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10/15/47, 10/24/47, 11/21/47

Rating: 4.429 (average of 7 ratings)

Genre: bebop jazz

Quotable: “Belongs in every jazz collection” – Rick Anderson, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Humph
  2. Thelonious
  3. Ruby, My Dear
  4. Well You Needn’t
  5. April in Paris
  6. Introspection
  7. Off Minor
  8. In Walked Bud
  9. Round About Midnight
  10. Epistrophy
  11. I Mean You


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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. Rated best album of the year by DMDB.

Genius of Modern Music, Vol. 1
Thelonious Monk
“Volume 1 of the two-volume Genius of Modern Music set comprises the first sessions Thelonious Monk recorded as a leader…It’s impossible to overstate the importance of these sessions. They include some of the earliest recordings of Monk compositions that would become standards, despite their angularity and technical difficulty: the strange, sideways chord progression of Thelonious; the bouncy and cheerful but melodically cockeyed Well, You Needn’t; the post-bop Bud Powell tribute In Walked Bud; and, of course, ‘Round Midnight, which is now one of the most frequently recorded jazz compositions ever” (Anderson).

“There are kinks to be worked out: Art Blakey’s drumming is fine, but he obviously hasn’t quite taken the measure of Monk’s compositional genius, and on the November session, alto saxophonist Sahib Shihab employs a fat, warbly tone that sounds out of place” (Anderson).

“But the excitement of discovery permeates every measure, and Monk himself is in top form, his solos jagged and strange, yet utterly beautiful. This first volume of Genius of Modern Music, along with the second, belongs in every jazz collection” (Anderson).

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Last updated April 7, 2008.