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The Thelonious Monk Quartet Monk In Tokyo 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Speakers Corner Pallas Germany 2016 EU

Artist: Thelonious Monk
Title: Monk In Tokyo
Catalog Number: SOPW 69~70
Label: CBS
Reissued by: Speakers Corner
Barcode: 4260019715128
Original release year: 1973
Reissue year: 2016
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Total Item Weight: 615gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: December 4, 2016
Note: Not eligible for any further discounts
Vinyl Gourmet Club: No


Unit Price: 41,13 €

Reference: SC336970GF

Availability: In Stock & Ready to Ship

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In 1973, when this album was released in Japan, Monk had all but disappeared from the scene. Concerts? Far from it! Something new from the studio? No way! The 1963 tour with appearances in Japan and the resulting album offered solidly played favorites such as 'Just A Gigolo' or 'I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You' that made the audience and record collectors alike sit up and listen.



  • 100% Pure Analog Mastering
  • Cut at Emil Berliner Studios
  • Audiophile 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
  • Pressed at Pallas Germany
  • Gatefold Cover



1963 was a wonderful year to hear Thelonious Monk live. Having signed with Columbia - his first major label deal - in 1962, his unique music, so long seen as foreboding, eccentric, or just plain wrong, was at last receiving the wide scale distribution it clearly deserved. And Monk seemed, in his own singular fashion, entirely enthusiastic about getting that music out there, touring as he never had before, and with one of the finest working bands he would ever lead.

In the gruff-toned, tenor saxophonist Charlie Rouse, a masterful phraser who worked with the pianist-composer more than anyone, he had a featured player who better than anyone knew the off-ramps and back stories of Monkdom. Butch Warren was a bassist whose unerring, springy beat was ideal, particularly in tandem with the vastly underrated Frankie Dunlop's jauntily dancing drums.

This 11-tune set spotlights eight "greatest hits" written or co-written by Monk (his theme "Epistrophy," is played twice - once as a "chaser," the other at full-length), plus the standards "Just A Gigalo," as always a solo piano item at once haunting and humorous, and the Tommy Dorsey signature "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," a Monk favorite. Once upon a time the harmonic movements of "Pannonica," "Jackie-ing" and "Bemsha Swing" were considered well beyond the comprehension of most jazz fans. Yet here is the "High Priest" and his indispensable acolytes, half a world away from their New York sanctum sanctorum, swinging to make the sun rise.

The 1963 tour with appearances in Japan and the resulting album offered the same old works, but the solidly played favorites such as "Just A Gigolo" or "I’m Gettin’ Sentimental Over You" made the audience and record collectors alike sit up and listen. And weren’t "Blue Monk", "Epistrophy" and "Bemsha Swing" old favorites too - often played and often heard?

Happy memories, then, for those Japanese fans who were in Tokyo’s Sankei Hall on 21 May 1963! And happy listeners in 2016 too, when they add this LP to their collection. What more does a Monk fan (and who isn’t) want?




Thelonious Monk, piano
Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone
Butch Warren, bass
Frankie Dunlop, drums

Track Listing:

Side A
1. Straight No chaser
2. Pannonica
3. Just A Gigolo

Side B
4. Evidence
5. Jackie - Ing
6. Bemsha Swing
7. Epistrophy

Side C
1. I'm Gettin' Sentimental Over You
2. Hackensack

Side D
3. Blue Monk
4. Epistrophy






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