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The Best of Thelonious Monk (Remastered)


Download links and information about The Best of Thelonious Monk (Remastered) by Thelonious Monk. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Jazz, Bop genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 01:13:37 minutes.

Artist: Thelonious Monk
Release date: 2004
Genre: Jazz, Bop
Tracks: 10
Duration: 01:13:37
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No. Title Length
1. 'Round Midnight 6:41
2. Off Minor (Take 5) (featuring Thelonious Monk Septet) 5:07
3. Jackie-Ing (featuring Thelonious Monk Quintet) 6:06
4. Well, You Needn't (featuring Thelonious Monk Septet) 11:22
5. Caravan 5:55
6. I Mean You (featuring Thelonious Monk Quintet) 9:48
7. Ruby, My Dear (featuring Thelonious Monk Septet) 5:24
8. Brilliant Corners 7:43
9. Let's Call This (Live) (featuring Thelonious Monk Quartet) 8:34
10. Straight, No Chaser (Take 3) (featuring Gerry Mulligan) 6:57



Offering a "best-of" package from Thelonious Monk is a daunting task, even if the compiler sticks to his Riverside material between 1955 and 1960. Such a package, for instance, could only hint at the riches of an album like Brilliant Corners and Monk's Music. But why shouldn't a newcomer to the works of Monk have one great disc to draw him or her in? The Best of Thelonious Monk accomplishes just that, compiling pieces from the above mentioned albums, live tracks, and even a lovely solo version of the pianist's best-known piece, "'Round Midnight." The disc is packed — with one exception — with Monk's compositions, thus introducing the novice to all aspects of his work. Monk's joined by a who's who list of modern jazz greats including saxophonist John Coltrane, drummer Art Blakey, and tenor Sonny Rollins for trios, quartets, quintets, and sextets. There's a tremendous 11-minute take on "Well, You Needn't" and a nice interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Caravan." As this disc plainly shows, Monk's writing and piano style was beautifully idiosyncratic, and quite unlike anything else at the time or since. His solos on "Well, You Needn't" and "Brilliant Corners" range between mathematically precise to abstract, spinning precise patterns and then drifting freely. But while Monk's music was always difficult, he — like Charles Mingus — never forgot to write intriguing melodies. For those who have never experienced the brilliance of one of jazz's most distinct stylists, The Best of Thelonious Monk is a grand place to start. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi