Thelonious Monk - The Classic Quartet (mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Thelonious Monk - The Classic Quartet (mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Thelonious Monk - The Classic Quartet (mono) - AudioSoundMusic
Thelonious Monk - The Classic Quartet (mono) - AudioSoundMusic

Thelonious Monk - The Classic Quartet (mono)

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Piano – Thelonious Monk [click here to see more vinyl featuring Thelonious Monk]

Tenor Saxophone – Charlie Rouse [click here to see more vinyl featuring Charlie Rouse]

Drums – Frankie Dunlop

Bass – Butch Warren

Written by Thelonious Monk (A1-3, B2), Kenny Clarke (A1), Irving Caesar (B1), Julius Brammer (B1), Leonello Casucci (B1)

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : unspecifed

Label : Candid

Original Label : Baybridge Records

Recorded at Studio G, Tokyo Broadcasting System TV, Tokyo

Recorded by TBS Engineer Group

Produced by Takeo Yokota

Restoration from Videotape by Kiyoshi Iwami

Remastered by Bernie Grundman

Cover design by Hiroshi Sakakibara

Photography by Kenny Inaoka

Liner Notes by Scott Yanow

Originally released in 1983

Reissued in June 2023

Track :

Side A:

  1. Epistrophy
  2. Ba-Lou Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are
  3. Evidence

Side B:

  1. Just a Gigolo
  2. Blue Monk


Reviews :

“The audio portion of a television show Thelonious Monk recorded in Tokyo during his 1963 tour of Japan, The Classic Quartet features Charlie Rouse on tenor sax, Butch Warren on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums delivering a fairly standard Monk set of the day. It opens with the familiar "Epistrophy," followed by a rare live version of "Bolivar Blues," the newly arranged "Evidence" (based on the chord structure of "Just You, Just Me"), a heartbreakingly lovely solo piano take on "Just a Gigolo," and ending with an extended and bluesy version of "Blue Monk." The sound is very good, with the drums and bass up more in the mix than usual, which gives the set a little extra punch, and Rouse -- perhaps Monk's most sympathetic musical collaborator -- is in typically good form on tenor sax. The highlight is Monk's solo spot on "Just a Gigolo," where his angular, dissonant piano lines restructure and reassemble the melody into a halting, delicate, and poignant mini-masterpiece, demonstrating Monk's uncanny ability to adapt standards into his own eccentric space. The Classic Quartet makes a nice addition to the Monk discography.” AllMusic Review by Steve Leggett

Rating :

AllMusic : 3.5 / 5 ; Discogs : 4.67 / 5

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