Craft Recordings To Release New Thelonius Monk Collection Next Month

Courtesy: Craft Recordings

Thelonius Monk fans are getting a special treat this holiday season courtesy of Craft Records, the Catalog Division of Concord Music Group.

Craft Recordings will release The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection Dec. 15.  The limited edition all five of Monk’s 10” LPs recorded for Prestige, spanning 1952 – 1954.  Each record has been reproduced just as it was presented in its original release right down to the jacket art.  The audio was re-mastered from the original analog tapes by Joe Tarantino, while laquer cutting was handled by George Horn and Anne-Marie Seunram at Fantasy Studios.

As an added bonus for listeners, the new re-issue set also includes new liner notes by author Robin D.G. Kelley, who crafted the Monk bio Thelonius Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. Kelley notes in the new liner notes that the 1950s was Monks “golden years in terms of [Monk’s] creative output.”

He also notes in the new discussion some of the difficulties that Monk faced in that same period including an issue with law enforcement that posed its own problems for Monk.  This is just some of what is included in the new in-depth liner notes.  More information is included in the full notes.

The Complete Prestige Sessions 10-Inch LP Collection will be available on high-res, standard audio and digital platforms.  Pre-orders for the collection are open now via Amazon.  The collection’s full track listing is noted below.

Disc 1:
Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious
Side A
  1. Little Rootie Tootie
  2. Sweet And Lovely
  3. Bye-Ya
  4. Monk’s Dream
Side B
  1. Trinkle, Tinkle
  2. These Foolish Things
  3. Bemsha Swing
  4. Reflections
Thelonious Monk – piano
Gary Mapp – bass
Art Blakey – drums (A1 through A4)
Max Roach – drums (B1 through B4)
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, NJ; October 15, 1952 (A1 to A4) and December 18, 1952 (B1 to B4).
Disc 2:
Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows For LP
Featuring Sonny Rollins
Side A
  1. Let’s Call This
  2. Think Of One
Side B
  1. Friday The Thirteenth
Thelonious Monk – piano
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Julius Watkins – French horn
Percy Heath – bass
Willie Jones – drums
Recorded at WOR Studios, New York City; November 13, 1953
Disc 3:
Thelonious Monk Quintet
Side A
  1. We See
  2. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Side B
  1. Locomotive
  2. Hackensack
Thelonious Monk – piano
Ray Copeland – trumpet
Frank Foster – tenor saxophone
Curly Russell – bass
Art Blakey – drums
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ; May 11, 1954.
Disc 4:
Thelonious Monk Plays
Side A
  1. Work
  2. Nutty
Side B
  1. Blue Monk
  2. Just A Gigolo
Thelonious Monk – piano
Percy Heath – bass
Art Blakey – drums
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ; September 22, 1954
Disc 5:
Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk
Side A
  1. The Way You Look Tonight
  2. I Want To Be Happy
Side B
  1. More Than You Know
Thelonious Monk – piano
Sonny Rollins – tenor saxophone
Tommy Potter – bass
Art Taylor – drums
Recorded at Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey; October 25, 1954

Courtesy: Craft Recordings

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