Thelonious Monk – The Complete Genius
Label: Blue Note
Series: The Blue Note Re-Issue Series
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1976
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bop, Swing



Thelonious Monk – The Complete Genius
Label: Blue Note
Series: The Blue Note Re-Issue Series
Format: 2 x Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Mono
Country: US
Released: 1976
Genre: Jazz
Style: Bop, Swing

Track list

Show Credits
A1 ‘Round Midnight 3:07
A2 In Walked Bud 2:55
A3 Monk’s Mood 3:06
A4 Who Knows 2:38
A5 Thelonious 2:58
A6 Humph 2:50
A7 Suburban Eyes 2:58
A8 Evonce 3:03
B1 Off Minor 2:58
B2 Ruby My Dear 3:06
B3 April In Paris 3:18
B4 Well, You Needn’t 2:57
B5 Introspection 3:10
B6 Nice Work If You Can Get It 3:00
B7 Evidence 2:31
B8 I Mean You 2:43
B9 Epistrophy 3:04
C1 I Should Care 3:00
C2 All The Things You Are 2:56
C3 Mysterioso 3:18
C4 Mysterioso – Alt. Master 2:43
C5 Carolina Moon 3:25
C6 Hornin’ In 3:14
C7 Skippy 2:58
C8 Let’s Cool One 4:50
D1 Ask Me Now 3:12
D2 Straight No Chaser 2:55
D3 Four In One 3:27
D4 Four In One – Alt. Master 3:28
D5 Criss Cross 2:55
D6 Eronel 3:04
D7 Willow Weep For Me 3:00

Thelonious Sphere Monk October 10, 1917 – February 17, 1982) was an American jazz pianist and composer. He had a unique improvisational style and made numerous contributions to the standard jazz repertoire, including “‘Round Midnight”, “Blue Monk”, “Straight, No Chaser”, “Ruby, My Dear”, “In Walked Bud”, and “Well, You Needn’t”. Monk is the second-most-recorded jazz composer after Duke Ellington.

Monk’s compositions and improvisations feature dissonances and angular melodic twists and are consistent with his unorthodox approach to the piano, which combined a highly percussive attack with abrupt, dramatic use of switched key releases, silences, and hesitations.

Monk was renowned for a distinct look which included suits, hats, and sunglasses. He was also noted for an idiosyncratic habit during performances: while other musicians continued playing, Monk would stop, stand up, and dance for a few moments before returning to the piano.

Monk is one of five jazz musicians to have been featured on the cover of Time magazine (the others being Louis Armstrong, Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Wynton Marsalis).

Blue Note Records (1948–1952)
Main article: Thelonious Monk Blue Note Sessions
The recording session dates reflect the CD editions of these albums. Prior LP versions contained the six Blue Note recording sessions in different, non-chronological configurations.

Genius of Modern Music: Volume 1 (1947 Blue Note recordings)
Milt Jackson and the Thelonious Monk Quintet (a.k.a. Milt Jackson: Wizard of the Vibes) (July 2, 1948 Blue Note recording session)
Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2 (July 23, 1951 and May 30, 1952 Blue Note recording sessions)
Later Releases:

Thelonious Monk Quartet Featuring John Coltrane Live at the Five Spot Discovery! (summer 1958, released 1993)
Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (November 29, 1957, released 2005)
Prestige Records (1952–1954)
Original 10″ LPs
Before their eventual formulation into three somewhat haphazard, non-chronological 12-inch LPs, Thelonious Monk’s Prestige output consisted of five strictly chronological LPs. The LPs were re-released by Craft Records in a limited edition in 2017. The LPs were released in the 1950s as follows:

Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious (Prestige PrLP 142), recorded October 15, 1952 (side A) and December 18, 1952 (side B)
Thelonious Monk Quintet Blows For LP, Featuring Sonny Rollins (Prestige PrLP 166), Recorded November 13, 1953
Thelonious Monk Quintet (with Frank Foster, Art Blakey) (Prestige PrLP 180), Recorded May 11, 1954
Thelonious Monk Plays (with Percy Heath and Art Blakey) (Prestige PrLP 189), Recorded September 22, 1954
Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk (Prestige PrLP 190), Recorded October 25, 1954
The majority of the contents of the first 4 of these five LPs were released, sequenced mostly in order, on a Prestige double-LP compilation in 1972, PR/PRT 24006, Thelonious Monk. The exception was the take of “Think of One” selected; on the compilation, Take 1 was used instead of the originally-selected Take 2.

recompilations as standard 12″ long-playing albums
Thelonious Monk Trio (Prestige 7027), recorded 1952–4
Monk (Prestige 7053) recorded 1953-4
Thelonious Monk and Sonny Rollins (Prestige 7075), recorded 1953-4
Disques Vogue (1954)
Piano Solo (Disques Vogue, 1954) – first solo piano album, recorded in Paris
Riverside Records (1955–1961)
Thelonious Monk Plays the Music of Duke Ellington (1955)
The Unique Thelonious Monk (1956)
Brilliant Corners (1956 recording with Sonny Rollins and Clark Terry)
Thelonious Himself (1957)
Monk’s Music (1957)
Mulligan Meets Monk (1957, with Gerry Mulligan)
Thelonious in Action and Misterioso (1958, live at the Five Spot with Johnny Griffin)
The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall (1959, Charlie Rouse joined the band then)
5 by Monk by 5 (1959)
Thelonious Alone in San Francisco (1959)
Thelonious Monk at the Blackhawk (1960, with Charlie Rouse)
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane (1957 recordings, 1961 issue) – Inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2007.
Monk in France (recorded in 1961)
Thelonious Monk in Italy (recorded 1961, released 1963)
The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (2006 collection of the 1957 studio recordings with Coltrane)
Columbia Records (1962–1968)
Monk’s Dream (1963)
Criss-Cross (1963)
Monk in Tokyo (1963)
Miles & Monk at Newport (1963, with unrelated 1958 Miles Davis performance)
Big Band and Quartet in Concert (1963)
It’s Monk’s Time (1964)
Monk (1964)
Solo Monk (1964)
Live at the It Club (1964)
Live at the Jazz Workshop (1964)
Misterioso (Recorded on Tour) (1965)
Straight, No Chaser (1967)
Underground (1968)
Monk’s Blues (1968)
Far East Records (1970)
Monk in Tokyo (1970, live, with Paul Jeffrey ts, Larry Ridley b, Lenny McBrowne d)
Black Lion Records (1971)
Something in Blue, Nice Work in London, Blue Sphere and The Man I Love (all 1971 recordings, collected in The London Collection 1988, three individual CDs)
On other labels
Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (July 27, 1959, Sam Records (Eu) SRS-1-LE)
Complete 1961 Amsterdam Concert (April 15, 1961, Solar 2014)
April in Paris (April 18, 1961, Milestone 1981)
Live in Stockholm (May 16, 1961, Dragon 1987)
Mønk (March 5, 1963, Gearbox 2018)
Live at Monterey Jazz Festival ’63 (Sept. 21 & 22 1963, Storyville 1994)
Live at the 1964 Monterey Jazz Festival (September 20, 1964, Monterey Jazz Festival Records 2007)
Live in Paris, 1964 (February 23, 1964, Maison de la Radio, Paris – France’s Concert, FC-132×2, France, 1989)
Thelonious Monk Nonet Live in Paris 1967 (France Concert LP FC-113, 1967)
Palo Alto (Oct. 27, 1968, live at Palo Alto High School, Impulse! Records 2020)
Paris 1969 (December 15, 1969, Salle Pleyel, Paris – Laser Swing Productions/Blue Note Records 2013)