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Could you please recommend a good Monk CD?


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There's certainly no shortage of good Monk albums! I know mainly the LPs, but I guess a majority of them have been published on CD with the same title.

For my tastes, Monk gives his best in a trio or quartet situation. I would first check "Thelonious Monk" (Prestige) or maybe "Genius of modern music" (Blue Note), then the incredible "Monk/Trane" (need to say more?).

If you want to hear him with a large ensemble, try "In person" (live) or "Brilliance" - I would stay away from "Monk's Blues": it's arranged by Oliver Nelson, a musical personality at the opposite of Monk's.

Monk was never a real solo pianist, but "Pure Monk" is certainly worth a listen.

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My favorite was the Thelonius Monk Memorial Album. Cannot remember the label. After listening to Wenton Marcellous (Spelling? Don't really care if I get his name correct anyway. Or is it Bradford. The trumpet brother. The boaring, lifeless one. The one that plays sax is ok.) Oops. Back to the subject. Years and years ago I thought musicians had to listen to jazz to be cool. Two Grammy winning CD's of Marcellous (Spelling? Who cares.) and I totally swore off Jazz. If that was jazz I would rather be uncool. Then one day I decided to play the double album of Thelonius Monk that had sit in my closet unopened for years. By the time I was through the first side I was hooked, and mad at myself for letting Columbia House choose my first Jazz CD's.

 

I have a bunch of other Monk CD's now but I cannot tell you what they are or what is good. I ripped them all to my computer and work and pulled what I liked into a favorites folder.

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Did anyone pick up on my feelings of jazz as played by Wenton Marsalis or was I too subtle? I do like Branford for some reason. A little.

 

But still. Monk taught me what jazz really is. Now to put this thread back on track.

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Yeah ... Monk is awesome! I agree with the recommendation to look for Monk in smaller group settings. There were a discreet number of musicians around who were really comfortable with Monk's compositions and playing style and thus made sympathetic sidemen. In addition to the Genius of Modern Music (recommended above) I'd recommend Brilliant Corners (w/ Sonny Rollins on sax?) Misterioso (Johnny Griffin on sax) and for a good piano album w/ most of Monk's famous compositions represented, check out "Live at the It Club". Very, very cool.

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Yeah ... Monk is awesome! I agree with the recommendation to look for Monk in smaller group settings. There were a discreet number of musicians around who were really comfortable with Monk's compositions and playing style and thus made sympathetic sidemen. In addition to the Genius of Modern Music (recommended above) I'd recommend Brilliant Corners (w/ Sonny Rollins on sax?) Misterioso (Johnny Griffin on sax) and for a good piano album w/ most of Monk's famous compositions represented, check out "Live at the It Club". Very, very cool.

Chris

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I just wanted to add an exclaimation mark to mzeger's comment....definitely CHECK OUT the "Straight No Chaser" documentary...there are also a number of good Monk websites...I really prefer Monk in small settings or in solo...there is a nice Art Blakey album out there with Monk...I also picked up an album of his son's which was interesting a number of years ago...

 

....and again CHECK OUT the "Straight No Chaser" documentary

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Mulligan Meets Monk is a fun record. Enough of Monk's trademark style to please any Monk fan, while also having good interaction w/ Mulligan - whose style is a bit different to say the least.

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I heartily agree with the totally overrated Wynton M .. mediocre trumpet player ,a TERRIBLY amateurish , derivative arranger /composer for the CHJB, and more over exposed than Madonna ....

 

BTW .. I recommend "Monk at the Five Spot" ...

 

You can find out lots more about Monk ( and lots more Winnie haters ) of the JazzCorner website ..

 

check it out ..

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"That's The Way I Feel Now" was a great tribute album from about ten years ago. A variety of player from all walks of music with a shared love and appreciation of T.Monk.

 

For those not familiar with hard-core Jazz or coming from a rock perspective, that's the place to start, imhfo.

 

A while back I started introducing Monk-isms like the patented -7th/+7th interval reach (thumb and pinky on Bflat and Bnatural one octave up if in the key of C). It really livens up my solos and gets a few raise eyebrows from Igor (running the lights and sound) and other enlightened members of the audience.

 

The other one I like is the -7th/9th interval reach which is B flat and D one octave up. Nice finger stretching, emotional interval.

Oh yeah? That's fine for you, you're an accepted member of the entertainment community. What about me? What about Igor? Marginalized by Hollywood yet again. I want my Mummy . . .
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Originally posted by Doctor Frankensteinway:

"That's The Way I Feel Now" was a great tribute album from about ten years ago. A variety of player from all walks of music with a shared love and appreciation of T.Monk.

 

I have that disc. The Doc is right - it's a great collection. Killer performances by Donald Fagen, NRBQ, Dr. John, Was (not Was), Todd Rundgren, Joe Jackson, Elvin Jones, Carla Bley, Peter Frampton (really!) and a bunch of others.

 

I hope it's still available...

 

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The 1969 release of the Mickey Dolenz / Roddy McDowell album "Planet of the Monks" (Horn arrangments by Henry Mancini) seriously, late 60's big band type arrangements of famous show tunes. I forget which label. I'm sure it's long since out of print, but if you ever stumble across it, by all means, GRAB IT!!! I haven't heard it in over 10 years and haven't seen a copy since. It's actually quite good. Especially the songs from Camelot.
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Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:

B,

...you're coming to grips with the fact that the New Jersey Nets are going to dethrone your Lakers this year.

 

D

 

 

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Wasn't it just a few months ago that you said MJ, or "Jorday", as you like to call him, and the Wizards were going to dethrone the Lakers??? Make up your mind.

In fact, you should all get together and pick one team that's gonna dethrone the Lakers.

 

Here's a few suggestions:

 

The 80's Showtime Lakers

The 1971-72 Wilt, West, World champ, 33 wins in a row Lakers

The United States Armed Forces

Bill Russell's Celtics

Vince Lombardi's Packers

The 1927 Yankees

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The Ming Dynasty

 

...but the Nets??? Let me say again...

 

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Scoff not, jock-itch breath! Byron Scott is the Nets coach, and he's teaching the boys (who've won five straight) all of the secret Lakers tricks.

 

Besides, Jordan just needs another year to get the Wizards in winning form. Actually, I think they need to draft Harry Potter, but that's another story.

 

Doesn't matter, though. Between the Nets, the T'Wolves, and three hungry Texas teams, the Lakers don't have an ice cube's chance in hell of talking the championship this year. They're not even going to make it to the finals.

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Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:

 

Doesn't matter, though. Between the Nets, the T'Wolves, and three hungry Texas teams, the Lakers don't have an ice cube's chance in hell of talking the championship this year. They're not even going to make it to the finals.

 

 

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oh...my sides...I can't breathe...the nets???...texas???...

 

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Dan, those comedy writing courses are really starting to pay off...The Nets, that's a good one...

 

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Originally posted by dansouth@yahoo.com:

Byron Scott is the Nets coach, and he's teaching the boys (who've won five straight) all of the secret Lakers tricks.

 

 

Wow!!! 5 whole games??? Impressive!!!(if your a Nets fan)

 

Let me know when you've won 5 playoff games in a row... or 10...or 15 out of 16...

 

Oh wait, you have to actually make the playoffs to do that. :rolleyes:

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Originally posted by Dave Bryce:

....aaaaaand this is where we steer the thread back on topic...

 

So - where were we? Oh, yes...Monk recommendations, anyone?

 

 

dB

 

 

Say, Raider boy, didn't Art Monk release a remake of "Daydream Believer" in honor of all the Raider fans???

 

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