Thelonious Monk - Underground
Thelonious Monk - Underground
Thelonious Monk - Underground
Thelonious Monk - Underground

Thelonious Monk - Underground

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

Vocals – Jon Hendricks (B3)

Bass – Larry Gales

Drums – Ben Riley

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

Written by Thelonious Monk

1LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press :  Pallas

Label :  ORG Music

Original Label : Columbia

Recorded December 14 and 21, 1967, February 14, 1968 by Tim Geelan

Produced by Teo Macero

Remastered by  Bernie Grundman

Originally released in 1968

Reissued in 2014

Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Thelonious
  2. Ugly Beauty
  3. Raise Four
  4. Boo Boo’s Birthday

Side B :

  1. Easy Street
  2. Green Chimneys
  3. In Walked Bud


Reviews :

"This release has long been considered Thelonious Monk's acknowledgement to the flourishing youth-oriented subculture from whence the collection takes its name. Certainly the Grammy-winning cover art -- which depicts Monk as a World War II French revolutionary toting an automatic weapon -- gave the establishment more than the brilliant swinging sounds in the grooves to consider. Underground became Monk's penultimate studio album, as well as the final release to feature the '60s quartet: Charlie Rouse (tenor sax), Ben Riley (drums), and Larry Gales (bass) behind Monk (piano). One of the motifs running throughout Monk's recording career is the revisitation of titles from his voluminous back catalog. The tradition continues with the autobiographical leadoff track, "Thelonious." The instantly recognizable stride piano lines are delivered with the same urgency and precision that they possessed over two decades earlier when he first recorded the track for Blue Note. The presence of Charlie Rouse throughout the album is certainly worth noting. "Ugly Beauty" best captures the sacred space and musical rapport that he and Monk shared. Each musician functions as an extension of the other, creating solos that weave synchronically as if performed by the same pair of hands. Newer material, such as the playful "Green Chimneys" -- named after the school Monk's daughter attended -- as well as the unbalanced hypnotism of "Raise Four," asserts the timelessness and relevance of Monk's brand of bop. The disc ends as it begins with a new twist on an old favorite. Jon Hendricks -- who provides lyrics and vocals on "In Walked Bud" -- recalls the hustle and bustle of the real and spontaneous underground Harlem jam sessions of the late '40s. It is likewise an apt bookend to this chapter in the professional life of Thelonious Monk." AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer


Ratings :

AllMusic 4,5/5 ,  Discogs 4.49/5

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