Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream – Our Shootout Winner from 2013

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

Full, rich, spacious, BIG and PRESENT, with almost no smear. This is Classic Columbia 360 Label sound from their legendary 30th Street studios. 

You may notice that very few Monk records go up on the site. We do occasionally find copies with Hot Stampers, but most of those sell directly to our best customers. We hope to be putting more up as time goes on. However, finding clean Monk with good sound is not as easy as it sounds (unless you are willing to pay the big bucks). We do have this one to offer, for those of you who prize adventurous jazz.

Side One

A++, with big bass that’s tight and full-bodied. The sound of Rouse’s tenor is right on the money too (no RVG squawk, that’s for sure!)

Side Two

A+ to A++, practically the same sound, tonally correct of course, just not quite as big and present as side one.

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Monk’s Dream
Body and Soul 
Bright Mississippi 
Five Spot Blues

Side Two

Bolivar Blues 
Just a Gigolo 
Bye-Ya 
Sweet and Lovely

AMG Review

Monk’s Dream is the Columbia Records debut release featuring the Thelonious Monk Quartet: Monk (piano), Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), John Ore (bass), and Frankie Dunlop (drums). Jazz scholars and enthusiasts alike also heralded this combo as the best Monk had been involved with for several years. Although he would perform and record supported by various other musicians, the tight — almost telepathic — dimensions that these four shared has rarely been equalled in any genre…

Most notable about Monk’s solo work is how much he retained the same extreme level of intuition throughout the nearly two decades that separate these recordings from his initial renderings in the late ’40s. Monk’s Dream is recommended, with something for every degree of Monk enthusiast.