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Music On Vinyl / Columbia

Thelonious Monk – Underground

$39.00

Music On Vinyl / Columbia

Thelonious Monk – Underground

$39.00

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“Monk, considered one of the greatest Jazz pianists of all time, recorded Underground in '67-'68. It's the last recording with the Thelonious Monk Quartet (Larry Gales on bass, Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, and Ben Riley on drums) and one of the last album he made for Columbia.

What makes Underground special is that unlike his other Columbia recordings, four out of the seven songs were newly composed and recorded. Not to mention its striking cover artwork, which depicts Monk as a French Resistance member in a particularly messy attic. Music On Vinyl is especially proud to announce that this recording has been specially re-mastered in the US for this vinyl edition from the original tapes.” - Music On Vinyl

“As was his wont, Monk revels in the angular and odd meters. But there are passages where his approach seems to be straightforward. What at first instance seems to be a routine declamation takes on a meaning of its own. Monk opens “Raise Four” with a series of repeated motifs that teeter on indulgence. But when he intersperses them in the middle of the song, the stance takes on a new meaning; imagination has transcended the ordinary. His dialog with Gales, where the bassist first takes a walking line and then moves to arco, is riveting. Rouse and Riley are upfront on “Green Chimneys,” the tenor full bodied and swinging, the drums accenting, filling spaces and energising the flow. Monk is exuberant and playful, keeping his usual structural disseminations at bay.

There are many more scintillating times: in the gentle lilt of the waltz “Green Chimneys”; in the pulsating tangents from Rouse during “Boo Boo’s Birthday,” where Monk satiates with the colors he evokes through straight-ahead improvisation; and when Jon Hendricks comes up to sing on “In Walked Bud,” even if it is only for the rarity of the happening. At the end of it all, this assumes its rightful place as another worthy part of the Monk canon.” – All About Jazz

Musicians:

  • Thelonious Monk, piano
  • Larry Gales, bass
  • Charlie Rouse, tenor saxophone
  • Ben Riley, drums

Item description:

Artist:

Thelonious Monk

Title:

Underground

Label:

Music On Vinyl / Columbia

Format:

Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Remastered, 180 Gram

Pressing:

Europe

Release Date:

This reissue: 2013 | Original - 1968

Genre:

Jazz

Style:

Bop, Piano

Catalog No:

MOVLP477

Condition:

New