Retrospective 002: Thelonious Monk

Earlier this year, there came a surprise release of newly uncovered and prepared and packaged recordings by Thelonious Monk.

You can hear the tunes over at bandcamp. Where it states:

Hot on the heels of Impulse’s recently unearthed Coltrane number one hit album comes another beauty from Jazz’s ‘Holy Trinity’. This is a previously unreleased, precious lost treasure from Monk’s most critically acclaimed line-up; Charlie Rouse on saxophone, John Ore on double bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. The music was recorded live in Copenhagen in 1963 at the peak of Monk’s career. A year later he was to feature on the cover of TIME magazine, one of only for 4 Jazz artists ever to do so.

The performance, a mixture of Monk originals and interpretations of standards, showcases Monk at his prime: full of avant-garde flair and wit, but always with a swinging feel that explains his title as the ‘High Priest of Bebop’.

The original tapes, saved from a skip and blessed with the approval of the Monk estate, have been faithfully restored, mastered and cut using Gearbox’s legendary all-analogue process.

Line-up

Thelonious Monk – piano
Charlie Rouse – tenor saxophone
John Ore – double bass
Frankie Dunlop – drums

Released September 28, 2018

 


Here are two Radio Free Amsterdam shows from the archive which feature the music of Thelonious Monk: Brilliant Corners by David Kunian, and Thelonious by John Sinclair. Enjoy.

–Steve Fly

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 159: BRILLIANT CORNERS

David Kunian is playing another hour’s worth of Thelonious Monk compositions as played by other artists including the Jason Moran Trio, Dizzy Gillespie, Fred Hersch & His Trio, Wadada Leo Smith, Larry Young & Elvin Jones, Chris Spedding, Mark Bingham, Cecil Taylor, Jonathan Batiste, and the Miles Davis Sextet.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

BRILLIANT CORNERS

JAZZ LUNATIQUE 159

David Kunian, WWOZ-FM, New Orleans, November 14, 2017 [18028]

 

Egg Yolk Jubilee: A Call For All Demons

Jason Moran Trio: Crepescule With Nellie

Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy Atmosphere

Fred Hersch & His Trio: Booboo’s Borthday

Wadada Leo Smith: Solo Reflections & Meditations on Monk

Larry Young & Elvin Jones: Monk’s Dream

Chris Spedding: Work

Mark Bingham: Brilliant Corners

Cecil Taylor: Bemsha Swing

Jonathan Batiste: Straight No Chaser

Miles Davis Sextet: Straight No Chaser

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by David Kunian for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by David Kunian at WWOZ-FM, New Orleans

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

© 2018 David Kunian. Used with permission.


JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 778: THELONIOUS

 

Episode 778 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor in celebration of the 101st birthday of Thelonious Monk with some early recordings by Monk, a poem of mine, cuts from Dave McMurray’s new Blue Note Records album, and three by Yusef Lateef as performed by McMurray at the Wright Museum of African American History earlier this month.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THELONIOUS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 778

Advantage Living Center, Warren MI, October 24, 2018 [18561]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair: fly right

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious

Thelonious Monk: Well You Needn’t

Thelonious Monk: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Thelonious Monk: Bye-Ya

Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy

Dave McMurray: Detroit Theme/Detroit 3

Dave McMurray: Naked Walk

Dave McMurray: Bop City D

Dave McMurray: Music Is Life (Live It)

Yusef Lateef: Yusef’s Mood

Yusef Lateef: Belle Isle

Yusef Lateef: Eastern Market

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Michael Simmons & Charles Ezra Farrell

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

John Sinclair Radio Show 780: Red Gravy

Episode 780 is coming once more from the Advantage Living Center rehab faciity at 12 Mile Rd & Hoover in Warren MI where I’m recovering from a fall on my ass on October 10 and playing a program of music from New Orleans by Keith Stone & Red Gravy from their new album, with conversation and commentary by Robert Jr. Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

RED GRAVY

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 780

Advantage Living Center, Warren MI, November 3, 2018 [18589]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Red Gravy: Red Gravy

Keith Stone Conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Red Gravy: Ain’t That The Blues

Keith Stone Conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Red Gravy: Something In The Water

Keith Stone Conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Red Gravy: Don’t Count Me Out

Keith Stone Conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Red Gravy: Hard To Have The Blues

Keith Stone Conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Red Gravy: You Ain’t Got Nothing

Keith Stone Conversation with Robert Jr. & Sugar Mae

Red Gravy: Love Done Put Me Down

Red Gravy: Crazy In Love With You

Red Gravy: Time To Move On

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

 

John Sinclair Radio Show 779: Handclapping

Episode 779 is coming from the Advantage Living Center rehab faciity at 12 Mile Rd & Hoover in Warren MI where I’m recovering from a fall on my ass.a couple of weeks ago. It’s my dad’s birthday and I’m putting together a program of music from Yusef Lateef, Charlie Parker, Wynonie Harris, Thornetta Davis, Little Victor, Sun Ra & His Arkestra, Louis Prima, Red Prysock, J. Monque’D, Jimmy Reed, Thelonious Monk, the Tony Dagradi Trio, Johnny Nicholas & Friends, JT Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters, Little Walter, and Charlie Parker with strings.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

HANDCLAPPING

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 779

Advantage Living Center, Warren MI, October 25, 2018 [18575]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Charlie Parker: Chasin’ the Bird

Wynonie Harris with Sun Ra: Dig This Boogie

Thornetta Davis: Get Up And Dance Away Your Blues

Little Victor: Going Back To Memphis

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Of Sounds And Something Else

