It's Monk's Time [Bonus Tracks]

It's Monk's Time [Bonus Tracks]

by Thelonious Monk

CD(Remastered / Bonus Tracks)

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Once again, Legacy has taken one of Thelonious Monk's seminal Columbia albums -- this one named for its timing with the appearance of his face upon a Time magazine cover about the same time the album was released and featuring three brand-new compositions -- and given it the expert care and concern treatment, making of it, as in the case of Underground, Solo Monk, and Criss-Cross, a startlingly new document. Here are nine cuts instead of six, all of which are restored to their original lengths -- space restrictions for a single LP necessitated editing on some of the tracks. In addition, there are two unreleased items in alternate take form: "Shuffle Boil" (along with "Stuffy Turkey" and "Brake's Shake," it is one the new tunes) and "Nice Work if You Can Get It." This is the Monk Quartet that featured Charlie Rouse and bassist Butch Warren, and introduced Ben Riley to the Monk fold. The new rhythmic equations Riley brought to the band are everywhere evident here, particularly in the long remake of "Epistrophy." This is an almost curious set in that it opens with two solo pieces, "Lulu's Back in Town" and "Memories of You." On the former, Monk's beginnings are revealed in his fascination with stride piano phrasing and rhythm, and in the latter, his continuing admiration of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn is on display. The way he structures his single-note runs just behind the beat so that rhythmic syntax is established before the melody comes right from the Ellington book. When the band does enter, as it does on "Stuffy Turkey" with its loping groove and blues, entire worlds have been created, destroyed, and reincarnated in another harmonic image. In addition to the extra music and fine sound, It's Monk's Time features a fine essay by piano great Dick Katz and fine session photos.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2003
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646353226
catalogNumber: 63532
Rank: 4443

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Thelonious Monk   Primary Artist,Piano
Charlie Rouse   Tenor Saxophone
Butch Warren   Bass
Ben Riley   Drums

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Eubie Blake   Composer
Dick Katz   Liner Notes
Andy Razaf   Composer
Kenny Clarke   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Orrin Keepnews   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Teo Macero   Producer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Norman O'Connor   Liner Notes
Randall Martin   Reissue Design
Fong Y. Lee   Packaging Manager
Jim Marshall   Cover Photo

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