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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

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Recorded in April, June and July 1957, and released in 1961, “Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane” refers to the album. Although Monk and Coltrane had recorded together on various occasions (for example, “Monk’s Music” of June 1957), “Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane” allows Coltrane to take the spot light, unlike in “Monk’s Music” where Coleman Hawkins shines, with Coltrane shadowing him.

The album consists of the classics “Ruby, My Dear”, “Off Minor”, “Trinkle, Tinkle” and “Epistrophy” as well as lesser known pieces such as “Nutty” and the great “Functional” played by Monk unaccompanied. Remarkable is the performance of “Ruby, My Dear” when one can compare the way Coltrane takes the melody as apposed to Coleman Hawkins, for example, in “Monk’s Music” or when Monk plays it himself in “The Man I Love” (1971).

“Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane” is a must-have in a jazz lover’s collection, as well as anyone who claims to be a Coltrane fan.

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