Thelonious Monk – Monk’s Dream

Text & Fotos by Valentino 45

Dig Of The Week #20

This week we go way back to the dives of Chicago’s Southside, juke joints of Basin Street, the prospering Kansas City of the 50′s, the Chitlin Circuit and all those legendary places where the early proteges of modern jazz honed their skills. Thelonious Monk certainly made an impression on this scene by simply jamming his piano chops in a bolder and more liberated way than his fellow players at the time. This recording was made in 1953 and was probably leased to the swedish label Metronome a few years later, once word had made it across the Atlantic.

This single is lifted straight from his 1953 debut LP on Prestige (PRLP 142). While the years with Blue Note up until 1953 when Prestige took him under contract, had not been the most productive, his writing credits from that era still remain simply outstanding as far as originality and eventual popularity is concerned.

One, Blue Note 78 rpm shellac record from around 1947 came with “‘Round About Mindight” on the A-Side, backed with “Well You Needn’t”, both of which been considered “standards” ever since.

So here for your listening and visual pleasure: Monk’s Dream with a custom video by myself!

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