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Four Monks From Columbia

By Published: October 1, 2003

He's not alone by any stretch. Newcomer Larry Gales abandons a perfunctory (albeit more than competent) role as walking bass timekeeper on several occasions. His departure into rhythmic accents and counterpoint helps catalyze a general looseness in the proceedings. Rouse, still riding on the bright side, aims toward a soulful tone. The upbeat swinger "Green Chimneys" clocks in at over 13 minutes, which of course means there's more than ample solo space. Charlie Rouse rises to the occasion with direct, forward-looking phrases that speak more emotionally (or at least more openly so) than his work on other Monk records. Vocalist Jon Hendricks steps in on "In Walked Bud" with some fresh lyrics and an inspired improvisation.

For the adventurous, Underground is clearly the pick of the litter. It embodies that strange but effective unpredictability that Monk cultivated in everything he did, and in his brightest collaborators as well. It's soulful, clever, and (at times) quite twisted. Less progressive listeners would do well to check out Criss-Cross or Solo Monk instead.


Track and Personnel Listings

Criss-Cross

Tracks: 1. Hackensack (Monk) - 4:12; 2. Tea for Two (Caesar/Youmans) - 3:46; 3. Criss-Cross (Monk) - 4:41; 4. Eronel (Monk) - 4:30; 5. Rhythm-A-Ning (Monk) - 3:53; 6. Don't Blame Me [retake 1] (Fields/ McHugh) - 7:05; 7. Think of One (Monk) - 6:05; 8. Crepuscule With Nellie (Monk) - 2:46; 9. Pannonica [take 2] (Monk) - 6:45; 10. *Coming on the Hudson (Monk) - 7:31; 11. *Tea For Two [Take 9] (Caesar/Youmans) - 5:12; 12. *Eronel [take 3] (Monk) - 5:59.

Personnel: Thelonious Monk: piano; Charlie Rouse: tenor saxophone; John Ore:bass; Frankie Dunlop: drums.

It's Monk Time

Tracks: 1. Lulu's Back in Town (Dubin/Warren) - 9:55; 2. Memories of You (Blake/Razaf) - 6:06; 3. Stuffy Turkey (Monk) - 8:11; 4. Brake's Sake (Monk) - 12:25; 5. Nice Work If You Can Get It [take 3] (Gershwin/ Gershwin) - 4:15; 6. Shuffle Boil [retake] (Monk) - 7:07; 7. *Epistrophy [take 1] (Monk/Kenny Clarke) - 5:04; 8. Nice Work If You Can Get It [take 2] (George & Ira Gershwin) - 4:06; 9. *Shuffle Boil [take 5] (Monk) - 4:51.

Personnel: Thelonious Monk: piano; Charlie Rouse: tenor saxophone; Butch Warren: bass; Ben Riley: drums.

Solo Monk

Tracks: 1. Dinah [Take 2] (Akst/Lewis/Young) - 2:29; 2. I Surrender, Dear [Take 1] (Barris/Clifford) - 3:45; 3. Sweet and Lovely [Take 2] (Arnheim/LeMare/Tobias) - 3:01; 4. North of the Sunset [Take 1] (Monk) - 1:53; 5. Ruby, My Dear [Take 3] (Monk) - 5:40; 6. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) [Take 2] (Daugherty/ Neiburg/Reynolds) - 2:37; 7. I Hadn't Anyone Till You [Take 4] (Noble) - 3:18; 8. Everything Happens to Me [Take 3] (Adair/Dennis) - 3:30; 9. Monk's Point [Take 1] (Monk) - 2:18; 10. I Should Care [Take 1] (Cahn/ Stordahl/Weston) - 1:57; 11. Ask Me Now [Take 2] (Monk) - 4:38; 12. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You [Take 3] (Link/Marvell/Strachey) - 3:34; 13. *Introspection [Take 4] (Monk) - 2:12; 14. *Darn That Dream [Take 1] (DeLange/VanHeusen) - 3:39; 15. *Dinah [Take 1] (Akst/Lewis/Young) - 2:22; 16. *Sweet and Lovely [Take 1] (Arnheim/LeMare/Tobias) - 3:16; 17. *Ruby, My Dear [Take 1] (Monk) - 4:45; 18. *I'm Confessin' (That I Love You) [Take 1] (Daugherty/Neiburg/Reynolds) - 2:41; 19. *I Hadn't Anyone Till You (Noble) - 3:18; 20. *Everything Happens to Me [re-take 1] (Adair/Dennis) - 5:18; 21. *Ask Me Now [Take 1] (Monk) - 3:43. Recorded in Los Angeles 10/64-11/64 and New York City 2/65-3/65.

Personnel: Thelonious Monk: piano.

Underground

Tracks: 1. Thelonious (Monk) - 3:13; 2. Ugly Beauty (Monk) - 3:17; 3. Raise Four (Monk) - 5:47; 4. Boo Boo's Birthday (Monk) - 5:56; 5. Easy Street (Jones) - 5:53; 6. Green Chimneys (Monk) - 9:00; 7. In Walked Bud (Monk) - 4:17.

Personnel: Thelonious Monk: piano; Charlie Rouse: tenor saxophone; Larry Gales: bass; Ben Riley: drums. Guest: Jon Hendricks: vocals (7).

*=bonus tracks.


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