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

Mood Indigo 55: To Monk With Love

 

Leslie Keros is celebrating the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk with a second hour of his music as played by Monk and as offered in dedication to the great pianist and composer by Larry Gales, Jessica Williams, Carmen MacRae, Barry Harris, and Johnny O’Neill.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

TO MONK WITH LOVE

MOOD INDIGO 55

Leslie Keros, WDCB-FM, Chicago, October 10, 2017 [LKMI- 0055]

Shirley Scott & Stanley Turrentine: Trouble No. 2

Thelonious Monk Quartet: In Walked Bud

Larry Gales: A Message From The High Priest

Jessica Williams: Monk’s Hat

Thelonious Monk & Coleman Hawkins: Ruby, My Dear

Thelonious Monk: Pannonica

Thelonious Monk Sextet: Skippy

Thelonious Monk: Crepescule With Nellie

Carmen MacRae: The Ballad of Thelonious Monk

Barry Harris: To Monk With Love

Johnny O’Neill: Sweet Monk

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Leslie Keros for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Leslie Keros for WDCB-FM, Chicago

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Leslie Keros. Used with permission.

Mood Indigo 54: Looking Back

Leslie Keros is celebrating the 00th birthday of the great pianist and composer Thelonious Monk with an hour of music by Monk and tributes to the pianist by Billy Taylor, Roberta Gambellini, Eric Reed, Danilio Perez, Mulgrew Miller, and Ella Fitzgerald.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

LOOKING BACK

MOOD INDIGO 54

Leslie Keros, WDCB-FM, Chicago, October 10, 2017 [LKMI- 0054]

Thelonious Monk: It Don’t Mean A Thing

Billy Taylor: Mad Monk

Roberta Gambellini: Monk’s Prayer

Roberta Gambellini: Looking Back

Thelonious Monk: Boo Boo’s Birthday

Thelonious Monk: Green Chimneys

Thelonious Monk: Little Rootie Tootie

Eric Reed: The Baddest Monk

Danilio Perez: Hot Bean Strut

Mulgrew Miller: Waltz For Monk

Ella Fitzgerald: Round Midnight

Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by Leslie Keros for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced & recorded by Leslie Keros for WDCB-FM, Chicago

Post-production, editing & annotation by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

© 2017 Leslie Keros. Used with permission.

John Sinclair Radio Show 727: Thelonious

The John Sinclair Radio Show

Episode 727 is coming from Radio Free Amsterdam headquarters in Detroit, where we’re celebrating the 100th birthday of pianist and composer Thelonious Monk with an hour of his earliest recordings made for Blue Note Records between 1947 and 1952 and originally issued on 78 rpm Blue Note 10-inch singles.

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents

THELONIOUS

JOHN SINCLAIR RADIO SHOW 727

Cass Corridor, Detroit, October 5, 2017 [20-1742]

[01] Opening Theme: Yusef Lateef: Happyology

[02] Thelonious Monk: Thelonious

[03] Thelonious Monk: Humphf

[04] Thelonious Monk: Ruby My Dear

[05] Thelonious Monk: Nice Work If You Can Get It

[06] Thelonious Monk: April in Paris

[07] Thelonious Monk: Well You Needn’t

[08] Thelonious Monk: Off Minor

[09] Thelonious Monk: In Walked Bud

[10] Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Mood

[11] Thelonious Monk: Round About Midnight

[12] Thelonious Monk: Evidence

[13] Thelonious Monk: Misterioso

[14] Thelonious Monk: Criss Cross

[15] Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser

[16] Thelonious Monk: Carolina Moon

[17] Thelonious Monk: I Mean You

[18] Thelonious Monk: Ask Me Now

[19] Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy

A JOINT PRODUCTION

Hosted by John Sinclair for Radio Free Amsterdam

Produced, recorded & assembled by John Sinclair

Executive Producer: Steve Pratt

Sponsored by Hempshopper & Ceres Seeds, Amsterdam

Special thanks to Beyonce & Sunny Sinclair

© 2017 The John Sinclair Foundation

Fly By Night 231: Mohawk

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
MOHAWK
FLY BY NIGHT 231

Steve Pratt, Fly Agaric 23 Studios, Amsterdam, April 30, 2014 [SFBN-0061]
Steve The Fly is featuring the new album he’s produced for John Sinclair for
Ironman Records with all selections from Sinclair’s elongated work in verse
called always know: a book of monk, book one: blue notes, accompanied by
the very Monk tunes the poems grew out of.

MOHAWK
[01] Thelonious Monk: Carolina Moon
[02] John Sinclair: carolina moon
[03] John Sinclair: straight no chaser
[04] Thelonious Monk: Straight No Chaser
[05] John Sinclair: bloomdido
[06] Charlie Parker: Bloomdido
[07] John Sinclair: mohawk
[08] Charlie Parker: Mohawk
[09] John Sinclair: leap frog
[10] Charlie Parker: Leap Frog
[11] John Sinclair: relaxing with lee
[12] Charlie Parker: Relaxin' With Lee
[13] John Sinclair: eronel
[14] Thelonious Monk: Eronel
[15] John Sinclair: nobody knows (nobody cares)
[16] Charlie Parker: My Melancholy Baby
[17] John Sinclair: my melancholy baby
[18] Charlie Parker: An Oscar For Treadwell
[19] John Sinclair: an oscar for treadwell
[20] Thelonious Monk: Little Rootie Tootie

A JOINT PRODUCTION
Produced by Steve “The Fly” Pratt for Radio Free Amsterdam
Co-produced, edited, assembled & annotated by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: Steve Pratt
Sponsored by Ceres Seeds & The Hempshopper, Amsterdam
© 2014, 2017 Steve Pratt. Used with permission.

Fly By Night 230: Epistrophy

The John Sinclair Foundation Presents
EPISTROPHY
FLY BY NIGHT 230
Steve Pratt, Fly Agaric 23 Studios, Amsterdam, May 18, 2014 [SFBN-0060]
Steve The Fly is wailing today wih music from John Sinclair & the Pinkeye
Orchestra, Thelonious Monk, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band,
James Brown, Dr. John, Donald Harrison, Duke Ellington, and Allen Ginsburg.

EPISTROPHY
[01] John Sinclair and Pink Eye Orchestra: Monk Suite
[02] Thelonious Monk: Epistrophy
[03] Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Hannibal
[04] Rebirth Brass Band: All Blues
[05] James Brown: The Payback
[06] Dr John & Donald Harrison: Ja Ki Mo Fi Na Hay
[07] John Sinclair: Let’s Go Get ’Em
[08] Duke Ellington & John Coltrane: In A Sentimental Mood
[09] Allen Ginsburg: Prayer for John Sinclair
A JOINT PRODUCTION

Produced by Steve “The Fly” Pratt for Radio Free Amsterdam
Edited & annotated by John Sinclair
Executive Producer: SSteve Pratt
Sponsored by Ceres Seeds & The Hempshopper, Amsterdam
© 2014, 2017 Steve Pratt. Used with permission.