Thelonious Monk : Criss-Cross
Thelonious Monk : Criss-Cross
1963's "Criss-Cross" served as Thelonious Monk's second for Columbia Records following "Monk's Dream" which was issued earlier the same year. Produced by Teo Macero, the singular pianist is joined on the first-rate 8-song endeavor by the likes of Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone), John Ore (bass) and Frankie Dunlop (drums). The excellent quartet offers up takes on six classic Monk compositions including "Hackensack", "Criss-Cross", "Eronal," "Rhythm-A-Thing", "Think Of One" and "Crepuscule With Nellie" to go along with compelling renditions of the standards "Tea for Two" (Irving Caesar/Vincent Youmans) and "Don't Blame Me" (Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh).
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Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan – Mulligan Meets Monk
Thelonious Monk and Gerry Mulligan – Mulligan Meets Monk
Since it is only in fiction, legend and superficial histories of jazz that there is supposed to be either indifference or active dislike between various schools of jazz, there should be nothing at all surprising in the revelation that Gerry and Thelonious have always had strongly positive feelings about each other's music. What may be more surprising is that there is a long-standing bond of personal friendship between them, and that the idea of playing together has long been a very appealing one to both men. Consequently, the suggestion that they record jointly made immediate sense to both.  
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Sale! Thelonious Monk Quartet – Misterioso
Thelonious Monk Quartet – Misterioso
(Recorded at the Five Spot Cafe, New York City : August 1958 The most impressive point to be made about his record is that it is a product of precisely the same night's work as the earlier Riverside album, Thelonious Action; the two are in all respects a matched set. On the evening of August 7, 1958, recording equipment was rather precariously set up in the always-overcrowded Five Spot, the room where Monk had made his triumphant recent return to the New York club scene and was now appearing with a new quartet featuring Johnny Griffin. This turned out to be the first successful live recording of Thelonious (he had rejected the results of a night's work here a month earlier), and the substantial number of Monk-approved performances were readily programmed onto two full and equally memorable albums.  
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Thelonious Monk Quartet – Thelonious in Action
Thelonious Monk Quartet – Thelonious in Action
The place: one of New York’s most celebrated jazz rooms, the Five Spot. The time: summer 1958. The leader is the great Thelonious Monk, at the peak of his abilities as a performer and captured “in action” at the club where he first emerged into the spotlight. The band is one that has been drastically undervalued in history, largely because it was the successor to the legendary quartet that featured John Coltrane. But this group — Johnny Griffin, Roy Haynes, Ahmed Abdul-Malik and their exuberant leader — created two highly memorable in-performance albums (of which this is the first) of classic Monk repertoire.  
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Sale! Thelonious Monk Quintet – Five by MONK by Five
Thelonious Monk Quintet – Five by MONK by Five
This is the tenth album that Thelonious Monk, one of the truly significant figures of modern jazz, has recorded for Riverside. Like all the LPs that have preceded it, this one is brimming over with vitality, wit, and creative originality. This is, specifically, a quintet album. It is deliberately, and not at all accidentally, a quintet album : conceived and executed throughout as "Five by Monk by Five". The 'five' are made up of what was, at the time of recording, Monk's regular working quartet, plus Thad Jones.  
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Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane
Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane

For decades these sessions remained tantalising evidence of what might have been. In 1957, Coltrane was trying to reconcile the world of the junkie with the world of a successful musician in the most high-profile sideman gig in jazz as … Continued

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Sale! Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
Thin Lizzy found their trademark twin-guitar sound on 1975's Fighting, but it was on its 1976 successor, Jailbreak, where the band truly took flight.
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Sale! Tim Buckley – Blue Afternoon
Tim Buckley – Blue Afternoon
Blue Afternoon was Tim Buckley's first self-produced record and his debut for Herb Cohen and Frank Zappa's Straight label. Buckley's first two albums were very much of their time and place, with their psychedelically tinged folk-rock compositions; naïve, romantic lyrical content; and moments of earnest protest.  
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Tina Brooks – Back To The Tracks
Tina Brooks – Back To The Tracks
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine The music that comprises Back to the Tracks was recorded in September 1960, months after the sessions for True Blue, but it sat on the shelves until Mosaic reissued it as part of their Complete Blue Note Recordings box, even though it was penciled in for release. Like Minor Move, Tina Brooks first session that stayed unreleased for over 20 years, Back to the Tracks is an excellent hard bop set, and it's hard to understand why it wasn't released at the time. Brooks leads a fantastic band featuring alto saxophonist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Blue Mitchell, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor through three originals and two standards. Each musician has opportunity to shine, but Brooks remains the center of attention. His style is remarkably fluid, capable of graceful, elegant turns on the ballads and clean, speedy improvisations on the up-tempo bop. Each of the five songs have breathtaking moments, confirming Brooks talents as a saxophonist, composer and leader. Listening to Back to the Tracks, it's impossible to figure out why the record wasn't released at the time, but it's a hard bop gem from the early '60s to cherish.  
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Tina Brooks – True Blue
Tina Brooks – True Blue
True Blue is down home but neither Tina or Freddie are self conscious or put their audience on.  There are some nice little commas and apostrophes in the line.  Tina has gone his own way.  To do this within an already established framework is, in some senses, as much of an accomplishment as forming a completely new style".
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Toni Childs – Union
Toni Childs – Union
Union’s release in 1988 announced a bold, incendiary new voice in the singer/songwriter sweepstakes in Toni Childs.
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Tschaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.74(Pathetique)
Tschaikowsky – Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op.74(Pathetique)
Not even the man behind the microphone, Werner Wolf, can recall making this recording – although a yellowed recording protocol discloses carefully noted details about the recording venue and date. No wonder that the tapes never got made into records. It is not with a little pride and much joyful anticipation that the announcement can be made: the record is spinning on the turntable at last! And at long last a gap in Fricsay’s repertoire can be closed. Specially recommended: listen to the wonderful clarity of the upper strings which is preserved even in the softest passages.
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