Thelonious Monk Monk Alone: The Complete Columbia Solo Studio Recordings (1962-1968)

Columbia
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  • 1. body and soul (remake take 2)
  • 2. just a gigolo (take 1)
  • 3. don't blame me (remake take 1)
  • 4. nice work if you can get it (take 3)
  • 5. memories of you (take 1)
  • 6. i love you sweetheart of all my dreams
  • 7. i surrender, dear (take 1)
  • 8. sweet and lovely (take 2)
  • 9. everything happens to me (take 3)
  • 10. i should care (take 1)
  • 11. north of the sunset (take 1)
  • 12. these foolish things (take 3)
  • 13. i hadn't anyone till you (take 4)
  • 14. dinah (take 2)
  • 15. i'm confessin (take 2)
  • 16. monk's point (take 1)
  • 17. ask me now (take 2)
  • 18. ruby, my dear (take 3)
  • 19. round midnight (take 2)
  • 20. between the devil and the deep blue sea
  • 21. this is my story, this is my song
  • 22. introspection (take 4)
  • 23. darn that dream (take 1)
  • 24. body and soul (remake take 3)
  • 25. body and soul (take 3)
  • 26. don't blame me (take 1)
  • 27. i love you sweetheart of all my dreams
  • 28. sweet and lovely (take 1)
  • 29. everything happens to me (take 1)
  • 30. everything happens to me (take 2)
  • 31. i hadn't anyone till you (take 2)
  • 32. dinah (take 1)
  • 33. i'm confessin (take 1)
  • 34. ask me now (take 3)
  • 35. everything happens to me (take 3)
  • 36. introspection (take 3)
  • 37. ruby, my dear (take 1)

This collection of solo recordings in the 1960s shows him to be out of step with the age and all the more contemporary because of it. Whilst his contemporaries were raging and screeching, here's Monk recording some well-known and totally obscure songs from the 20s and 30s in the apparently hopelessly outdated stride piano style. Yet Monk makes it sound vital, through reharmonisation and wonderful improvising, that genuinely sticks to what is written but transforms it into something better.