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Discussion in 'music' started by carruthersesq, Oct 15, 2017.

  1. carruthersesq

    carruthersesq pfm Member

    As a jazz novice and enjoying Miles, Coltrane etc thought I might try some Thelonious Monk (he is after all 100yrs old this week) where’s a good starting point?
  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Monk was Monk right from the get go. His career trajectory is really less edge and aggression with age tempered with ever-better recording. The early Blue Note Genius Of Modern music is amazing but ‘historic’ from a quality perspective, the Riverside stuff probably the top of the bell curve and the later Columbia albums wonderful and really nicely recorded, but often revisiting past glories (something he did a lot, much of his work is reinterpretation of past works). There are a few solo piano albums on Black Lion late in life that are worth having, but I’d get the rest first.

    PS The Monk market both vinyl and CD is riddled with crappy pirates so tread carefully! The boxes I’ve linked to are legit obviously.
  3. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Tony, are you sure that Riverside is legit? The label is ‘EU Import’.
  4. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Yes, it is an Italian box set repackaging the first issue OJC CDs in fat-boxes with a booklet. I have a copy, not the most elegant thing but it sounds excellent and is perfectly legit (all the copyright info is present and the CDs are identical to the original issues). There are others covering Coltrane, Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett.
  5. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    Tony, thanks for the info.
  6. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    20 CDs of Monk ? That is a starting and finishing point.
  7. shrink

    shrink pfm Member

    It's monks time, is one of my firm favourites and the first monk album I learned to love
  8. lsinclair

    lsinclair file under 'curmudgeonly'

    I love this, which gets overlooked as big bands aren’t usually associated with Monk.
  9. carruthersesq

    carruthersesq pfm Member

    Thanks Tony, I’ll get some ordered.
  10. SteveB

    SteveB Wir sind schaufensterpuppen

  11. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

  12. Engels

    Engels pfm Member

  13. AudioAl

    AudioAl pfm Member

    Im not a Jaz fan , Tried some Monk , it sounded like someone tuning up before a performance , I dont get it , Ill move on , Thanks
  14. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    No thank you for sharing.
  15. carruthersesq

    carruthersesq pfm Member

    I’m only just starting to appreciate it and i’m about to turn 49yrs old so it’s take me a while.
  16. twotone

    twotone pfm Member

    Get Monk Live at Newport, fabulous plus he did the music that's one of the nintendo games from the eighties/nineties (super Mario I think), soon as you hear it you'll go 'f uck me! so that's where that came from?'
  17. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    I’m listening to that now (I had an E.S.T. Phase a number of years ago). Very good, but doesn’t sound like Monk - I guess there’d be no point in the recording if they did.
  18. Engels

    Engels pfm Member

    I did say a modern take... the underlying structure and rhythm is Monk.

    My fave - which I played on his birthday is the "two-fer" vinyl "Monk-Trane"

  19. Engels

    Engels pfm Member

  20. Singslinger

    Singslinger pfm Member

    My favourite Monk albums are Straight, No Chaser, Brilliant Corners and Monk's Dream. The Live at the It Club set is also excellent, as is Monk Plays Duke Ellington.

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