Expanded 65th Anniversary Edition!
Includes a remastered version of the 1958 album plus unreleased outtakes on a second LP!
Remastered from the original tapes in mono!
Thelonious Monk and Art Blakey frequently recorded together in the decade leading up to these 1957 sessions produced by Nesuhi Ertegun and recorded at Capitol Studios in New York. The new reissue will be released as a double LP set on 180-gram vinyl that includes a selection of previously unreleased outtakes.
The vinyl version comes in a replica of the original sleeve, which features photos from the era, including the cover art taken by Lee Friedlander, an award-winning photographer renowned for the portraits of jazz artists he took for Atlantic Records in the 1950s. The LP version includes a newly remastered version of the 1958 album, plus unreleased outtakes on disc two.
On May 14 and 15, 1957, Thelonious Monk sat in with Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers to record a one-off album for Atlantic Records; Monk's lone appearance on the label. It was also his only recording with the Jazz Messengers, an ever-evolving collective led by drummer Art Blakey, who's joined on the album by Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and bassist Spanky DeBrest.
The bond between Monk and Blakey makes the album a true meeting of the minds, a beautiful union of Monk's melodies with Blakey's unshakable sense of swing on stellar versions of Monk originals like "In Walked Bud," "I Mean You," and "Blue Monk."
An illustrated booklet comes with the collection and features liner notes by music historian, journalist and producer Ashley Khan. His writing provides historical context about the artists and insightful commentary about their art. He notes: "Riverside's Brilliant Corners and Monk's Music are inarguably classic recordings from the same 1956-'57 period. Yet they were more about studio craft and introducing new material. Atlantic's Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk was also a studio effort, yet it bristles as a blowing session should, pulsing with a giddy, anything-can-happen energy."