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I ordered Thelonius Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall because I had been reading Michael Connelly’s Echo Park and his protagonist Detective Harry Bosch’s enjoyment of the album piqued my interest. No stranger to Monk and Coltrane, I had never knowingly heard them together and the passages in Connelly’s book made me realize that it might be time to educate myself further. This CD is art for the ears. ..excellent call by Connelly to weave it into the story. While I wouldn’t trade the album I received for anything, I was a bit disappointed to find that it didn’t carry the “Detective” number that Bosch specifically mentioned being partial to in the book; kind of like going to Disneyland and choosing a day when The Pirates of the Carribbean ride was down for cleaning. You can be sorry you missed the experience but you can’t say you didn’t have a GREAT day there and it gives you a big reason to go back. Start to finish, I love each part. The price was more than comfortable and I didn’t wait long for delivery. I whole-heartedly recommend it. Check it out!
Product Description This never-before heard jazz classic documents one of the most historically important working bands in all of Jazz history, a band that was both short-lived and, until now, thought to be frustratingly under-recorded. The concert, which took place at the famed New York hall on November 29, 1957, was preserved on newly-discovered tapes made by Voice of America for a later radio broadcast that were located at the Library of Congress in Washington DC earlier this year. Blue Note. 2005. Amazon.com Every year sees a crop of newly found jazz gems, but rarely are listeners treated to anything as special as this 1957 concert recording of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane, which was accidentally discovered in an unmarked box by a Library of Congress engineer early in 2005. Until now, fans could only dream of hearing these two immortals play together beyond the three studio tracks they left behind. But here they are, hitting their stride at an all-star benefit concert, basking in the chemistry they had developed in Monk’s quartet during the preceding weeks at New York’s Five Spot. Coltrane’s playing is a revelation. He’s both an inspired accompanist and a galvanizing soloist, taking the music to new heights with his bold, brilliantly challenging, and sometimes jaw-dropping phrases, note clusters, and blasts of power. Sharing with Coltrane a newfound sense of freedom following the personal and professional troubles that had plagued them both, Monk is clearly tickled to be in the tenorist’s presence, injecting humorous commentaries and otherwise asserting his eccentric genius as a pianist. The material, which was very well recorded by the Voice of America, includes Monk classics like “Epistrophy,” “Monk’s Moods,” and “Evidence,” as well as a striking rendition of the standard “Sweet and Lovely.” This is music that not only bears repeated listenings, but also demands them–the ultimate definition of a classic. –Lloyd Sachs
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall Review
I ABSOLUTELY could not believe that this recording actually existed. ANYONE who is a JAZZ fan recognizes the historical, musical and lyrical significance of this recording. I AUTOMATICALLY assumed that there would be something wrong with it when I received it because it was TOO GOOD to be true, but it was PERFECT in ALL respects. COLTRANE was READY!!! I mean, HE WAS READY!!! I have some recordings where he was slightly stumbling behind MONK, however, even his stumbling sounded beautiful. On this recording, he plays marvelously, and so does MONK. There is so much beauty on this CD, that it has been the ONLY CD in my CD player since I purchased it, is an UNDERSTATEMENT. I still have not tired from listening to it over and over again. As a matter-of-fact, I just 2-weeks ago purchased another copy. I could have burned me another copy, but I wanted to have the liner notes also, just in case something happened to my original copy. If YOU love MONK and if YOU love COLTRANE, YOU WILL NOT BE DISSAPOINTED AT ALL!!!! -Read Reviews-
The superlatives you’ve already read by now are true, and not exaggerations. This album is so many historic pairing of two musical giants, a testament to the magic possible with such talent, an excellent sound recording that captures the excitement of jazz on stage, a collection of Monk’s best work made even better by Coltrane’s artistry, and lastly a huge, lucky break to discover this concert after over 40 years being overlooked. (The tapes were discovered in a box at the Library of Congress a few years ago. )It is apparent from the musical format of the concert at Carnegie Hall that night that everyone sensed the importance of the occasion, it’s not just our hindsight nearly 50 years later. It opens with a robust duet between the two of them, on Monks Mood. The tempos and flavors of the songs vary tremendously throughout the concert. Not being an expert on Monk I won’t analyze the songs, just suffice to say there is no letup in the intensity, in spite of these tempo changes. My personal favorite is Nutty, it shows Monk’s quirky rhythmic melody, and Coltrane’s sheets-of-notes solo leads off very organically, not awkwardly. The voluminous liner notes are absolutely overwhelming, very informative but largely written for the professional musician, so plunge into them if you dare.