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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall

Read "At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Samuel Chell

I don't recall a jazz CD ever receiving as much pre-release publicity as this one, Newsweek even referring to it as the “musical equivalent of the discovery of a new Mount Everest." Consequently, a listener couldn't be faulted for some anticlimactic sentiments, if not outright disappointment, at having the product in hand. Not to worry. Even ...

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall

Read "At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Chris May

The hype surrounding the discovery and release of this concert recording has been considerable, but now the actuality is upon us, every breathless adjective proves to be justified and then some: it's only September, and this beauty must already qualify as the Buried Treasure Discovery Of The Year, no contest.

Just in case you've ...

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall

Read "At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by John Kelman

The impact of the late pianist/composer Thelonious Monk on modern jazz is almost impossible to quantify. First emerging as part of the crew of New York musicians spearheading the bebop movement in the 1940s, including saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, he quickly differentiated himself with an idiosyncratic and seemingly unschooled approach. Coupled with his ...

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall

Read "At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Jim Santella

We need more surprises like this one. Discovered by accident during a routine transfer of tapes to digital format, the Library of Congress found a gem. Monk and Coltrane gave their November 29, 1957 Carnegie Hall audience a precious performance. The transfer to digital sound files from a 7 ½-inch tape reel has left their music ...

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall

Read "At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by David Rickert

Thelonious Monk's quartet with John Coltrane was one of the greatest groups in the history of jazz, but most of us have only been able to take other people's word for it. The group's reputation rests mostly on its live performances at the Five Spot, of which only an amateur recording of poor quality exists, and ...

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Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane: At Carnegie Hall

Read "At Carnegie Hall" reviewed by Norman Weinstein

Let's be clear from the start: this discovery of a new Monk/Coltrane live concert completely puts to shame the over-hyped Five Spot CD from years ago. Not only is the sound as sterling and clear as the sound on the Five Spot date was excretory, but the performances of the stars are light years beyond that ...