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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane by Thelonious Monk

The year was 1957. Monk and Trane got together for a couple nights at the Five Spot. This music is timeless. By now, any serious jazz fan knows this music by heart. But after recently purchasing this CD, I was reminded of just how magical this event really was. Listening to this music even today it sounds fresh and full of imagination by the players. Just imagine the minds they were blowing in 1957. After all, this was a period when one didn't have a lot of musical choices. Frank Sinatra was the Man at the time. Hard Bop was hardly being played played on the radio. Most of america was listening to popular music. And big band music still ruled. Nobody was ready for this. Even hard core jazz fans were blown away by what they heard. I think Tranes' solos were and still are untouchable. Even Monk was inspired. If you are like me and only had the original album, I urge you to get this CD. It even has bonus track.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Thelonious Monk
  • CD Title: Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 1995
  • Record Label: Riverside
  • Tracks: Ruby, My Dear, Trinkle Tinkle, Off Minor, Nutty, Epistrophy, Functional
  • Musicians: Monk (piano), John Coltrane (tenor sax), various artists
  • Rating: Five Stars
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