CD shelf 


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Thelonious Monk: Alone In San Francisco (CD: Riverside- US Import)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Alone In San Francisco (CD: Riverside- US Import)


Thelonious Monk: Alone in San Francisco (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)Thelonious Monk: Alone in San Francisco (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Limited edition high definition 180 g vinyl LP. 


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Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Himself (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Thelonious Himself (CD: Riverside Keepnews Collection)


Thelonious Monk: 5 By Monk By 5 (CD: Riverside- US Import)Thelonious Monk: 5 By Monk By 5 (CD: Riverside- US Import)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Monk's Music (CD: Riverside- US Import)
Monk's Music is among the most significant of Thelonious's classic Riverside albums. Here he was literally looking back and ahead at the same time, by bringing together Coleman Hawkins (the very first important voice on tenor saxophone) and John Coltrane (on the verge of becoming a major shaping force of the Sixties). Equally notable is the incredible rhythmic support provided by combining Art Blakey and Wilbur Ware; and, justifying the album title, a selection of vital Monk compositions, plus his choice of the 19th century hymn, "Abide with Me" (written by one William H. Monk). (Fantasy, Inc) 


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Thelonious Monk: Monk's Music (CD: Riverside- US Import)


Thelonious Monk: With John Coltrane (CD: Jazzland)Thelonious Monk: With John Coltrane (CD: Jazzland)
When Monk and Trane spent six months of 1957 working together at New York's Five Spot Cafe, it was an historic event which certainly should have been exhaustively recorded. But nonmusical conflicts made that impossible, leaving as the only permanent reminders of this momentous encounter the three remarkable quartet selections that highlight this album. (Fantasy, Inc.) 


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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)

Limited edition high-definition 180g vinyl LP. 


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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (Vinyl LP: Wax Time)


Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall (CD: Blue Note)Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall (CD: Blue Note)
This never-before heard jazz classic documents one of the most historically important working bands in all of Jazz history, a band that was both short-lived and, until now, thought to be frustratingly under-recorded. The concert, which took place at the famed New York hall on November 29, 1957, was preserved on newly-discovered tapes made by Voice of America for a later radio broadcast that were located at the Library of Congress in Washington DC earlier this year.

Monk and Coltrane had been working together for a solid four months by the time they set foot on stage at Carnegie Hall that night. By all accounts, Coltrane had been tentative early on in the Five Spot run, challenged at first by Monk’s quirky melodies and chord changes, but the 51 minutes of music captured in pristine sound quality on At Carnegie Hall, present the quartet, which was completed by bassist Ahmed Abdul-Malik and drummer Shadow Wilson, at the height of their powers.

The tapes from that evening at Carnegie Hall were inadequately labeled, filed away amongst the Voice of America’s vast collection of recordings, and apparently forgotten until January 2005 when Larry Applebaum, a supervisor and jazz specialist at the Library of Congress, came upon them by accident during the routine process of digitally transferring the Library’s collection for preservation purposes. Applebaum noticed a set of tapes simply labeled “sp. Event 11/29/57 carnegie jazz concert (#1),” with one of the tapes barring the sole marking “T. Monk.” Until now, remarkably little recorded documentation of Monk’s quartet with Coltrane has been known to exist, a fact that makes this finding all the more significant. (Blue Note Records) 


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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (CD: Universal, 2 CDs)
 


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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (CD: Universal, 2 CDs)


Thelonious Monk Quartet featuring Johnny Griffin: Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958 (CD: Phoenix Jazz, 2 CDs)Thelonious Monk Quartet featuring Johnny Griffin: Complete Live At The Five Spot 1958 (CD: Phoenix Jazz, 2 CDs)
Just after John Coltrane left and before the arrival of Charlie Rouse, Thelonious Monk formed a quartet with Johnny Griffin, which played at the Five Spot in New York during 1958. Half of this music was issued on two albums: ‘In Action’ and ‘Misterioso’. This edition contains all known music from that gig plus a rare bonus sextet track also featuring Griffin, plus Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams.

Personnel : Thelonious Monk, piano, Johnny Griffin, tenor sax, on all tracks, plus : Ahmed-Abdul Malik, bass, Roy Haynes, drums. Live at the Five Spot, New York, August 7 and July 9, 1958. Bonus track : Donald Byrd (tp), Pepper Adams (bar), Wilbur Ware (b), Philly Joe Jones (d). New York, February 25, 1958. (Discovery Records) 


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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: Complete Live at The Five Spot 1958 (CD: Phoenix Jazz)
The Thelonious Monk Quartet live at the Five Spot Cafe, New York in September 1958. John Coltrane had at that point officially left the group but returned for a few days as a replacement. His wife Naima taped this on a portable recorder and the result, though lacking professional sound quality, captures the atmosphere of the show and the superb interplay between the two principles. Includes 2 tracks never issued before! John Coltrane (tenor sax), Thelonious Monk (piano), Ahmed Abdul-Malik (bass) & Roy Haynes (drums). (Discovery Records) 


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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: Complete Live at The Five Spot 1958 (CD: Phoenix Jazz)


Thelonious Monk Quartet: Plus Two At The Blackhawk (CD: Riverside- US Import)Thelonious Monk Quartet: Plus Two At The Blackhawk (CD: Riverside- US Import)
 


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Thelonious Monk with Johnny Griffin: Thelonious In Action (CD: Riverside- US Import)
 


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Thelonious Monk with Johnny Griffin: Thelonious In Action (CD: Riverside- US Import)


Thelonious Monk: Monk's Dream (CD: Columbia)Thelonious Monk: Monk's Dream (CD: Columbia)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Big Band And Quartet In Concert (CD: Columbia, 2 CDs- US Import)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Big Band And Quartet In Concert (CD: Columbia, 2 CDs- US Import)


Thelonious Monk: It's Monk's Time (CD: Columbia)Thelonious Monk: It's Monk's Time (CD: Columbia)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Solo Monk (CD: Columbia)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Solo Monk (CD: Columbia)


Thelonious Monk: Criss-Cross (CD: Columbia)Thelonious Monk: Criss-Cross (CD: Columbia)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Standards (CD: Columbia- US Import)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Standards (CD: Columbia- US Import)


Thelonious Monk: Underground (CD: Columbia)Thelonious Monk: Underground (CD: Columbia)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Live At The It Club- Complete (CD: Columbia, 2 CDs- US Import)
 


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Thelonious Monk: Live At The It Club- Complete (CD: Columbia, 2 CDs- US Import)


Thelonious Monk: The Columbia Years '62 - '68 (CD: Columbia, 3 CDs)Thelonious Monk: The Columbia Years '62 - '68 (CD: Columbia, 3 CDs)
 


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Thelonious Monk: The London Collection Vol.1 (CD: Black Lion)
 


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Thelonious Monk: The London Collection Vol.1 (CD: Black Lion)

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