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"Well You Needn't" is a jazz standard composed by Thelonious Monk in 1944. Like another Monk standard, "Epistrophy", it is notable for a chord sequence in which the root note moves by semitones.

There is some disagreement about the chord progression in the bridge. On many club dates and jam sessions, musicians play the tune as it was transcribed in the original Real Book: G7 | G7 | Ab7 | Ab7 | A7 Bb7 | B7 Bb7 | A7 Ab7 | G7 C7 |

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  • Avatar for StuartHaden1
    Where was the It Club?
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    Trane and Monk.......with ? and ?
  • Avatar for ispyhumanfly
    Such an amazing song.
  • Avatar for supermediadave
    Thank you for your genius.
  • Avatar for Im2Jazzy4U
    coltrane...! coltrane...! hahah...monk calling trane out front...i love it...!
  • Avatar for belowthislevel
    there is also a great recording of this one with the Trane. two geniuses bopping together in 1957, the dawn of a new era!
  • Avatar for StuartHaden1
    Wish I knew who was on drums, bass, and sax and where they were playing and when.
  • Avatar for StuartHaden1
    Well I will listen to you and your piano.
  • Avatar for StuartHaden1
    Well I won't.
  • Avatar for bobgreen623
    Wonderful live version clocking in at 12:40, love it

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