Thelonious Monk Trio & Quartet: Unissued Live at Newport 1958-59

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'Where jazz is going? I don't know where it's going. Maybe it's going to hell. You can't make anything go anywhere. It just happens.' - Thelonious Monk


For the first time ever, Thelonious Monk's complete trio performance at Newport 1958 (only an edited version of 'Blue Monk' with overdubbed announcements had been previously released on the film Jazz on a Summer's Day).
This CD also contains Monk's splendid and also unissued quartet concert at the same festival the following year.

As a bonus, the only two existing tracks featuring Monk with the Duke Ellington band, recorded at Newport '62 and also appearing here for the first time!!

The current CD includes three performances of considerable interest for jazz fans. All of them were recorded at the Newport Jazz Festival (during the 1958, 1959 and 1962 editions) and present Monk in different and - in the case of the first and third shows - unusual contexts. It must be noted that a double LP (and later double CD) edition confusingly titled Miles and Monk at Newport included Miles' Newport '58 performance with his sextet, plus Monk's Newport '63 performance with his quartet. However, not a single track presented Miles and Monk playing together, and not a single note of Monk's 1958 trio set was included. With the exception of 'Blue Monk', from the 1958 concert, none of this music had appeared before on any format (and the version of 'Blue Monk' - which was included in the celebrated Newport documentary Jazz on a Summer's Day - appeared there heavily edited and with the voice of an announcer speaking about the weather over most of Monk's solo!! We have included it here in its complete and untouched form).

The Newport performance of the following year, also previously unissued, presents Monk in quartet with Charlie Rouse. However, when this concert was recorded, in 1959, Monk and Rouse hadn't been playing together for more than six months, so they hadn't yet settled into a routine and the playing by both the saxophonist and pianist is both explorative and enthusiastic. The final offering of our set, also appearing here for the first time ever, are the only two existing titles presenting Thelonious Monk backed by the Duke Ellington orchestra. The event took place during the 1962 Newport Jazz Festival, in which both the Duke Ellington orchestra and the Thelonious Monk quartet with Charlie Rouse appeared. Ellington's partner Billy Strayhorn had prepared an arrangement of 'Monk's Dream' and its composer agreed to go on stage with the Ellington band to play it.

Tracks 1-4: Thelonious Monk Trio
Thelonious Monk: piano
Henry Grimes: bass
Roy Haynes: drums
Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 7, 1958.

Tracks 5-9: Thelonious Monk Quartet
Charlie Rouse: tenor saxophone
Thelonious Monk: piano
Sam Jones: bass
Art Taylor: drums
Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 3, 1959.

Tracks 10-12:
Thelonious Monk: piano
The Duke Ellington Orchestra
Newport Jazz Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 8, 1962.

1. Just You, Just Me 4:16
2. Blue Monk 4:54
3. 'Round Midnight 4:33
4. Well You Needn't 3:42
5. In Walked Bud 9:49
6. Blue Monk 8:44
7. Crepuscule With Nellie 2:33
8. Well You Needn't 8:29
9. Rhythm A Ning 7:09
10. Announcement by Duke Ellington 0:22
11. Monk's Dream 5:22
12. Ba-Lue-Bolivar-Ba-Lues-Are 4:24

total time - 64:23
wydano: 2008-07
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Gambit Records (UE)
Thelonious Monk Trio & Quartet
Unissued Live at Newport 1958-59
Vinyl 1LP
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