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

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

WONDERFUL BIG BAND MUSIC, DEMO QUALITY SOUND, and QUIET VINYL! I wish more Blue Note records had this kind of sound — natural, full-bodied, and sweet up top. The bass here is well-defined with real weight and lots of punch. Monk’s piano sounds correct from the highest notes all the way down to the lower register, and the sax sounds JUST RIGHT — totally free of the “RVG squawk” we often hear on old Blue Notes. The clarity and transparency are superb throughout.  

This is not your typical Monk album — here he joins a big band, conducted by the great Oliver Nelson. It’s an interesting collaboration that may not succeed in every way, but it’s certainly an interesting listen and even more so when you have a killer copy like this one. The sound is rich and full throughout, very open with excellent transparency. Importantly, the piano is dynamic with real weight. Many copies were a bit thin on the piano, on those you could hardly recognize Monk’s signature style. Another key element to the 3+ sound here is the wonderful separation between the instruments — on a big band record like this, you can’t live without it!

TRACK LISTING

Side One

Let’s Cool One 
Reflections 
Rootie Tootie 
Just a Glance at Love
Brilliant Corners

Side Two

Consecutive Seconds 
Monk’s Point 
Trinkle Tinkle 
Straight, No Chaser