Solo Monk

Label
Columbia
Release date
19 Aug 2003
Running length
33 tracks
Running time
117:33

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Dinah 2:26 10,695
1 Dinah (Take 2) 2:27 6,744
2 I Surrender, Dear 5:25 43,273
2 I Surrender 3:47 75
3 Sweet And Lovely (Take 2) 2:59 5,486
3 Sweet and Lovely 3:35 35,390
4 North Of The Sunset 1:53 8,872
4 North Of The Sunset (Take 1) 1:52 2,114
5 Ruby, My Dear (Take 3) 5:42 2,669
5 Ruby, My Dear 5:24 92,009
6 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You ) 2:35 674
6 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) 2:35 10,967
7 I Hadn't Anyone Till You 3:15 8,514
8 Everything Happens To Me (Take 3) 5:16 7,318
8 Everything Happens To Me (Take 2) 1:51 1,986
9 Monk's Point (Take 1) 2:17 1,521
9 Monk's Point 2:17 11,014
10 I Should Care 1:56 24,007
11 Aask Me Now 4:35 79
11 Ask Me Now (Take 2) 4:37 2,654
11 Ask Me Now 3:41 37,002
12 These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) 3:32 5,462
13 Introspection 3:11 26,607
14 Darn That Dream 6:28 10,224
15 Dinah (Take 1) 2:21 4,000
16 Sweet And Lovely (Take 1) 3:15 4,298
17 Ruby, My Dear (Take 1) 4:47 4,123
18 I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) (Take 1) 2:40 3,319
19 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Take 1) 3:21 221
19 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Take 2) 3:16 3,373
20 Everything Happens To Me (Re-Take 1) 5:16 1,518
20 Everything Happens To Me (Retake 1) 5:20 622
21 Ask Me Now (Take 1) 3:41 2,413

About this album

The mystery and haunting angular beauty of Thelonious Monk’s unadorned keyboard sides are the focus of Solo Monk. As if possessing the history of jazz in his hands, Monk’s solo recordings and performances from every phase of his career remain pure. The components of what made Monk such an uncompromising composer, arranger, and especially bandmember are evident in every note he plays. The disc includes both Monk originals as well as several covers of pop music standards. A majority of these sides were cut during a West Coast swing in late-October/early-November 1964. This highly productive jaunt would likewise yield two live releases: Live at the It Club and Live at the Jazz Workshop; both would feature Monk’s quartet. On an emotional level, however, these sides arguably surpass many of the band recordings. “Sweet and Lovely” contains several passages that are played with the command and intensity usually demanded of a classical work. The intense yet sophisticated chord progressions that punctuate “Ruby, My Dear” transform what once were simple pop melodies into unaccompanied rhapsodies. Monk transforms the solitude of “Everything Happens to Me” into a minor bop masterpiece replete with his signature disjointed phrasings and variable pacing. The 1992 CD reissue added one bonus track — a Monk original titled “Introspection” — which now closes the collection. Parties interested in a more complete retrospective of Thelonious Monk’s ’60s solo recordings should also check out Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo Piano Recordings 1962-1968.

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