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Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane ‎The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings 3LP 180g Vinyl RTI 2017 USA

Artist: Thelonious Monk
Title: Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings
Catalog Number: CR00001
Label: Riverside Records
Reissued by: Concord Music Group
Barcode: 888072019775
Original release year: 1957
Reissue year: 2017
Number of discs: 3
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 1095gr
Pressing country: USA
For Market Release in: USA
Added to catalog on: July 19, 2017
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For an all-too-brief and magical time in 1957, two of the greatest musicians in history, Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, performed together every night at New York's Five Spot Cafe. And between April and July of that year, they made their only studio recordings together. Coltrane was poised to make a giant leap forward,and ready to learn from one of the masters, Monk. 

 

 

  • Limited Edition
  • 3LP File Folder Box Set
  • 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
  • Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes
  • Pressed at RTI, USA
  • Cut by George Horn at Fantasy Studios
  • Original artwork & Rare photos
  • Booklet with Orrin Keepnews essay

 

 

For an all-too-brief, magical time in 1957, two of the greatest musicians in history — Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane — performed together every night at New York's Five Spot Cafe. And between April and July of that year, they made their only studio recordings together.


Coltrane was poised to make a giant leap forward — and ready to learn from one of the masters, Monk. In a DownBeat interview Coltrane recalled, "Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order. I learned from him in every way."


Launching the newly-minted imprint Craft Recordings (part of Concord Music), this deluxe 3LP box set features unique "file folder" packaging, original artwork, rare photos and 180-gram vinyl pressed at RTI from lacquers cut by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. Rounding out the package is an insightful essay by the late Orrin Keepnews, who, as producer of the original sessions, was present at the creation of every note. Featured on the album are Art Blakey, Wilbur Ware, Coleman Hawkins, Shadow Wilson, Ray Copeland and Gigi Gryce.

 

Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane are universally recognized as musical demi-gods. The idea of Monk and Coltrane - the genius mentor and the budding genius - on the same bandstand or in the same recording studio is like Julius Erving and Michael Jordan soaring as teammates, or Jean Renoir and Francois Truffaut collaborating on a film. For an all-too-brief, magical time in 1957, Monk and Coltrane actually did work together every night as part of a quartet led by the uniquely brilliant pianist-composer Monk at New York's now-fabled Five Spot Cafe. And between April and July of that year they made the stunning music contained herein, their complete output in the recording studio.


The planets seemed to align for Monk and Coltrane when they joined forces in '57. Coltrane was poised to make a giant leap forward and ready to learn from one of the masters. In a Down Beat interview Coltrane said: "Working with Monk brought me close to a musical architect of the highest order. I learned from him in every way." Some of those answers involved the way in which Coltrane's harmonic acuity developed, expressed via early intimations of his torrential "sheets of sound." With Monk's chords guiding him to places he'd never before visited, Coltrane was now on the path to transcendence. When he is joined by Coleman Hawkins, jazz's father of the tenor saxophone, on a couple of numbers from the epochal septet album Monk's Music, one hears the tenor's past, present, and future (e.g., the master take of "Epistrophy"). And listen raptly to the respective approaches of Hawkins and Coltrane on the two versions of "Ruby, My Dear," one of three signature Monk ballads in this set (the others are "Monk's Mood" and the ever-evolving "Crepuscule with Nellie").


There is such greatness on these 3LPs, so many wondrous performances (the rhythm team of bassist Wilbur Ware and drummers Art Blakey or Shadow Wilson is especially inspired), and so many fascinating stories about how these masterpieces came into being. Orrin Keepnews, who as producer of the original sessions was present at the creation of every note, has written a superb essay that sets the record straight, clears up long-standing rumors about what did (and did not) go down in the studio, and, above all, lets the listener in on how a genius mentor, a budding genius, and their gifted colleagues went about the business of conceiving a work of art.

 

 

Musicians:


Thelonious Monk - Piano
John Coltrane - Tenor Saxophone
Art Blakey - Drums
Wilbur Ware - Double Bass
Coleman Hawkins - Tenor Saxophone
Shadow Wilson - Drums
Ray Copeland - Trumpet
Gigi Gryce - Alto Saxophone

 

Track Listing:


LP 1 Side A
1. Monk's Mood (False Start)
2. Monk's Mood
3. Crepuscule with Nellie (Take 1)
4. Crepuscule with Nellie (Take 2)
5. Crepuscule with Nellie (Breakdown)


LP 1 Side B
1. Blues For Tomorrow
2. Crepuscule with Nellie (Edited: Retakes 4 & 5)


LP 2 Side A
1. Crepuscule with Nellie (Retake 6)
2. Off Minor (Take 4)
3. Off Minor (Take 5)
4. Abide With Me (Take 1)
5. Abide With Me


LP 2 Side B
1. Ephistrophy (Short Version)
2. Ephistrophy
3. Well, You Needn't (Opening)


LP 3 Side A
1. Well, You Needn't
2. Ruby, My Dear (with Coleman Hawkins)


LP 3 Side B
1. Ruby, My Dear (with John Coltrane)
2. Nutty
3. Trinkle, Tinkle

 

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