Sunday, February 12, 2017


About time for a re-up on this one, originally heard here in July 2012. . . .

Thelonious Monk • Blue Monk • 1963

Get it: Monk’s Greatest Hits

Thelonious Monk, piano; Charlie Rouse, tenor sax; Pee Wee Russell, clarinet; Butch Warren, bass; Frankie Dunlop, drums. Live at Newport, 1963.


  1. I own quite a few Monk records. In fact, may have been one of the few 10 year olds to ever say that "Blue Bolivar Blues" was her favorite tune [actually, it still is].

    Anyway, I do more or less know my Monk and I'm a little surprised at the clarinet. This has got to originally come from the Miles & Monk at Newport album, right?

    Obviously I don't own either "Miles & Monk" or the "Greatest Hits".

    1. Well . . . I'm surprised a 10-year old could even say "Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues-Are" let alone say it's their favorite record!

      So, anyway, this is from Newport 1963, and George Wein apparently thought it would be interesting to pair up Monk with Pee Wee Russell (with no rehearsal!); the performance has kind of been poo-pooed over the years, but I like it. Greatest Hits seems to have been a late-60s "let's get the hippies" cash-in with liner notes reproduced from a Rolling Stone piece; it does feature a nice slew of otherwise unissued live and studio versions of various Monk "hits." "Blue Monk" also made an appearance on the Miles & Monk Newport LP, Miles 1958 on one side, Monk 1963 on the other.

  2. Sunday morning - check. Coffee - check. Monk - check. For these 11 minutes I can pretend that all is right with the world.

    1. Make room for me at your table . . . I'm on my way! —The Subliminal Kid