Louis Prima: Hey Ba Ba Re Bop

Red Prysock: Handclapping

J. Monque’D: The Radio & Jimmy Reed

Jimmy Reed: Big Boss Man

Thelonious Monk: In Walked Bud

Tony Dagradi Trio: Nutty

Johnny Nicholas & Friends: That’s Alright Mama

JT Lauritsen & The Buckshot Hunters: Stay With Me

Thornetta Davis: Feels Like Religion

Little Walter: Roller Coaster

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

John Sinclair Radio Show 778: Thelonious

Episode 778 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor in celebration of the 101st birthday of Thelonious Monk with some early recordings by Monk, a poem of mine, cuts from Dave McMurray’s new Blue Note Records album, and three by Yusef Lateef as performed by McMurray at the Wright Museum of African American History earlier this month.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THELONIOUS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 778

Advantage Living Center, Warren MI, October 24, 2018 [18561]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair: fly right

Thelonious Monk: Thelonious

Thelonious Monk: Well You Needn’t

Thelonious Monk: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Thelonious Monk: Bye-Ya

Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy

Dave McMurray: Detroit Theme/Detroit 3

Dave McMurray: Naked Walk

Dave McMurray: Bop City D

Dave McMurray: Music Is Life (Live It)

Yusef Lateef: Yusef’s Mood

Yusef Lateef: Belle Isle

Yusef Lateef: Eastern Market

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Special thanks to Michael Simmons & Charles Ezra Farrell

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

John Sinclair Radio Show 777: Lucky Number

Episode 777 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor in celebration of my 77th birthday tomorrow, with selections from my new Funky D Records album called Still Kickin’, my previous Funky D release called Mobile Homeland, and recent live recordings from the Scarab Club with the Planet D Nonet and from the Derroit Instiutute of Arts with the Blues Scholars featuring Johnny Evans, Dave McMurray, Jeff Grand, Phil Hale, James Simonson and Skeeto Valdez.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

LUCKY NUMBER

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 777

Cass Corridor, Detroit, October 1, 2018 [18547]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Sinclair: Rhythm Inning

John Sinclair: Two Prayers

John Sinclair: Motor City Is Burning

John Sinclair: Crossroads

John Sinclair: Hell Hound On My Trail

John Sincalr & Planet D Nonet: Round About Midnight

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: Intro > Mobile Homestead

John Sinclair & His Blues Scholars: everything happens to me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

John Sinclair Radio Show 776: Afro Blue

Episode 776 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor with music by John Coltrane in celebration of his birth date on this day in 1926, with powerful selections from the Impulse albums Africa/Brass, Coltrane, and Coltrane Live At Birdland.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

AFRO BLUE

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 776

Cass Corridor, Detroit, September 23, 2018 [18533]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

John Coltrane: Africa

John Coltrane Quartet: Out Of This World

John Coltrane: Blues Minor

John Coltrane: Afro Blue

John Coltrane: I Want to Talk About You

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

John Sinclair Radio Show 775: Another Order Of Being

Episode 775 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor with music from my friend Howard Glazer’s new album, three cuts from my forthcoming album on Funky D Records called Still Kicking, plus the Planet D Nonet, Little Freddie King, J. Monque’D in song and in conversation with Robert Jr Whitall & Sugar Mae Owens of Big City Rhythm & Blues magazine, Sun Ra & His Arkestra from the Savoy album The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra, and a collaboration between Steve The Fly & myself centered on my verse composition for Sun Ra titled “Another Order of Being.”

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

ANOTHER ORDER OF BEING

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 775

Cass Corridor, Detroit, September 13, 2018 [18519]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

Howard Glazer: Walking in Detroit

John Sinclair: Monk In Orbit

John Sinclair: All Alone

John Sinclair: When You Dance

Planet D Nonet: Imagine My Frustration

Little Freddie King: King Freddie’s Shuffle

J. Monque’D: Indian Princess

Robert Jr Whitall & Sugar Mae: Conversation with J. Monque’D

J. Monque’D Blues Band: Mustard Greens

Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Where Is Tomorrow

John Sinclair & Steve The Fly: Another Order of Being

Charlie Parker: They Can’t Take That Away From Me

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation

John Sinclair Radio Show 774: Kokaine Karma

Episode 774 is coming from the Detroit studios of Radio Free Amsterdam in the Cass Corridor with a program of music selected to go with our special offering for this week, a broadcast of Kokaine Karma with co-hosts Bob “Righteous” Rudnick & Dennis Frawley—quite possibly the first free-form FM show in radio history—with John Sinclair, Wayne Kramer and the MC-5 “live’ in the WFMU-FM studios at Upsula College in East Orange, New Jersey in December 1968, sent to Radio Free Amsterdam this morning by our Los Angeles correspondent, brother Michael Simmons. I’ve posted tunes by the artists cited by the Karma twins: Malcolm X, Pharaoh Sanders, the MC-5, and Archie Shepp, plus cuts by James Brown and John Coltrane in the Kokaine Karma tradition.

 

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

KOKAINE KARMA

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 774

Cass Corridor, Detroit, September 10, 2018 [18505]

 

Yusef Lateef: Happyology

James Brown: Say It Loud

Malcolm X; World Wide Revolution

Pharaoh Sanders: Upper Egypt & Lower Egypt

MC-5: Motor City Is Burning

Archie Shepp: Mama Too Tight

Bob Rudnick & Dennis Frawley: Kokaine Karma Broadcast

MC-5: Come Together

MC-5: Rocket Reducer No. 62

MC-5: Rambling Rose

John Coltrane: Up Against The Wall

 

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

 

© 2018 The John Sinclair Foundation