Taped at a November 1957 benefit concert by the Voice of America and unearthed only this year, Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall is a major addition to the discographies of two seminal figures in the jazz timeline. The importance is both archival and aesthetic. Comprising two tightly paced, interactive 25-minute sets, At Carnegie Hall supersedes the previous documents of this legendary group. While the studio recording Thelonious Monk Meets John Coltrane finds Monk and Coltrane still learning each other’s moves, this live recording boasts both efflorescent musicianship and superb sound. How deeply Coltrane drank from Monk’s well in organizing nascent ideas into a concept has never been rendered more clearly; often recorded in this period, Monk provides no new revelations but completely directs the flow, soloing with wit and prodding Coltrane to develop his postulations. The band is in breathe-as-one mode throughout, beginning with “Monk’s Mood,” an extended Monk-Coltrane duo aria. The cohesion is due in great part to drummer Shadow Wilson, a Count Basie alumnus, who offers textbook-clear lessons in pacing and dynamics -- hear him keep a down-the-middle-of-the-pocket beat as he builds the intensity behind Coltrane’s ascendant solo on “Sweet & Lovely” with a dynamic ride cymbal, then stop on a dime and transition to brushes for Monk’s balladic coda. The disc is filled with such magic moments; At Carnegie Hall joins the list of essential, must-hear jazz recordings.
|Label:||Blue Note Records|
Performance CreditsThelonious Monk Primary Artist,Piano
John Coltrane Primary Artist,Tenor Saxophone
Shadow Wilson Drums
Technical CreditsAmiri Baraka Liner Notes
Stanley Crouch Liner Notes
Michael Cuscuna Producer,Audio Production
Ira Gitler Liner Notes
T.S. Monk Producer,Audio Production,Photo Courtesy
Bruce Lundvall Executive Producer
Lewis Porter Liner Notes
Ashley Kahn Liner Notes
Burton Yount Art Direction
Larry Appelbaum Liner Notes
Robin D.G. Kelley Liner Notes
Felix Sockwell Cover Illustration
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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jazz should be this good all of the time. I have heard it well over 30 times, and every listen offers a new perspective, a new sound, a new breath. This is my favorite jazz work and when you read the historical liner notes, you'll see how lucky we jazz lovers are to have this piece of art. Thanks to KNTU in Denton, Texas for exposing me to this album - buy it now, if you love jazz - you'll not be disappointed, I promise. This is what music SHOULD be for every artist - as it is truly a breath of art.
Excelent duets between Coltrane and Monk. I only wish it had 'Round Midnight on it.