Friday, September 30, 2005

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

This week an historic and sublime jazz recording was released: "Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall." This was recorded in 1957, and the sound quality is superb. About all I will say (for now) is: Please listen to this NPR story about it, which features the enthusiastic and astute comments of T.S. Monk, Thelonious's musician son. The intelligence and beauty of this music is compelling. Put it on...and do nothing else.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4930231

4 comments:

Stephen (aka Q) said...

What a great find! I'm a Miles Davis fan, and I was familiar with the story of Monk picking Coltrane up and tutoring him (just as Monk had tutored Miles some while before). How wonderful to discover a recording from that historic, brief period in Coltrane's career.

The disc is a definite must-have.
Q

Douglas Groothuis said...

For once, I thoroughly concur with q!

Stephen (aka Q) said...

lol
(laughing out loud)
Q

Becky said...

Pretty much one of the best purchases the V's have made lately. I have a recording of Eric Dolphy playing "Epistrophy" at his Last Date (also the title of the CD). Excellent to listen to the various monk-trane versions and dolphy.